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Discovery Channel Canada is running the new British series An Idiot Abroad. Future episodes, Egypt (Feb. 16), Brazil (Feb. 25), Peru (March 4) and a concluding chapter, Karl Comes Home (March 11).

It's a 8 Episode series. An Idiot Abroad charts Karl 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 show's producers that Pilkington has no prior warning about these situations.

Personally I find it quite funny and it seems like a second series is going forth later on in the year.

Episode list is as follows:


1 "China"
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.This takes a reported two weeks to complete.

2 "India"
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 right arm raised for the last 12 years.


3 "Jordan"
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 'Na Nachs' who stop traffic and dance for the entertainment of those in the road.

4 "Mexico"
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"
In this episode, Pilkington gets swarmed in a market, has lunch at a deaf KFC, and visits The Great Pyramids.

6 "Brazil"
In this episode, Pilkington wanders the beaches of Rio de Janeiro and visits the towering statue of Christ The Redeemer.

7 "Peru"
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 "Karl Comes Home"
In this final episode, Pilkington meets with Ricky Gervais and Steve Merchant to discuss his travels.
 

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It is fantastic.
If any of you watch the HBO cartoon The Ricky Gervais show, you'll understand what Karl Pilkington is all about. He's quite a character; and putting him out of his element is amazing.
 

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I don't know if it's a typo in the first post but the show's on this Friday the 18th here. Thanks for the heads up I had a friend recommend this as well. I guess it's a reason to watch an sd channel for a change. ;)
 

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Hey doglips, your right it is on Friday, I was pulling info from wiki. I am actually English by birth and totally relate to this humour. The Egypt one had me in tears at one point!

What I like about this series so far is some of the places they capture on film you don't typically see in a travel show.
 

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It's originally shot in HD, so it's too bad CTV/Discovery only has it in low def this round. It could easily have taken the place of the numerous low def Jersey Shore re-runs they play on their HD network, and would make better use of the format.
 

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Had a look and because it's censored I'm going to pass, spoiled by movie and super channel I guess (never mind the non-hd and commercials :mad: which I could have overlooked if I wasn't being protected from damaging words and images :rolleyes: ).
 
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