An Idiot Abroad

 
This is one of the latest TV series my brother downloads that I have got hooked onto. Despite the title, I think the star/host, though not very intelligent, he is very good at expressing his train of thoughts. He may have skipped a few classes during school resulting in his facts quite wrong or in some cases absent but i wouldn't call him an idiot.

The plot goes like this: he is a man that does not like to travel abroad and thus his collegues send him off on "assignments" abroad that he doesn't prepare for. It's the funniest travel documentary you've ever seen, I promise! He's never happy on his assignments and he's almost constantly complaining...Those of you who can download it, u can do so and there are a few clips on you tube too. I really like how descriptive he is and how honest he is in his remarks. It's like he's always thinking out aloud, and he looks at things in a slightly different way to us which is interesting.  And you know how sometimes when you're in front of people that do not speak your language and you try to speak to them? He does it too and it's hillarious! Watch it. It's highly recommended by yours truely. I've embeded the trailer below. Oh by the way, it's a british series so to those who are not used to a british accent you may have slight trouble understanding what he's saying. Be warned! =)

This is how Wikipedia sums the programme up:

An Idiot Abroad is a 2010 light entertainment travel documentary television series broadcast on Sky1, as well as a spin-off book published by Canongate Books, created by and featuring Karl Pilkington and his radio show colleagues Ricky Gervais and Stephen Merchant



An Idiot Abroad charts Pilkington's reaction when visiting the New Seven Wonders of the World as well as to the situations he's placed in, the country's cultural habits and idiosyncrasies. It was stated by the shows producers that Pilkington has no prior warning about these situations. Gervais commented: "This is a (more real) documentary than most others you'll ever see on television. We don't plan it, he doesn't know what's going to happen.

Though the New Seven Wonders of the World include the Colosseum in Rome, Pilkington does not visit here. Rather, he substitutes this for the Great Pyramids in Egypt.

The ongoing theme of both the television series and the book is that Karl Pilkington indicates he has no interest in global travel and so Merchant and Gervais make him travel, for the purposes of the documentary, while they themselves stay in London and monitor his progress. There is an official podcast, to accompany the programme and book of An Idiot Abroad.

Pilkington, Gervais and Merchant had previously worked together on The Ricky Gervais Show on XFM.
An interview with Karl Pilkington Interview on Something for The Weekend



And here's his thoughts on food, hehehe:


 Episode guide:

# Title Original air date
1 "China" 23 September 2010 (2010-09-23)
Pilkington is sent to China by Merchant and Gervais, where he lands in Beijing and is seen to be unimpressed by the pollution and a population that does not speak English. The initial scenes of the documentary show Pilkington responding to the way of life of the Chinese most notably the different types of food as well as its door-less public conveniences. The main destination of the piece is Pilkington's trip to the Great Wall of China where once there he receives a call from Merchant who insists that he travels the entire length of the wall.[2] This takes a reported two weeks to complete. 
2 "India" 30 September 2010 (2010-09-30)
In this episode Pilkington goes to the Taj Mahal and visits a religious festival known as 'Holi day' which involves coloured paint powder being thrown on everybody in the street (Including Karl). Next stop is to visit religious 'Babas' who practice an extreme form of yoga naked. He tries the lotus position and visits a Baba who has had his left arm raised for the last 20 years.[6] 
3 "Jordan" 7 October 2010 (2010-10-07)
In this episode Karl Pilkington visits Israel and Petra in Jordan, swims in the Dead Sea and rides a camel for 8 hours to visit a bedouin settlement where lambs' eyeballs and testicles are on the menu for a special meal for him. He also shares a lift with a group of 'Dancing Nachman' who stop traffic and dance for the entertainment of those in the road.[7] 
4 "Mexico" 14 October 2010 (2010-10-14)
Karl Pilkington visits Mexico and Chichen Itza. Initially he gets caught up in the dangerous local firework festival which sees him running around in terror. He also tries his hand at wrestling before meeting up with some real cowboys. On his way to Chichen Itza, Karl meets up with some Mayans who show him how to knock down wasp nests. Finally, he gets to see the wonder of Chichen Itza at sunrise but he cannot find any Mexican jumping beans. 
5 "Egypt" 21 October 2010 (2010-10-21)
In this episode, Pilkington gets swarmed in a market, has lunch at a deaf KFC, and visits The Great Pyramids
6 "Brazil" 28 October 2010 (2010-10-28)
In this episode, Pilkington wanders the beaches of Rio de Janeiro and visits the towering statue of Christ The Redeemer
7 "Peru" 4 November 2010 (2010-11-04)
In this episode, Pilkington visits the pre-Columbian Inca site known as Machu Picchu, an "Old Mountain" perched on a mountain ridge above the Urubamba Valley in Peru. 
8 "Episode 8" 11 November 2010 (2010-11-11)
In this final episode, Pilkington meets with Ricky Gervais and Steve Merchant to discuss his travels.