Having just finished watching this series on BBC2 I would commend it to all in a heartbeat. Reeve is a shining example of how travelogues should be made by the BBC - we don't want people like Gryff Rhys Jones or some punter out of Monty Python traveling the world and visiting all the things we already knew about - we want this - Reeve actually getting down and dirty, educating us, probing, putting himself in the line of danger at times to get the true inside angle. Furthermore, one of the things that makes Reeve's travelogues so engaging is that its not all luxury and bag wallahs - he does his fair share of lugging and slumming it.
Some of the moments that lodged in my mind from this series was the outright corruption in Mexico (the ramming incident whereby the police sided with the renegade taxi driver and the Cancer team had to pay him off), the dispute over the Western Sahara (I feel ashamed to admit that I didn't even realise it was a country in its own right / knew nothing about the conflict), the plight of immigrant workers in the UAE and the suffering of those in Burma. It was disappointing that China put the kibosh on the Cancer crew being able to complete their opus by stopping them entering, and I'm glad Reeve made the point to camera about how much more beautiful the detour they were forced to take through Vietnam was anyway!
Well planned, well-research and well edited. Now he's done Capricorn, Cancer and the Equator, what's the next journey for Simon?