UK pubcaster BBC has ordered a two-part travel series exploring the Americas, with author and adventurer Simon Reeve leading the way.
Reeve (pictured) will travel across North and South America, visiting Alaska and Argentina, and everywhere in between.
The first of the two series of The Americas (5 x 60 minutes) will focus on North America, with Reeve traveling from Alaska to Costa Rica. The first series premieres in the fall.
The second series takes Reeve through South America, with forays into areas outsiders rarely see, due to air next year.
Both series will be broadcast on BBC2.
“Simon’s encounters across his many series on BBC2 have helped us all see the world anew,” said BBC2 controller Patrick Holland in a statement. “This new, major project through the Americas will hear voices from north to south, rich and poor, living through unprecedented environmental, political and cultural change. Simon is a unique talent and these series promise to be essential viewing.”
Added Reeve: “I’ve laughed, cried, and been awed, surprised, humbled and inspired while filming this epic journey. Every single day I’ve been on the road I’ve learnt something new, and met some of the most brilliant and bonkers characters I’ve encountered anywhere on Planet Earth.
“The journey has taken me from the freezing mountains of Alaska, one of the most dramatic landscapes you can see anywhere in the world, to the steamy jungles of southern Mexico, where I had a few Indiana Jones moments creeping through the jungle and stumbling upon the huge temples and buildings of an ancient civilization.”