Spotlight: Diego Bunuel

Let me interrupt the normal proceedings of my blog to introduce you to someone, in case you haven’t seen him before.


Diego Bunuel.


Why is he in the spotlight today? I mean have you seen this guy talk? Or walk? Or laugh? Well, you get the point.

India,Pakistan border
India,Pakistan border

In case you don’t watch National Geographic, he is the host of Don’t tell my mother in which he shoots in places that are considered to be dangerous. Places like Pakistan, Bosnia, Iran, Afghanistan, North Korea and so many others. I started watching the show because I really liked how different it was from the other travel shows. You see things that you didn’t know existed. I mean really, it would be worth getting Cable just to watch this show.

Well, I wouldn’t say I liked him instantly. I used to watch this series and then gradually started noticing how witty, smart, intelligent, charming and dashing this guy is.

with El Che,Venezuela
with El Che,Venezuela

Now I don’t miss a single episode of ‘Don’t tell my mother’ if possible. Please do watch it if you can. Even if you don’t like him, you might discover a new favorite show ๐Ÿ™‚

Here is Diego Bunuel’s profile (from Wikipedia, in case you are too lazy like me to click on links). I think it’s really impressive.

Diego received his bachelor’s degree from the Northwestern University (major: journalism; minor: politics) and then interned for various newspapers such as the Times Picayune in New Orleans, the San Francisco Examiner, the Saint Louis Post Dispatch, the Miami Herald and the Chicago Tribune before going to work for the Sun Sentinal as lead crime reporter.
In 2000, he did his French military service in Bosnia and was stationed in Sarajevoโ€”which led him to a specialization in “war reporting”. Back to France, he started working for the press agency CAPA as a war correspondent. He covered 9/11, the 2001 US intervention in Afghanistan, was embedded with the US Marine Corp in 2003 for a month as his unit traveled from Kuwait to Baghdad. After that he went on to follow the war in Eastern Congo, the 2004 tsunami in Banda Aceh, Indonesia, Yasser Arafat’s funeral in Ramallah and did a special report on the rise of Evangelical Christians in George Bush’s America, among some 50 other news stories.[1]
In 2006 he shot the first episode of the series Don’t Tell My Mother,co-produced by Canal+ and the National Geographic Channel, where he offers a new look on rarely traveled areas affected by conflicts and wars such as Afghanistan, Colombia, North Korea, Congo, Venezuela, Israel, Iran, Iraq, The Balkans (Croatia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Serbia and Kosovo) and Pakistan. The episode in Pakistan is regularly blocked on national geographic channel in Pakistan and also been removed from YouTube.
In 2008 Diego created his own production studio named, Explorer Productions.

In Pakistan
In Pakistan

Have you seen this series? I know many of you like traveling,but do you watch any travel shows? Other than ‘Don’t Tell My Mother’, I watch No Reservations with Anthony Bourdain, Globe Trekker, Discovery Atlas and Samantha Brown shows (although this one I don’t watch that regularly).

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    1. I watched this show about North Korea. I have never seen the depth reporting from NK until now. It is heartbreaking when a NK border office wanted to see the border line disappear.


  1. watched this show once .. and liked it .. what time does it come btw .. coz i guess i watched a repeat late night !


  2. I’ve never seen him before and I don’t think I can get his show here – I don’t have sky.

    It does look like the sort of thing I’d watch though. One of my favourites is ‘Tribe’ with Bruce Barry. He goes to live with remote tribal people and takes part in all their customs. It is amazing what he gets up to!


    1. Thats so sad, I believe everyone should get to watch it whether they have sky or not ๐Ÿ™‚

      Never heard of Tribe. I don’t think it shows here bcoz if it did I would have definitely noticed, but I love the concept and I’ll keep an eye on the shows just in case ๐Ÿ™‚


  3. Never heard of this but did watch Bourdain in Greece last night eating snails and dandelion leaves. It got me thinking how funny it might be to see him and Samantha Brown do a joint show – can you imagine? I think it would be hilarious. I could be wrong (they might not even like each other?!)


  4. i think the show is great …one of my favouriteson discovery channel … im from india btw …..but i don’t see any new episodes …. only repeats are coming on air. y so?


