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Colombia with Simon Reeve

Simon Reeve explores Colombia at a pivotal point in its history. For 50 years, Colombia has been in the grip of a brutal civil war, but in late 2016 a peace deal was signed.

Adventurer and journalist Simon Reeve heads to one of the most spectacular countries in the world - Colombia. For 50 years, Colombia has been in the grip of a brutal civil war that has killed more than 200,000 people and displaced seven million. But in late 2016, a peace deal was signed promising to end the conflict and finally bring peace to the country.

In this hour-long documentary for the award-winning This World strand, Simon explores Colombia at a pivotal point in its history. He travels into the jungle and comes face to face with the guerrilla army Farc, which is now promising to lay down arms. In the Pacific coast city of Buenaventura, Simon finds out more about the fearsome right-wing paramilitary gangs who now dominate the cocaine trade. As the Farc abandon the countryside, there is a fear that these groups will only grow in power. Travelling in the countryside, Simon meets the coca farmers who are demanding government support to stop growing coca and stop the flow of money to criminal gangs. With land ownership, poverty and drugs at the heart of Colombia's problems, it is in the countryside that the country's precarious future will be decided.

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59 minutes

Last on

Sun 5 Jul 2020 19:00

Music Played

Timings (where shown) are from the start of the programme in hours and minutes

  • 00:05

    British Sea Power

    Fear of Drowning

  • 00:10

    Los de Abajo

    Tortuga Dub

  • 00:18

    DJ Dolores & Orchestra Santa Massa


  • 00:28

    Los de Abajo


  • 00:29

    DJ Dolores & Orchestra Santa Massa


  • 00:34

    Los de Abajo

    Tu Calor

  • 00:35

    DJ Dolores

    Flying Horse

  • 00:44



  • 00:50

    Wolf Alice

    Your Love


Role Contributor
Presenter Simon Reeve
Producer Ruth Mayer
Director Ruth Mayer
Executive Producer Sarah Waldron
Executive Producer Sam Bagnall


  • Sun 16 Apr 2017 21:00
  • Wed 19 Apr 2017 22:00
  • Thu 11 May 2017 02:05
  • Sun 22 Oct 2017 19:00
  • Sun 26 Nov 2017 19:00
  • Mon 11 Jun 2018 20:00
  • Tue 12 Jun 2018 02:55
  • Sun 25 Nov 2018 18:00
  • Sun 5 Jul 2020 15:30
  • Sun 5 Jul 2020 19:00

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