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Old 09-24-10, 11:32 PM
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An Idiot Abroad - Karl Pilkington's Travel Show

I did a search and didn't see any threads for this. For those who don't know, Karl Pilkington is the round-headed buffoon that Ricky Gervais and Stephen Merchant were given as a producer when they did radio shows. They loved his bizarre, lop-sided way of looking at the world so much that they included him when doing podcasts. With Gervais' help and urging, Karl has written books, and now is doing a travel show called An Idiot Abroad for Sky TV in the UK.

I'm watching the first episode now and it's fantastic. Gervais and Merchant open the show and make no bones about the fact that this is basically to make Karl uncomfortable for their own amusement. He goes to China and the results are brilliant. His musings on China are hilarious. "Everything we've done, they've gone and done it weirder," he says as Gervais and Merchant laugh uncontrollably.

Seeing Karl experience China, and hearing his musings about it, is truly hilarious. He cannot fathom what he's seeing, but he thinks he's the only sane one there. A true highlight is seeing him react to Chinese public restrooms, and his discovery that the Great Wall of China has been--GASP--restored!

Any other Pilkington fans out there watching this?

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Re: An Idiot Abroad - Karl Pilkington's Travel Show

I've been meaning to search it out, since a US release might not be a possibility.
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Re: An Idiot Abroad - Karl Pilkington's Travel Show

It seems a little niche for US release, yes.
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Re: An Idiot Abroad - Karl Pilkington's Travel Show

I'd love to watch this, but I have no idea how I can do that. I heard about the show from the podcast, but didn't think I'd be able to see it until a dvd release.
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Would love to watch this.
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I'll get this as soon as it's on DVD.
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Re: An Idiot Abroad - Karl Pilkington's Travel Show

I found this on Ricky's blog:

Originally Posted by Ricky Gervais
Amazing news.

An Idiot Abroad is to be sold around the world.

Can't give you the details now as we don't know which channels in which countries etc. So excited. Karl won't even be able to go on holiday now without getting bothered. Perfect.
So there's a chance it could come to the US. I could see it on IFC or BBC America. I hope it does, as everyone should be able to see this. It's pure, unadulterated Karl Pilkington.
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Re: An Idiot Abroad - Karl Pilkington's Travel Show

Thank you for reminding me about this.

Looking for it now...
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Re: An Idiot Abroad - Karl Pilkington's Travel Show

I've seen the first episode and enjoyed it quite a bit, but there's so much on right now I don't know if I'll keep up with it or wait and get the rest of the episodes sometime in the summer when there is less on.
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Karl describing all of China in one word: Dreadful.
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Has anyone watched the first two episodes on The Science Channel? It's been pretty funny so far.
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I saw the first ep with China and no doors, paper or actual toilets in the public bathrooms.

It's also on demand from comcast including a 55 minute pre episode that has these guys talking about the series.
This series is going to be brilliant.
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Re: An Idiot Abroad - Karl Pilkington's Travel Show

Originally Posted by whotony View Post
This series is brilliant.
Fixed.


I've seen the whole series and it was great. I would definitely pick it up on blu ray should it become available.

By the way, as per Ricky's blog (http://www.rickygervais.com/thissideofthetruth.php), there's a series two in the works.
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So in India the Honeymoon Suite is stocked like a Home Depot --basically the message is "Now that you're married, get ready to do a lot of home improvements."
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I have an en suite shed
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Re: An Idiot Abroad - Karl Pilkington's Travel Show

If you follow the blog of Ricky Gervais, apparently Karl is on board for a second series of this show! Which is great news!
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I'm patiently awaiting next week's episode. I had previously seen the first 3 episodes and they were great.

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I saw the first ep with China and no doors, paper or actual toilets in the public bathrooms.
This took me back to my time living in Southeast Asia. Strangely enough, you actually get used to it. Some places would sell a tiny bag of tissues outside the toilets for Westerners. I always kept a roll on me, just in case. The showers are an experience as well. No running water, just a tub filled with water and a bucket to pour over your head.
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Re: An Idiot Abroad - Karl Pilkington's Travel Show

How does that work without getting too ugly, just squat, pinch it out and pull up your pants and go?
Does someone come in and hose down the floor?

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There's a bucket of water next to toilet. You just pour that water into the toilet and it flushes.
A lot of places have a spray hose which works as a replacement for toilet paper. I actually grew to prefer that over toilet paper. If you're using paper, you don't put it in the toilet. They have a waste basket next to the toilet for the used paper. Now that's something I never got used to...pretty gross.

Found this video:
<iframe title="YouTube video player" width="480" height="390" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/WtHbBAai0bM" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe>

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Thank God I'm an American.
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Re: An Idiot Abroad - Karl Pilkington's Travel Show

Originally Posted by bcd View Post
If you follow the blog of Ricky Gervais, apparently Karl is on board for a second series of this show! Which is great news!

Someone said that 2 posts before yours.

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There's a bucket of water next to toilet. You just pour that water into the toilet and it flushes.
A lot of places have a spray hose which works as a replacement for toilet paper. I actually grew to prefer that over toilet paper. If you're using paper, you don't put it in the toilet. They have a waste basket next to the toilet for the used paper. Now that's something I never got used to...pretty gross.

Found this video:
<iframe title="YouTube video player" width="480" height="390" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/WtHbBAai0bM" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe>
None of that in that episode, just a hole in the floor, no water no raised seated thing or anything else

Jordan/Israel, Ricky, "tonight you're sleeping in a cave." Carl. "what for?" "Ricky, "Because it's funny."
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It is a fantastic series. I downloaded the episodes when it aired on Sky. Glad it made it to the US viewers.
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Hopefully the US DVD release will be uncensored, if only for Karl's rants. I know the British version was uncut in both content and language.
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Re: An Idiot Abroad - Karl Pilkington's Travel Show

I've been catching this on The Science Channel. Great show!

Next week is the finale (episode seven), which says it's about Karl coming home. It looks as if the only "new" Seven Wonders of the World that Karl didn't visit was The Roman Colosseum in Italy.
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Originally Posted by CreamyGoodness View Post
I've been catching this on The Science Channel. Great show!

Next week is the finale (episode seven), which says it's about Karl coming home. It looks as if the only "new" Seven Wonders of the World that Karl didn't visit was The Roman Colosseum in Italy.
yeah they went to the pyramids instead of the Colosseum.

the wrap up episode is number 8, i believe. number 7 was machupichu, peru

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