Three years ago I stumbled across a BBC series by Simon Reeve, whilst browsing through torrents on a site dedicated to illicitly uploaded UK television shows. Called Equator, it was absolutely brilliant. I watched all three episodes about five times each (I used them during English classes…) as Señor Reeve travelled along the centre line of the planet. I hoped that 2008 would bring a sequel, Tropic of Cancer. Seeing as Cancer goes through Mexico. I was disappointed. Sort of. He did Capricorn instead. It was still a very good show, done in four parts.
I’d have to wait till 2009, I thought. Surely then he’ll do Cancer. Nope. He did something a little different called Explore, which wasn’t quite so brilliant. But finally, my three year wait is over and on Sunday BBC2 broadcasts the first of six episodes as Simon Reeve travels the full length of the Tropic of Cancer. And the first episode is Mexico. If you live in the UK, be tuned at 8pm. If you don’t live in the UK, you’ll have to look it up on a torrent site a few hours later. What is a shame is that the BBC haven’t yet produced an iPlayer channel for international users, so that we can see some of their shows…..cough, cough….legally. I’d happily pay a few pesos for the privilege.