Cornwall with Simon Reeve, BBC2
I’ve become a bit of a Simon Reeve groupie. It was several years ago that I encountered one of his travel programmes where he was travelling around some far flung neck of the woods and I was instantly entranced. He’s a slightly gawky thirty-something who conveys a permanent sense of incredulity and wonderment wherever he’s visiting. It’s not clear how much he plans his trips, whether they are planned for him or how much of the footage shown is entirely spontaneous. But however it is done, it works. In some ways he’s a modern day Alan Whicker – letting us in on the stories of the places he visits. Given the frequency of his series it seems he’s travelling twelve months a year. Since 2015 he’s done series from the Balkans, Cuba, Ireland, Russia, Burma, The Caribbean, Greece, Turkey, Colombia, the Med, North America, and now, Cornwall.
Presumably Cornwall has become his latest focus because of a) The Covid-19 Pandemic and b) he lives in neighbouring Devon. This two-parter is, if anything, even more fascinating than his foreign travels. I’ve only been to Cornwall a couple of times, so was particularly entranced by his meanderings along one of the most fabulous coastlines in the whole of the British Isles.