Karl Pilkington, the man with a head that has its own gravitational pull, is set to appear in a brand new installment of An Idiot Abroad.
Swearing to never consent to another series, Ricky Gervais has once again persuaded the round headed buffoon to pursue in another begrudging expedition around the world for a third time.
Taking on a slightly different approach, Karl will be travelling along the Marco Polo route, from Italy to China, with Life’s Too Short star Warwick Davis. This ultimate duo are set to undertake the 5,000 mile journey on a bicycle (singular); Karl working the pedals and Warwick in the basket, bless.
Originally, Karl was led to believe that this series would primarily take place in the UK, but as Gervais stated in his blog, this would not be the case. Karl being, well what he is, and Warwick, a 3ft 6 middle-aged man, will almost certainly leave you in knots of laughter throughout each episode.
The show’s official name will be An Idiot Abroad 3: The Short Way Round, which is currently more than half-way through production. The bad news, however, is that it will only be a two-part, 60 minute, special.
“It’s only a two-part special, but we’ve decided to make it a bit more global as opposed to “around Kent for a few days,’” stated Ricky.
It hasn’t even been a year since we last saw Karl live at one with the Gorillas in Uganda, dressed in drag in Taiwan, or heard him shout “You fucking twat!” thousands of miles in the air while wing walking on top of an aeroplane.
Even in mid-production, An Idiot Abroad 3 seems to live up to the standards of its two predecessors.
“The three of us did a bit of filming this week where I explained the route and schedule etc. One of the funniest couple of hours I’ve ever spent. Karl seemed to be obsessed with the idea that Warwick would hold him back, complain about being tired, ask Karl to carry stuff for him, and might possibly “fall down a hole,” said Ricky on his blog.
An Idiot Abroad has been a colossal success for Sky 1, with the second season being the most viewed program on Sky since 2005. I’ll go ahead and speak for everyone saying that this new chapter, with the addition of Warwick Davis, looks set to be the most entertaining yet.
Karl, however, doesn’t seem as optimistic, stating: “I don’t know how it will work out. Honestly. Edmund Hillary had that Tenzing Fella, Ben Fogle had James Cracknell. I’ve been given an Ewok.”
So, is Karl Pilkington going stick it out again this time around? All odds point to no, but like anything else that’s worth having, you’ll just have to be patient and find out for yourself.
Pic credit: Ricky Gervias