An Idiot Abroad That's Exactly The Premise Of Ricky Gervais And Stephen Merchant's New Docuseries

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Ricky Gervais and Stephen Merchant have thrown down the gauntlet to send Karl Pilkington around the globe to force him out of his comfort zone. Stephen wants the experience to broaden Karl's mind and change his outlook on the world. Ricky wants Karl to hate every minute of it for his own amusement.

His honest reactions to the strange, challenging and wonderful things he encounters on his trip make for extremely funny viewing, in what can only be described as a travel documentary come comic reality show.Gervais says he wanted Karl to hate every minute of it for his own amusement."It was a big practical joke. My quest is to make Karl a man of the people. I'm fascinated by him. Everything he says amuses me," he said.Merchant added: "I wanted to broaden his mind, and for him to learn something from the experience."Ricky and Stephen are most famous for writing and starring in The Office, one of the most successful British comedies of all time.

Gervais said: "It was much more real than reality television. This is the most reality TV you'll find because it's not contrived. This is old fashioned documentary making."When it comes to taking the mick out of other cultures, the trio don't hold back. Karl is baffled by Chinese toilets and cuisine consisting of toad and insects.When faced with the Great Wall of China, one of the Seven Wonders of the World, Karl says it's not so much of a great wall as an "average wall of China".But they say they are not worried that such comments might cause offence to some viewers who may consider them inappropriate.Karl said: "If there is anything that causes offence then I'm sorry."But Gervais interrupts: "You have nothing to apologise for. You spoke from the heart and it's honest.It's for people to make their own minds up.

Ricky Gervais and Stephen Merchant have spent several years and made lots of money out of poking fun at their former co-worker and close friend Karl Pilkington. The trio's record-breaking podcasts have sold by the suitcase-load and were even turned into a cartoon series earlier this year. So what better way to repay Karl than to send him on a Sky1-funded trip around the Seven Wonders of the World? The only problem is that Karl didn't want to go and he's most definitely no Michael Palin. We caught up with the trio last week to find out what we can expect from this travel documentary with a difference.

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