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The Tea Trail with Simon Reeve

Adventurer and journalist Simon Reeve heads to Kenya and Uganda to uncover the stories behind Britain's favourite drink, meeting the people who pick, pack and transport tea.

Adventurer and journalist Simon Reeve heads to east Africa to uncover the stories behind the nation's favourite drink. While we drink millions of cups of the stuff each day, how many of us know where our tea actually comes from? The surprising answer is that most of the leaves that go into our everyday teabags do not come from India or China but are bought from an auction in the coastal city of Mombasa in Kenya.

From here, Simon follows the tea trail through the epic landscapes of Kenya and Uganda and meets some of the millions of people who pick, pack and transport our tea. Drinking tea with everyone from Masai cattle herders to the descendants of the original white tea planters, Simon learns that the industry that supplies our everyday cuppa is not immune to the troubles of the continent - poverty, low wages and child labour.

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Credits

Role Contributor
Presenter Simon Reeve
Director Adam Warner
Producer Adam Warner
Series Producer Sarah Waldron
Executive Producer Sam Bagnall

Broadcasts

  • Sun 12 Jan 2014 20:10
  • Tue 28 Jan 2014 23:20
  • Fri 21 Feb 2014 01:25
  • Sun 18 Jan 2015 18:00
  • Sun 25 Jan 2015 18:00
  • Mon 23 May 2016 15:45
  • Thu 25 May 2017 16:15
  • Thu 25 May 2017 16:45
  • Sun 21 Jan 2018 20:00
  • Mon 22 Jan 2018 01:40

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