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An Idiot Abroad 

Brit Karl Pilkington has led a sheltered life. Not having done any traveling, he enjoys living within the comforts of what he knows, basically that being what is purely British. As such, ... See full summary »
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Series cast summary:
Karl Pilkington ...  Himself - Presenter / ... 21 episodes, 2010-2012
Ricky Gervais ...  Himself - Executive Producer / ... 21 episodes, 2010-2012
Stephen Merchant ...  Himself - Executive Producer / ... 17 episodes, 2010-2011
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Brit Karl Pilkington has led a sheltered life. Not having done any traveling, he enjoys living within the comforts of what he knows, basically that being what is purely British. As such, his friends, Ricky Gervais and Stephen Merchant, decide to send Karl to various parts of the world to experience unfamiliar cultures. Stephen believes that travel is a life broadening venture, and hopes that Karl will indeed feel like his life is enriched by these travels. Ricky, however, hopes that Karl will hate every minute of his travels. For Ricky, this experiment is the most expensive gag for his own pleasure that he could have conceived. Written by Huggo

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5 September 2010 (UK) See more »

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An Idiot Abroad: Lost Luggage See more »

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An Idiot Abroad was originally going to be called Karl Pilktinton's Seven Wonders. Without Karl's knowledge, Ricky agreed to change the name mid-filming in agreement with Sky. See more »

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Narrator: The seven wonders of the world. Christ the Redeemer. The Taj Mahal. The Great Pyramids. Truly man's greatest achievements. But there's one man who sees them differently.
Karl Pilkington - Presenter: [viewing a picture of the pyramids] If that was on my road, the council would be on it to go get that down. It's a death trap.
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who's the idiot
24 September 2010 | by edumacatedSee all my reviews

if you're complaining that there is no gervais or merchant, then you're not getting it.

gervais has made lots of cash from claiming pilkington is an idiot, but after seeing the man through his own speech and action, then i have to disagree. and i wonder if this isn't another layer of gervais' caustic social commentary.

but if gervais actually thinks carl is a fool, then i have to say the joke is on him.

pilkington is a master of everyday, ultimate truth. a mastery that kicks the crap out of the vacillations of gervais, merchant, Nietzsche and me.

this man's brain boils down the b.s. of both the ancient and modern world, and turns all of it into simple equations -- with answers.

his conclusions must confuse populist, false intellectuals. and they wonder why? their training does not prepare them for carl; and the primary reason is: for many school smart people, the obvious is hard to grasp. and unfortunately; these are usually the same people who end up on television telling us what to think.

but i love his answers.

his shtick is the twisted mirror image of the fool thought sage.


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