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Karl Pilkington's An Idiot Abroad [DVD]

Karl Pilkington , Ricky Gervais , Krishnendu Majumdar    Suitable for 15 years and over   DVD
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (210 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: Karl Pilkington, Ricky Gervais, Stephen Merchant
  • Directors: Krishnendu Majumdar
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English
  • Subtitles For The Hearing Impaired: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Classification: 15
  • Studio: 2entertain
  • DVD Release Date: 15 Nov 2010
  • Run Time: 347 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (210 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B003Y734AO
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,984 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)


Are the Seven Wonders really as wondrous as everybody says? Karl Pilkington doesn't think so, but then Karl is no Michael Palin. He's more of a 'Lanzarote man' to be precise, who hates travelling and prefers throwing sand at crabs or, at a push, eating English food in Spain. In his mind, Pisa is 'badly built's a hazard', the Pyramids have 'a crap design ...all the space at the bottom and nowt at the top' and the Taj Mahal 'is probably shit at the back'. Ricky Gervais and Stephen Merchant are outraged, goading Karl to broaden his mind and visit each of these famous sites for himself. Will a close encounter with Christ the Redeemer in Brazil or a trek along the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu be enough to change their friend? For Ricky and Stephen it is a genuine social experiment. It's full of the unusual observational skills and counter-intuitive logic that the millions of Ricky Gervais podcast fans have learnt to love.

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40 of 41 people found the following review helpful
I'm used to the idea that Englishmen are infamous for taking their Englishness with them to foreign cultures, and thereby remain outsiders. I remember lectures on post-colonialism at university and thought the world had got that - and moved on - what's funny about a Philistine? I was so wrong. It was utterly hilarious and I laughed so hard I could hardly draw breath! When the pace changed, and you couldn't keep laughing or you'd need an ambulance, it was in lovely moments like approaching the Taj Mahal by river, and the Jordan caves.
I couldn't physically bear to watch more than one episode at a time, my ribs couldn't take it.
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24 of 25 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Series 2 please! 7 Nov 2010
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After the podcasts this was definitely the next step, seeing the orange headed man out there seeing parts of the world he doesn't really want to go to. The comedy here is the naivety of how other people live and how it relates to Karl's life, he picks out comedy where others wouldn't find it and is fantastically unique in that respect - it is hard to tell what is coming next.

Peru is the pinnacle, meeting a tribe and he considers teaching them a bit of dancing but of course, it may render them all useless.

Series 2 has to come, just pay him whatever he wants. I'd get him going to meet some more indigenous tribes or crazy people like a comedy version of Louis Theroux. That would be awesome.
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88 of 95 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Educational, Funny and Karl 30 Oct 2010
By yaleey
I feel that the ones who have written such negative reviews may be missing the point of the series completely, in what could possibly be the best series of 2010. The series is not intended to provide a deep insight to the 7 wonders of the world; if you are wishing this sort of insight then you'd be better off watching Michael Palin. The premise of this series is that it is about a man who hates traveling, hates "being outside of his comfort zone", combined with the fact that he is extremely ignorant of other counties and other cultures.......THIS is what makes it so funny! A lot of people have criticisms on the show, claiming that it is's not. Each episode, Ricky Gervais and Steve Merchant send him to visit a different wonder of the world and set arrange some visits and extra activities along the way. The countries he visits, in order, are China, India, Jordan, Mexico, Egypt, Brazil and Peru. It's hilarious seeing Karl give his own unique insights into the cultures and the customs of the people he meets along the way, along with his moans and gripes with each place (Ricky and Steve deliberately want him to experience the sites as "authentically" as possible in an attempt to make him more cultured). His observations and opinions are at times genuinely hilarious and fans of the Ricky Gervais show and podcasts will already be familiar with his unique views on the world in general. I find it quite bemusing how certain reviewers will dismiss the entire 7 episodes based on such insight as they don't like Ricky Gervais' laugh...grow up. My only criticism is that it is only 7 shows. I really do hope for a 2nd series, where perhaps Karl can visit some other countries and cultures, maybe even Ricky and Steve can go aswell to provide their own insights. I would describe the series as educational and funny. If you are expecting Michael Palin, then go and watch Michael Palin! Let's please have another series!
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A "BRILLIANT" Idiot! 6 July 2011
As a Yank who loves British humor, I trusted this series to be good based on the involvement of Ricky Gervais. Little did I know how good is was. They say travel broadens the mind, but in Karl Pilkington's case it seems the opposite is true (although occasionally we see that's not entirely correct). While all of this series' laughs are derived from Karl's torment in dealing with other cultures, every so often he expresses real insight from his experiences (such as his feelings on seeing the barrier that separates Palestinians from Israel). If you love British humor and travelogues then you will likely find this DVD series highly enjoyable.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars can't stand gervais ,but this is comedy gold . 13 Dec 2010
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watching karl pilkington is the funniest thing i have seen on tv for quite a while ,some of the things he comes out with are gems and the bewilderment and sheer horror that frequently portray his face during the places he is sent to visit ,will indeed get most people buckled up in fits of laughter ,treat yourself for xmas if you have not seen this on sky tv ,you will love it.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Really funny! 11 Dec 2010
Having been given this as a birthday present recently, I was not sure about it. I do not have Sky and had not seen this, but was aware of Karl Pilkinton from watching The Ricky Gervais Show. I have to say that I watched the first two episodes laughing out loud, and quickly made my way through the rest of the series. The comedy is quite natural (but probably not to everyone's taste, admittedly), but while Ricky keeps telling us that the motivation behind the series was to play a practical joke on Karl, it ends up instead as being a wonderful gift, even if he doesn't appreciate it. However, we can. The series is wonderful and vibrant to watch. Enjoy it, but also learn from it. It is everything a Michael Palin series isn't.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars KPs 7 Wonders 9 Feb 2011
Extremely funny, though I did feel sorry for Karl in some parts.
Some classic Karl quotes too - 'En Suite shed'. :-))))
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Very, very funny 5 Jan 2011
Brilliant, one of the funniest things I have watched recently. The basic premise is that Karl (a man who hates travel, with little interest in foreign cultures) is sent to see the 7 wonders of the world. For intrepid explorers this DVD probably isn't very enlightened, but lets be honest most of us do mind roughing it and are a bit squeemish about unusual aspects of foreign cultures! Whether Karl is real, or an amazing actor, watching him react to the situations he finds himself in is hilarious. The only down side to this DVD - Ricky Gervais' fake laugh every time he tells Karl about the next destination (thankfully only a few minutes at the start of each episode!).
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