An Idiot Abroad Complete 1-3 TV Series DVD Collection [ 5 Discs ] TV Series 1,2,3 Boxset + Extras
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The first three series of the Sky 1 comedy travelogue in which Ricky Gervais and Stephen Merchant send Karl Pilkington, who doesn't like travelling, off around the globe to various destinations including New Zealand, China, Alaska, Africa, America and Japan. Hoping the trips will force Karl out of his comfort zone, broaden his mind and change his outlook on the world, the pair keep in touch with him by telephone from London, as he offers his unique insights on some of the world's most iconic sights, including amongst others, the Great Wall of China, Christ the Redeemer in Brazil and Petra in Jordan.
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I've seen him live, and I thoroughly enjoyed 'Extras', 'Derek' and 'After Life'.
I also enjoy Karl Pilkington's unique view of the world, like he displayed as the janitor/handyman in Derek.
However, this series is pretty poor in my opinion. There is no subtlety involved, and more to the point no humanity, which is where those other series I mentioned excelled.
It's simply a case of putting Pilkington in a worst case scenario in different countries and filming him becoming irate. Put him in a crummy hotel, make him eat dodgy food, send him to quasi-dangerous events, and film it. That's it. Zero subtlety.
It felt like the same schoolboy prank repeatedly played with a different backdrop.
It felt contrived and staged rather than organic, and by the fifth episode I'd had enough of the same 'gag'.
I checked the chronology to see where this fitted in with the rest of Gervais' work.
The three seasons were made between 2010-2013
Meanwhile he was also making 'Life's too Short' and 'Derek' during this period, plus other TV shows and stand-up, so I get the impression that 'An Idiot Abroad' was just thrown together during the gaps.
I think it shows.
References were made in this series to "Around the World in 80 Days", but Michael Palin's series was completely different. It had a start, finish, timeline and objective, as well as having gentle humour and quirky characters.
Likewise the series "Long Way Round" with Ewan McGregor and Charlie Boorman.
The only objective here was to get Pilkington annoyed and film it......It's not enough.
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Missed subtitles though.