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Ricky Gervais and Stephen Merchant are outraged that Karl has written off the Seven Wonders claiming they’re all “a bit s**t” having never seen any of them with his own eyes. They’ve thrown down the gauntlet to send him 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.

Dispatched on what many would term a journey of a lifetime, the ‘little Englander’ will be putting his misgivings to one side as Karl finds out for himself what the fuss is about. He will travel to the Great Wall of China, Christ the Redeemer in Brazil, Petra in Jordan, Machu Picchu in Peru, Chichen Itza in Mexico, the Taj Mahal in India and the Great Pyramids of Egypt. Meanwhile Gervais and Merchant will be keeping a watchful eye from London, monitoring every step of Pilkington’s journey. The conclusion of the series will see the weary traveler returning home to report on his findings."

Karl Pilkington grew up in Manchester but spent alot of his childhood in Porthmadog, Wales due to his father's work. He was educated in Manchester, but had neither the punctuality or the motivation to learn. Ricky Gervais and Stephen Merchant contacted Karl's school after a conversation during their XFM show and discovered that he attained only one GCSE for History, for which he achieved an "E" grade.

Karl has had a number of jobs, his favourite being his paper round, which he had at age 14. In December 2005, Karl stood in for two BBC 6Music shows, and co-presented the shows with Russell Brand. They proved so popular that by the following April Brand was working as a permanent DJ at BBC 6Music, which was the forerunner to his Radio 2 show. Karl then went to work with Ricky and Stephen at XFM where his views would become a nationwide phenomenon. It is often mused by Ricky and Stephen, that Karl "has a head shaped like a fucking orange." This phrase has become well known by the British public, and possibly worldwide.

If you know me, you know I’m a big fan of the above troika. The gentlemen to the left and right are, respectively, Stephen Merchant and Ricky Gervais, the acclaimed co-creators of The Office and Extras, among other projects. The man with a head like a fucking orange in the middle is Karl Pilkington, a Mancunian the duo met while doing a London-based radio show. Ever since, Ricky and Steve have fascinated with Karl’s thoughts on life, sometimes moronic, sometimes naive, always hilarious. Since leaving the radio, they’ve done a series of podcasts together, which were recently set to animation as The Ricky Gervais Show on HBO


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