An Idiot Abroad is a British travel documentary/road trip comedy television series broadcast on Sky 1, as well as a series of companion books published by Canongate Books, created by Ricky Gervais and Stephen Merchant and starring Karl Pilkington. The ongoing theme of both the television series and the books is that Pilkington has no interest in global travel, so Merchant and Gervais make him travel while they stay in the United Kingdom and monitor his progress.
‘An Idiot Abroad’ Season 2 episode 1
Karl Pilkington goes to the South Pacific to spend time alone on a “desert island.” On his way there, he attempts bungee jumping in New Zealand but chickens out. He then goes to Vanuatu where the locals perform land diving, and opts to perform his jump from the lowest bar. He also tries arse boarding, meets a tribe that worships Prince Philip, and interacts with another primitive tribe, dancing with them while wearing a jockstrap decorated with foliage before spending a night alone on an island in Vanuatu.
Who is Director 1 – Ricky Gervais
In the 1990s he formed a writing partnership with Stephen Merchant. In 2000, he landed his own comedy chat show on Channel 4, Meet Ricky Gervais (2000). The series only ran for six episodes but a year later greater stardom came for Gervais with the debut of BBC comedy The Office (2001). Although it was not initially received to great acclaim or viewing figures, it is now often cited as one of the greatest comedy series of all time and has been credited as reinventing the sitcom. Gervais starred as the obnoxious and embarrassing office manager David Brent, who has since been voted in various polls one of the greatest comic characters. It also prompted an American remake, The Office (2005). Gervais had further success with another sitcom, Extras (2005), which attracted a series of celebrity guests, including Ben Stiller, Samuel L. Jackson and his musical idol David Bowie. It served as a satire on the entertainment industry and leading stars were happy to play along by performing exaggerated versions of themselves.
Who is Director 2 – Stephen Merchant
Stephen Merchant was born on November 24, 1974 in Bristol, England. He is a writer and producer, known for The Office (2005), Cemetery Junction (2010) and The Ricky Gervais Show (2010)