    1. Hey Naved, I have no clue. I have just started watching the show recently. I might have watched around 7-8 episodes and I watch them on weekend repeats. It could be because foriegn shows come to India late, may be they don’t have the rigths to the next season or something.

      By the way, I think it comes on Nat Geo.


  5. OMG HES THE HOTTEST GUY EVER!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    lol..ok HOT for a repoter..!!I cant take my eyes of him lol!! He looks more arabic than spanish/french or whatever he really is!I first saw him as an actor for Jalied abroad:Pakistan
    with this other reporter who had a british passport ..(there is a thing for having british passport in Paki..whatever)
    But ladies who also think hes hot..well sad news is hes like already married, and hes got a baby boy (like it says on his facebook page)

    ๐Ÿ˜ฆ AAAWWW!!!!!!!!!He knows like every language in the world..Korean,french,spanish,urdu,pashtoo..maybe more I dont know!


    1. haha yes, he’s cute, isn’t he?

      I’ve seen that jailed Abroad episode too and no, he is not the same guy, although he does look a lot familiar. I think the guy was arrested because he was an Indian and at that time there were rumours that India was going to attack Pakistan, so they thought he was an Indian spy or something. Truly whatever.

      I knew he was married although I didn’t know he had a son…hmmm…


    2. of course he is HOT and ya i’m in love with this guy, seriously with that looks he can be an actor, in the fact that He is the grandson of Spanish film director Luis Buรฑuel so he can easily be an actor, but he choose not to be and get into the glam world and that’s really hot attitude, i love hiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiim


  6. ohh sorry I meant baby..i dont know if its a boy or girl!!

    DAMN whyy?? lol..He is well over 35…anyway too old for me! Is he too old for you violet? ๐Ÿ˜€

    Ohh OHH He looks the same guy on that one..are you sure he is not the same guy?? HAHA! Maybe he did some acting for the bald punjabi reporter!But that show was touching..really!


    1. He’s old for me yes, but not too old ๐Ÿ™‚ But I wouldn’t worry about that, as if it would make a difference ๐Ÿ™‚

      I’m sure he’s not the same guy. I would have recognized him instantly. Besides I saw his name in the end credits ๐Ÿ™‚ But yes, I liked that show too, I liked the Bangladesh episode more. That was also very nice ๐Ÿ™‚


  7. LOVE you for this blog!

    And about him being married and a father, is like finding Adam Lambert is gay! (Im not a glambert fan..tho dont have numbers blah)


    1. God I can’t believe he’s married!!! ๐Ÿ˜ฆ I tought he’s like some young hot guy trying out adventurous things.. but ๐Ÿ˜ฆ


    2. well gals i loveee him too but come one if some guy is 35 and still not married or committed it means hez a loser which our great Diego Bunuel is certainly not. lolzz. hmm??


      1. There are many people who r not married or commited at 35 bcoz of some reason , that means
        they r not loosers. Change ur thinking bro!


  8. I am a die hard fan of Diego I have watched almost all his shows more than once and some even 4 to 5 times like Afganistan and NK.

    Its a damn good show people, its quite different that gives us a new experience in travel shows. Its not the usual kind of chocolate shows you watch in trave&living, its hardcore facts explained in such way that……..I don’t know how to say that u got to watch it…. This guy too handsome


        1. lolz if u ever get it plz tell me as well. i joined just because of him just to see that he had logged in there 1 year ago. so bad. and his last post on fb was on 15 march.


  9. This is my favorite show in NATGEO channel.

    The concept is very different, Its not like everyordinary travel show you see, its very interesting to watch. Its like Diego Bunuel is giving you a chance to see an exciting part of every scary country in the world in his Diego style. In fact, i just watched the Lagos episode last night. It was fantastic. It was one of my favorites. Its also awesome to see Diego spoke korean when he went to North Korea. He went to Colombia and he spoke their dialect too. He’s a linguist, knows a lot of language. EPIC.


  10. I think I’m too late.Its ok.Actually i like to watch adventure programs like Man Vs Wild. I had watched five epsodes because of Diego;) I really feel shy to say this ‘i love him” even he is 18 yrs older than me:-) hahahaha


  11. hi diego…… are you…..i m one of the biggest biggest biggest fan of u……love u so much……..i wanna see u its my dream……have u ever visited india….


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