In 2010, Ricky Gervais and Stephen Merchant sent their hapless pal Karl Pilkington on a journey to discover the Seven Wonders of the World in An Idiot Abroad.
Now, despite Karl’s best efforts, he has been convinced to return for a second series this September, saying:
“What else am I going to do? When you’ve been in a programme called An Idiot Abroad, other job offers aren’t going to be flying in, are they?
“At least Wagner off X Factor could go back to Brazil… Because An Idiot Abroad has been on all over the world, I can’t escape being known as ‘the idiot’. Ricky did that.”
An Idiot Abroad 2 will see Karl set out to fulfil a list of Things To Do Before You Die.
He will be dispatched to far flung corners of the world to complete his definitive bucket list – such as swimming with dolphins, travelling Route 66 and staying on a desert island – all in an attempt to prove whether they really are what they’re cracked up to be.
Ricky Gervais and Stephen Merchant are both happy to go along with Karl’s wishes to get him through the departure gates.
However, once Karl’s back on the road, they’re sure to be back to their old tricks, throwing in unwelcome surprises for Karl along the way to make sure he’s always pushed out of his comfort zone.
“When we asked Karl to list his Things to do before you die, the only thing he could think of was ‘work in B & Q part time’. So we decided to make a list for him.”
An Idiot Abroad 2 starts in September 2011 on Sky 1 HD and Sky 1.