An Idiot Abroad: Coming To A TV Near You


If you didn’t already know: Ricky Gervais is brilliant (the man behind The Office and the real star of this year’s Golden Globes). And only recently did I learn about my favorite Brit’s new connection to the world of travel.

Calming my newfound addiction to the Science Channel, I learned about a show that begins at the end of the month, An Idiot Abroad, the brainchild of Gervais. Honestly, I haven’t been this excited to watch television since I found that one video tape in my brother’s sock drawer in the early ’90s.

Since all of us Yanks are in the dark regarding this British show, here’s the show’s description I found on the Sky Network’s website:

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.

The series comes to the Science Channel Saturdays at 10p.m. EST beginning on January 22. After watching this video of Karl’s shenanigans in China (like his experimenting with Kung-Fu around 2:44), I’m picking up a six-pack of my favorite micro brew and staying in that night. Because, let’s face it, most travel shows are little more than neatly packaged destinations or ideas, and this looks to be something else. Refreshing, perhaps?


Published on January 18, 2011

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