TV preview: Ireland with Simon Reeve

Simon Reeve looks into the troubled history of Ireland and is shocked by the beauty of its scenery.
Simon Reeve looks into the troubled history of Ireland and is shocked by the beauty of its scenery.
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TV adventurer Simon Reeve’s travel relics take some beating.

As well as a sword from the Dayak tribe in Borneo, previously used to behead people, he recently added a “really heavy bolt” to his collection.

“It was thrown in my direction during a minor riot that happened after the July 12 ‘marching season’ in Belfast,” explains the presenter. “Luckily it missed me, but it could have done some nasty damage.”

While the grisly souvenirs are tucked away on a shelf in his Devon home, the memory of his recent amble around the Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland is fresh in mind. Reeve delved into the the region’s culture, beliefs and history for his new BBC Two documentary, Ireland With Simon Reeve.

“It came as a shock just how beautiful it is,” he says. “I feel a little bit ashamed. I travel for a living and I didn’t realise.”

He was acutely aware of his duties when discussing The Troubles on the trip.

The son of a maths teacher, Reeve was a reporter who wrote several books about terrorism, which led to TV spots, and he consequently landed work as a BBC presenter, making travel documentaries.

Ireland with Simon Reeve, BBC2, Sunday, 8pm

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