Caribbean with Simon Reeve

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Caribbean with Simon Reeve

Series 1 - Episode 1

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Review

Idyllic turquoise sea, sunshine and white sandy beaches; it’s no wonder Caribbean countries make the most of their income from tourism these days. But Simon Reeve’s not interested in swish hotels and watersports, preferring as always to explore the realities of a country, no matter how seedy or distressing.

He starts his journey around the Caribbean Sea on Hispaniola – the island shared by Dominican Republic and Haiti – where he finds out about international drug trafficking and restavek (child slavery), the aftermath of a devastating earthquake and the allure of voodoo.

Poverty is everywhere. He’s told that there are now fewer Puerto Ricans living in the affluent-looking island of Puerto Rico than in mainland America. Why? Because over there they can earn three times more for doing the same job.

Summary

The adventurer travels around the islands and mainland coast of the Caribbean Sea, beginning on Hispaniola. He joins the Dominican Republic police's anti-narcotics division, before crossing the border to Haiti to see the notorious tented slums of Cite Soleil, while also discovering a vibrant, colourful and thriving side to the country. He ends this leg of his journey in Puerto Rico, an archipelago that is a territory of the United States, and examines the legacy of bombing and weapons testing on the island of Vieques.

Cast & Crew

Presenter Simon Reeve
Director Matt Brandon
Executive Producer Sam Bagnall
Series Producer Matt Brandon
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