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Old 10-03-2010, 11:32 AM   #1
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An Idiot Abroad *discussion on all episodes*

Has anyone caught the first two episodes? I thought it's very funny.

It is a spin-off book featuring Ricky Gervais, Karl Pilkington and Stephen Merchant

The series has 7 episodes covering China, India, Jordan, Mexico, Egypt, Brazil and Peru.

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.
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Old 10-03-2010, 01:51 PM   #2
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Has anyone caught the first two episodes? I thought it's very funny.

It is a spin-off book featuring Ricky Gervais, Karl Pilkington and Stephen Merchant

The series has 7 episodes covering China, India, Jordan, Mexico, Egypt, Brazil and Peru.

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.
A listings search on tivo.com shows no results when I enter the title.

What channel and when is this on?
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Old 10-03-2010, 02:07 PM   #3
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It looks like a UK show on Sky1. I'm not sure how you can see it in the US tho:

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1702042/episodes

http://sky1.sky.com/an-idiot-abroad
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Old 10-03-2010, 02:07 PM   #4
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Sky 1 HD, probably not "legal" yet. The show does exist out there.
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Old 10-03-2010, 10:24 PM   #5
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It's a wonderfully funny show. I know that Ricky says but there are moments when you just can't believe Karl is real. My favorite moments are actually when he really does see the wonder in the places he is visiting.
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Old 10-04-2010, 09:10 AM   #6
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It's great! Thanks for the suggestion! I had no idea this show existed.
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Old 10-04-2010, 11:33 AM   #7
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It's great! Thanks for the suggestion! I had no idea this show existed.
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Old 10-06-2010, 02:50 PM   #8
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Wow is that series funny. I had a smirk on my face most of the time.

It reminds me of the things Ian Wright or Michael Palin would probably have wanted to say on trips to strange lands. Fans of Amazing Race, Lonely Planet, The Ricky Gervais show etc.. Also fans of the Long Way Round series.

Thanks for the heads up.
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Old 10-06-2010, 06:50 PM   #9
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Okay folks, don't try that penis trick at home.... AGGGHHHH!!!!
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Old 10-06-2010, 09:05 PM   #10
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Ricky's laugh just cracks me up, its infectious.

This was a classic...

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Kr9_5uZn6ds
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Old 10-08-2010, 09:16 AM   #11
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This weeks episode was great, it had all aspects. At times Karl was happy, funny, and totally pissed off, he got the whole thing going.

I'll spoiler this so as not to spoil it if you have not seen it yet

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his comment about Jerusalem being like Pac Man because of all the religious groups chasing you was comical.

It was clear he knew about the "kidnapping" in advance

His refusal to get on the camel and running away from the dancers was wonderful.

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Old 10-17-2010, 10:16 PM   #12
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"Karlos" in Mexico was hysterical. Personal favorite was the bit on cowboys.
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Old 12-09-2010, 05:14 PM   #13
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This has been picked up by Science Channel (yes, Science Channel) and will start airing in January.

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Old 12-10-2010, 09:09 AM   #14
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Also airing on the Discovery Channel, starting Jan 21.

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Old 01-22-2011, 03:52 PM   #15
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Wanted to bump this for people who were interested. Tonight on Science Channel.

Absolutely Brilliant.
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Old 01-22-2011, 05:40 PM   #16
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Exclamation Season Pass Problems with Idiot Abroad

If you think that you have a Season Pass for An Idiot Abroad, check again and check this thread in the Season Pass Alert forum.

(Summary: The program guide altered the name sometime last week and which invalidated Season Passes made previously. Also all episodes other than the preview are stamped with the date they premiered in the UK, so a 'new episode only' season pass will skip them).
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Old 01-30-2011, 06:05 AM   #17
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I just learned of this show Friday. I loved the Ricky Gervais podcasts with Karl. I'm 15 minutes into the episode where Karl goes to India. So far, so good!!
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Old 01-30-2011, 10:19 AM   #18
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I just watched the first episode this week! I loved it! The others are waiting for me to watch.
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Old 01-30-2011, 01:50 PM   #19
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So far I've seen the Wall of China episode and the India episode.

I have to say - based on what Karl has seen so far, I agree with him. I wouldn't go to either of those places if those are the conditions there. I'll stay right here thank you very much.

Then again, my rule of thumb for traveling is "if ice is a luxury there, I'll stay here". It's not that ice is that important to me. It's just a very good indicator that they will not have the conveniences that I need in order to enjoy myself.
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Old 01-30-2011, 02:02 PM   #20
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Yeah. Traveling is overrated. Especially now... I'd rather watch shows like this.
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Old 01-31-2011, 11:40 AM   #21
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China and India are not hardship travel places because they have tons of decent hotels etc.
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China and India are not hardship travel places because they have tons of decent hotels etc.
I'll buy that, but what's with the lack of toilet paper that Karl found? Do the people that are far enough above the poverty line to have indoor plumbing really not use toilet paper?
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I'll buy that, but what's with the lack of toilet paper that Karl found? Do the people that are far enough above the poverty line to have indoor plumbing really not use toilet paper?
Toilet paper is not used in all parts of the world . . . they have other, uh, methods of, um, you know . . .
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Toilet paper is not used in all parts of the world . . . they have other, uh, methods of, um, you know . . .
Actually, I don't know. That's why I'm thinking it's so gross. Do these people just smell like crap all day?
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I'm not going to even get into it . . . you can google to read all about the bathroom practices around the world.

But I do know that many people in other countries think the idea of toilet paper is "gross." When they visit North America they are looking for a bidet or pitcher of water in the bathroom and are disgusted to find thin paper. So it's all in what you are used to.
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I'm not going to even get into it . . . you can google to read all about the bathroom practices around the world.

But I do know that many people in other countries think the idea of toilet paper is "gross." When they visit North America they are looking for a bidet or pitcher of water in the bathroom and are disgusted to find thin paper. So it's all in what you are used to.
The specific scene I was remembering was Karl standing over one of those porcelain "holes in the floor". It looked like it would flush/drain using water, so I fail to see why thin paper going along for the ride would gross anyone out.

I thought of a bidet, but I didn't think there would be one in the home of a low-income/poverty-stricken person in those countries.

How that type of cleanup would be done with a pitcher of water is beyond me. I don't think I want to know.
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Okay. Now you've got ME curious... I'm gonna go with "they use their hand" for fifty dollars please.. It explains why in some countries it is considered rude to shake hands with the right hand. I don't think it's THAT gross as long as they wash up afterwards. We're talking hand here right? What is the hand? What do I win?

Just got through watching my first episode of this. Not bad. I'll probably watch another one before I make my final judgement.
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If you're correct, I fail to see how anyone could think using "thin paper" is gross but using their hand isn't!
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I've been to a few places in Central America where they tell you not to put toilet paper down the toilets because the plumbing can't handle it, and instead it goes through a trash can. I've never wondered whether the locals use toilet paper at all, but does kinda make me wonder in hindsight.
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If you're correct, I fail to see how anyone could think using "thin paper" is gross but using their hand isn't!
I actually have no dog in this fight. I'm a TP guy all the way, but that doesn't mean I couldn't use my hand if I HAD to. The alternative is WAY grosser. Have you ever "sharted"? It's not a nice feeling...
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