Simon Reeve (British TV presenter)

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Simon Reeve
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Simon Reeve in 2009
Born1972 (age 48–49)
OccupationAuthor, television presenter

Simon Alan Reeve is a British author and television presenter, currently based in London and Devon.[1] He makes travel documentaries and has written books on international terrorism, modern history and his adventures. He has presented the BBC television series Tropic of Cancer, Equator and Tropic of Capricorn.

Reeve is the New York Times' best-selling author of The New Jackals (1998), One Day in September (2000) and Tropic of Capricorn (2007). He has received a One World Broadcasting Trust Award and the 2012 Ness Award from the Royal Geographical Society.[2][3]

Life and career[edit]

Reeve was born in Hammersmith[4] and brought up in west London, attending Twyford Church of England High School. He rarely went abroad until he started working.[5] After leaving school, he took a series of jobs, including working in a supermarket, a jewellery shop and a charity shop, before he started researching and writing in his spare time while working as a postboy at the British newspaper The Sunday Times.

After the attacks of 11 September 2001, Reeve began making travel documentaries for the BBC. Tom Hall, travel editor for Lonely Planet publications, has described Reeve's travel documentaries as "the best travel television programmes of the past five years".[6]

6 September 2018, saw the release of Reeve's autobiography called Step by Step: The Life in My Journeys; covering his humble beginnings to successful author and television presenter.[7]

After catching malaria on a journey around the Equator, Reeve became an ambassador for the Malaria Awareness Campaign.[8][9] Along with Sir David Attenborough and other conservation specialists, Reeve is a member of the Council of Ambassadors for WWF, one of the world's leading environmental organisations.[10]

In January 2013, Reeve appeared in a charity special of The Great British Bake Off.

In 2020, Reeve was commissioned to present his first UK based travel show Cornwall With Simon Reeve,[11] which was ordered by BBC Two alongside Incredible Journeys With Simon Reeve. The latter show is due to be a 'look back' programme similar to Joanna Lumley's Unseen Adventures or Michael Palin: Travels of a Lifetime[12] (a show which featured both Reeve and Lumley talking about the ex-Monty Python actor's travels).

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Simon Reeve in Libya travelling around the Tropic of Cancer
Simon Reeve on the border in the unrecognised nation Nagorno-Karabakh


  • Meet the Stans (2003)[13]
  • House of Saud (also broadcast as: Saudi: The Family in Crisis) (2004)[14]
  • Places That Don't Exist (2005)[15]
  • Equator (2006)[16] (Silver Award winner, 2007 Wanderlust Travel Awards)
  • Tropic of Capricorn (2008)[17]
  • Explore (2009)
  • Tropic of Cancer (2010)[18]
  • Indian Ocean (2012)[19]
  • Cuba with Simon Reeve (2012)[20]
  • Australia with Simon Reeve (2013)[21]
  • Pilgrimage with Simon Reeve (2013)
  • Tea Trail/Coffee Trail with Simon Reeve (2014)[22]
  • Sacred Rivers with Simon Reeve (2014)
  • Caribbean with Simon Reeve (2015)
  • Ireland with Simon Reeve (2015)
  • Greece with Simon Reeve (2016)
  • Turkey with Simon Reeve (2017)
  • Colombia with Simon Reeve (2017)
  • Russia with Simon Reeve (2017)[23]
  • Burma with Simon Reeve (2018)
  • Mediterranean with Simon Reeve (2018)
  • North Americas with Simon Reeve (2019)
  • The Balkans (2020)[24]
  • Cornwall with Simon Reeve (2020)
  • Incredible Journeys with Simon Reeve (2021)
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Simon Reeve in Equator


  • The New Jackals: Volume 1. Northeastern University Press. 7 October 1999. ISBN 978-1555534073.
  • One Day in September. Faber & Faber. 1 December 2005. ISBN 978-0571231812.
  • Tropic of Capricorn. BBC Books. 6 February 2008. ISBN 978-1-84607-440-0.
  • Step by Step: The Life in My Journeys. Hodder & Stoughton. 6 September 2018. ISBN 978-1473689107.

Personal life[edit]

Reeve is married to Anya Reeve (née Courts), a TV camerawoman and campaigner who has stood as a Green Party candidate.[25] The couple have a son called Jake.[26]


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  2. ^ "". Archived from the original on 11 March 2007.
  3. ^ "2012 medals and awards". 2 February 2014. Archived from the original on 2 February 2014. Retrieved 4 April 2019.
  4. ^ "Index entry". FreeBMD. ONS. Retrieved 11 June 2016.
  5. ^ Wilkinson, Carl (1 May 2005). "On the road to nowhere". The Guardian. Retrieved 23 May 2010.
  6. ^ Productions, Shootandscribble. "WELCOME".
  7. ^ Step By Step. ASIN 1473689104.
  8. ^ Deeley, Laura (12 May 2007). "A real globetrotter". The Times. Retrieved 23 May 2010.
  9. ^ "Home - GSK UK".
  10. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2 December 2013. Retrieved 21 November 2013.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
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  13. ^ Reeve, Simon (29 September 2003). "Meet the Stans". BBC News. Retrieved 23 May 2010.
  14. ^ "Saudi: The Family in Crisis". BBC News. 8 July 2004. Retrieved 23 May 2010.
  15. ^ Productions, Shootandscribble. "Places That Don't Exist".
  16. ^ Productions, Shootandscribble. "Equator".
  17. ^ "Tropic of Capricorn". BBC News. 10 March 2008. Retrieved 23 May 2010.
  18. ^ Productions, Shootandscribble. "Tropic of Cancer".
  19. ^ Productions, Shootandscribble. "Indian Ocean".
  20. ^ Productions, Shootandscribble. "Cuba".
  21. ^ "BBC - Australia With Simon Reeve - Media Centre".
  22. ^ Summers, Chris (25 January 2014). "How Vietnam became a coffee giant" – via
  23. ^ "Russia With Simon Reeve: Episode Two". BBC Two. 5 October 2017. Retrieved 13 October 2017.
  24. ^ "Simon Reeve IMDb". IMDb. Retrieved 22 April 2020.
  25. ^ "Camden News: Anya Reeve | Larraine Revah | Linda Chung | Stephen Phillips | Hampstead Town by-election".
  26. ^ "Who is Simon Reeve's wife? The Americas tour to family adventures!". 8 October 2020. Retrieved 18 October 2020.

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