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Turkey with Simon Reeve

By Danny Brogan, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 10+

Two-part travel series has depictions of war and conflict.

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This two-part travel series does a great job of providing a better understanding of a country whose global influence is growing at a rapid rate. Turkey with Simon Reeve covers so much ground -- both in terms of miles but also talking points -- spending enough time with each subject so as not to feel rushed, but nor does it ever feel like it drags. A large part of this is down to Reeve's presenting. Throughout the documentary, he meets various people of different backgrounds, socioeconomic status, and political views. Reeve is careful to ensure the show is not about him, providing a platform for everyone he meets to express their views, grievances, or hopes for the future.

That's not to say that Reeve doesn't express his own frustrations or shock at times. He seems genuinely annoyed by a newspaper calling the BBC an "English terror agency" and highlights Turkey's appalling conservation record. Yet he comes across without judgment, leaving the viewer to think for themselves about what they're seeing. It makes for a fascinating two-hour exploration of a unique country, which as Reeve says, "won't be dictated by the West or the East."

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