The Americas with Simon Reeve

The Americas with Simon Reeve

Series 1 - Episode 1

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Review

“This is completely epic!” purrs Simon Reeve as he opens his trip across the Americas from a pristine Alaskan snowscape. Don’t be fooled. As ever with Reeve, this is more than a glossy travelogue where the presenter gushes about the views (though he does a bit of that).

Reeve’s broad smile hides grit: he always wants to probe, to lift stones and see the dark underside of the places that he visits. And in Alaska he’s not short of options, given the far-reaching effects of the oil industry there and the struggle over a wildlife refuge the size of Scotland that could soon be opened for further drilling.

Over the border in Canada, he finds more tragedy and scandal: the disturbing phenomenon of hundreds of indigenous women and girls going missing across the country, presumed murdered. Reeve meets a 19-year-old young man whose mother vanished a year ago – and yet the police still haven’t interviewed him.


Summary

The explorer travels the length of North and South America. The expedition begins at the northernmost point in Alaska, journeying south through Canada to the border with the US. In Denali National Park, he witnesses first hand the impact of climate change on a glacier. He also hunts caribou with native Americans, hears from both sides of the conflict over a controversial oil drilling plan, and discovers Vancouver's opioid addiction crisis.

Cast & Crew

Presenter Simon Reeve
Director Eric McFarland
Executive Producer Sam Bagnall
Series Producer Chris Mitchell
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