Karl Pilkington's An Idiot Abroad
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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 ...it'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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There is just enough of Ricky and Stephen added to the mix but Karl is without doubt the unwilling star of the show, his Brit abroad attitude to presenting the show adds a certain unexpected charm and you find yourself reaching for holiday brochures to Clacton-on-Sea rather than Calcutta as his 'phobias' of all thing foreign become apparent very quickly.
Its very difficult to sum the whole DVD up but I'd say take a chace and buy it;you won't regret it,Karl Pilkington is an underrated comedian and presenter who seems to slip slightly under the main stream radar and although Ricky Gervais isn't always my cup of tea he knows how to produce a decent tv show and give viewers something different. Look forward to a future series.
Karl really will leave you laughing from the moment he steps down the plane till the end of each episode. All that happens are basically a natural way of how Karl sees the world/country that he is in. A real no holds bar thingy. I can't imagine a better guy from bringing us a different look and style of a travelling documentary (if even you can call it a travelling documentary) !!!
This Blu ray comes highly recommended (for whom that appreciate a different view of funny life moments by a man named Karl Pilkington)
A truly remarkable piece of television, and so funny at times you can't breath. Karl's outlook on these places he visits is so honest and also true, the way he describes places and interprets whats going on is just so funny, but for me not in an idiot sort of way, more a common sense way, I have to admit, I do think like him a little when on holiday, but I think thats just being an English man abroad. I won't give anything away as that would spoil it, but forget Michael Palin, if you want to visit these places this is the travel guide you need, and then many things will not be such a shock !
I salute you Mr Pilkington, well done mate, and please do another series!
Karl's attitude does grate at times especially when it comes to trying the local food but mostly it's just damn funny.
The final episode, a sit down chat between Karl, Ricky Gervais and Steven Merchant when they discuss his trips and show a load of previously unseen footage is probably the best epsiode.
I don't have sky so hadn't seen the series before buying it but having loved there podcasts I didn't think I could go far wrong for £.
Shame there won't be a second series! #UPDATE# How wrong I was there is a second series!