In this exciting new series, Simon Reeve, author and TV traveller (Tropic of Capricorn, Equator), leads a team of reporters in journeys of discovery to some of the most exotic and extreme locations on earth.
Explore blends travel with current affairs to get under the skin of some fascinating countries. Don’t just visit… Explore !
Watch again on the BBC iPlayer:
episode 1: Patagonia to the Pampas
episode 2: The Great Rift Valley
episode 3: Istanbul and Anatolia
episode 4: Manila to Mindanao
Series page on the BBC website (external link)
"In the last of the series, Simon Reeve leads a team of journalists on a journey of discovery in the Philippines, from the staggering scenery of the mountainous rice terraces in the north, to the war-torn Muslim regions of the south.
In the capital, Manila, population pressure has led to some surprising consequences. The city's largest cemetery has become home to a thriving community, who look after the tombs of the rich but also have their own schools and shops. The country is still in some political turmoil and a long-running communist insurgence has led to allegations of illegal killings by the army. Simon meets a general known as 'The Butcher'.
Simon also has a surreal encounter from the past - an interview with Imelda Marcos, who is marketing a new line in beauty products. It's a stunning country with bizarre wild life and a population of tropical 'Sea Gypsies' whose lifestyle is feeling pressure from the modern world."
More information on Simon Reeve's Website
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