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BBC Two has announced two new travel series exploring the length of North and South America with adventurer and author Simon Reeve.

In his most ambitious journey yet, and spread over two series, Simon will travel The Americas through the vast and varied landscape of the two continents which, together, make up a quarter of the Earth’s land space. Simon will journey from Alaska to Argentina, from the top to the toe.

The first series sees Simon travel down through North America, from the icy wilderness of Alaska to the tropical heat of Costa Rica.

The second series will see Simon make his way down through South America and is due to be filmed and to air on BBC Two next year.

Travelling with his trademark enthusiasm, humour and curiosity, Simon will be exploring parts of the Americas few outsiders or even locals get to see.

Commenting on his new series, Simon Reeve says: “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 civilisation.

“It’s a mind-blowing experience to go on a journey like this, and I really hope that viewers will enjoy it and learn from it, just like I have.”

Joanna Carr, Head of BBC Current Affairs, says: “Simon Reeve’s adventures have been hugely popular with audiences on BBC Two so we’re thrilled to announce this new two-part series commission, exploring such spectacular locations across these two vast continents.”

Patrick Holland, Controller of BBC Two, says: “Simon’s encounters across his many series on BBC Two have helped us all see the world anew. 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.”