Simon Reeve ‘really missing people’ as he endures lockdown in middle of nowhere with wife

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Author and television presenter Simon Reeve is best known for his ground-breaking and insightful documentaries of his adventures overseas. Like many Britons, the father-of-one has been holed up at home during the third lockdown with his wife Anya, their son, Jack, and the family’s two dogs.

The 48-year-old has now opened up about life indoors and admitted he is “missing people” while in lockdown.

The BBC documentary-maker previously moved out of London to live somewhere more remote away from the hustle and bustle of the city with his family.

He explained that despite their move to the more peaceful location of Dartmoor, Devon, the BBC presenter admitted it was strange not having others around.

Simon explained: “I’m in the middle of bl***y nowhere here.

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“I really miss people but it feels like everyone is living in the middle of nowhere, because we’re all so isolated.”

The author admitted that, despite the lack of people, he is grateful for his surroundings.

“There’s a lot of trees and places to walk the dogs, which is an absolute bl***y privilege,” Simon confessed.

“I need to remind myself of my good fortune most days but yes, it’s alright.”

Growing up in the capital, Simon describes himself as a “dislocated Londoner” but does miss the city.

He said: “I do massively miss London. I really, really do. I still feel like a dislocated Londoner as it were.

“I grew up in West London, the edge of the inner city. Shepherd’s Bush, Acton area was my little world and you can’t always really get where you’re from out of your bones, can you?”

Simon added: “I miss the people, I miss the place but I do love nature too.”


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The BBC presenter also dished on his family life with his wife Anya, who works behind the camera on some of his various documentaries.

Speaking about being away from home while filming his shows he admitted it does come with its own challenges.

Simon commented: “It’s tricky as I am going on what some people think is a foreign jolly. But it’s hard work.

“My wife works on the programmes and has travelled on the some of the shows in the past. So she had this slightly weird job specification, because she was a camerawoman and also a model.”

He continued: “She knows they’re hard work. I think that has been a bit of a comfort for the marriage.

“I miss my son massively when I’m away. I think my wife and son manage pretty well without me. Also, my two big dogs who I miss desperately.

“But whenever I call back they seem to be having a fine whole time. “

Meanwhile, the BBC author and presenter is giving viewers a chance to get an in-depth insight into his adventures in a new four-part series, Incredible Journeys with Simon Reeve.

Incredible Journeys with Simon Reeve airs tonight on BBC One at 8pm.


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