The BBC has commissioned two new series with presenter Simon Reeve: Wilderness with Simon Reeve and Scandinavia with Simon Reeve (w/t), both from The Garden.

Following the success of Wilderness with Simon Reeve, which was the highest rated series on BBC Two in any genre since 2022 when it aired earlier this year, a second series has now been commissioned by BBC Factual. Across four episodes, Reeves will visit four more of the world’s most remote and beautiful wildernesses, regions where nature still has the upper hand. He’ll meet the people who live in these extreme and often hostile environments and seek out the iconic wildlife that still survives in our last great wild places.

Tom Coveney, Head of Commissioning, Science, says: “I can’t wait to see more of Simon’s intrepid adventures to some of our planet’s most precious wildernesses. His unique ability to connect with people all over the world, and to uncover what’s really going on in its most remote corners, will no doubt deliver another joyful and thought-provoking series.”

Wilderness with Simon Reeve, a 4×60’ series for BBC Two and iPlayer was commissioned by Jack Bootle, Head of Commissioning, Specialist Factual. The Commissioning Editor is Tom Coveney, Head of Commissioning, Science.

A new travelogue will see Simon journey to Scandinavia, travelling from the Arctic to the Baltic to uncover the secrets of the region. Nordic societies are known for their wealth and happiness, but the Russian invasion of Ukraine and the impact of mass immigration have put them under new pressure. As well as showcasing some of the most spectacular scenery on earth, Scandinavia with Simon Reeve (w/t) will reveal a hidden side to what has become one of the most important frontiers of Europe. It is slated to be broadcast in Spring 2025.

Joanna Carr, News Controller, Long Form Commissioning, says: “Simon is incredibly skilful at uncovering a different side to the places he visits, and showing us people and cultures in a fresh light. I am excited to see what his adventures in this spectacular and fascinating region will reveal.”

Scandinavia with Simon Reeve (w/t) is commissioned by Joanna Carr, News Controller, Long Form Commissioning and Gian Quaglieni, Commissioning Editor, Current Affairs.

Both series are produced by The Garden, part of ITV Studios, for BBC Two and iPlayer.

Pic: Simon Reeve in the Coral Triangle (Image: BBC/The Garden/Rob Taylor)



Jon Creamer

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