An Idiot Abroad


An Idiot Abroad
An Idiot Abroad is a 2010 light entertainment travel documentary television series broadcast on Sky 1, and a spin-off book published by Canongate Books, featuring Karl Pilkington, Ricky Gervais and Stephen Merchant. The central premise of both the television series and the book is that Pilkington has no interest in global travel and so Merchant and Gervais make him travel, for education and comedy purposes respectively, while themselves staying in London and monitoring his progress. The series has 7 episodes covering China, India, Jordan, Mexico, Egypt, Brazil and Peru.

Genre: Comedy, Documentary

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  • Watch An Idiot Abroad Season 3

    • Episode 1

      1. Episode 1

      aired: Fri, Nov 30, 2012

      Karl Pilkington's got company this time around: film and TV star Warwick Davis. Following in the footsteps of Marco Polo, the odd couple start off in Venice.

  • Watch An Idiot Abroad Season 2

    • Episode 8

      Season 2, Episode 8

      aired: Sat, Mar 10, 2012

      Karl returns home from the 'Bucket List' of adventures Ricky and Stephen have sent him on and the guys discuss the highs and lows of his trip

    • Episode 7

      Season 2, Episode 7

      aired: Sat, Mar 3, 2012

      In the final 'Bucket List' adventure, Ricky Gervais and Stephen Merchant send Karl to Japan to climb Mount Fuji. On the way Karl, stays in a capsule hotel, visits a sumo stable where he takes on a wrestler, meets a Zen Master and rides on the world’s steepest rollercoaster.

    • Episode 6

      Season 2, Episode 6

      aired: Sat, Feb 25, 2012

      Ricky Gervais and Stephen Merchant send Karl to America to travel the length of one of the most famous roads in the world, Route 66. During his trip, Karl goes to a cuddle party, prospects for gold, spends time with an Amish family, joins a high school choir and has to choose between going wing-walking or taking part in a Mr. Leather contest.

    • Episode 5

      Season 2, Episode 5

      aired: Sat, Feb 18, 2012

      Ricky Gervais and Stephen Merchant send Karl to Uganda to meet and spend time with highly endangered Mountain Gorillas. Along the way Karl prepares a feast for an African tribal king, encounters a rhinoceros and comes across a hippo that lives in a house all before having to trek 10 hours in to the jungle.

    • Episode 4

      Whale Watching

      aired: Sat, Feb 11, 2012

      Ricky Gervais and Stephen Merchant send Karl to Alaska to go whale watching. Karl takes a ride on a dog sled, stays with the local Inuit community, eats raw frozen meat and get very sick on a deep sea fishing trawler.

    • Episode 3

      Swim With Dolphins

      aired: Sat, Feb 4, 2012

      Ricky Gervais and Stephen Merchant send Karl to Australia to swim with Dolphins. Along the way, Karl has an extended stop over in Thailand where he gets a make over by the local lady boys, takes part in a special Thai boxing match, spends time in a village inhabited by 100’s of poisonous snakes and gets robbed by monkeys. Once in Oz, Karl discovers that, although he is diving with something, there’s not a dolphin in site.

    • Episode 2

      Trans-Siberian Express

      aired: Sat, Jan 28, 2012

      Ricky Gervais and Stephen Merchant send Karl off to travel on the Trans-Siberian Express. In this episode we see Karl go through Cosmonaut training, have a fight with a Mongolian wrestler, visit a Dwarf Village theme park and get buried alive.

    • Episode 1

      Desert Island

      aired: Sat, Jan 21, 2012

      Ricky Gervais and Stephen Merchant send Karl to the island paradise of Vanuatu. In this first episode we see Karl attempt two very different types of bunjee jump, spend some quality time with a tribe that worship Prince Philip, go sand boarding and ware some very exotic underwear.

  • Watch An Idiot Abroad Season 1

    • Episode 7

      Peru

      aired: Mon, Apr 2, 2012

      Ricky Gervais and Stephen Merchant send reluctant Karl Pilkington to Peru to see his final wonder of the world, Machu Picchu. But before he gets there he's unexpectedly dropped in the middle of the Amazon where he's forced to survive in the jungle.

    • Episode 6

      Brazil

      aired: Mon, Apr 2, 2012

      Ricky Gervais and Stephen Merchant send reluctant Karl Pilkington to Brazil to see Christ the Redeemer. But before he can even get there he takes part in the Rio Carnival, immerses himself in Rio's gay scene, and learns about Brazil's beaches.

    • Episode 5

      Egypt

      aired: Mon, Apr 2, 2012

      Ricky Gervais and Stephen Merchant send reluctant Karl Pilkington to Egypt to see the Great Pyramids. He tries out a traditional Egyptian outfit, experiences Cairo night life, and comes across a restaurant whose staff are all deaf.

    • Episode 4

      Mexico

      aired: Mon, Apr 2, 2012

      Ricky Gervais and Stephen Merchant send reluctant Karl Pilkington to see Chichen Itza in Mexico. Arriving in the middle of the Easter celebrations, Karl witnesses a crucifixion, is forced to do Mexican wrestling, and learn cowboy skills.

    • Episode 3

      Jordan

      aired: Mon, Apr 2, 2012

      Ricky Gervais and Stephen Merchant send reluctant Karl Pilkington to see Petra in Jordan. But before he even gets there, Karl's forced to go on a tour of the Middle East that takes in the religious sights of Israel, a tour of Palestine, and the Dead Sea.

    • Episode 2

      India

      aired: Mon, Apr 2, 2012

      Ricky Gervais and Stephen Merchant send reluctant Karl Pilkington to India to see the Taj Mahal. But before he can get there, he's forced to visit the largest religious festival in the world, stay in an Ashram with a living Saint, and play with cow poo.

    • Episode 1

      China

      aired: Mon, Apr 2, 2012

      Ricky Gervais and Stephen Merchant send reluctant Karl Pilkington to see the Great Wall of China. En route Karl is forced to experience traditional fire massage, l earn the ancient art of Kung Fu, and discovers a disturbing fact about his future.

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