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An Idiot Abroad Book £5 in Sainsburys
An Idiot Abroad Book £5 in Sainsburys

An Idiot Abroad Book £5 in Sainsburys

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Went into sainsburys in cambridge today, picked up the idiot abroad book, stickered at £8.99 but scanned at a fiver

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That show was so funny - good price for the book - Heat!

no need to watch tv to find an idiot just come on this site
Edited by: "royals" 28th Dec 2010

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royals

no need to watch tv to find an idiot just come on this site



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royals

no need to watch tv to find an idiot just come on this site


obviously never seen it, funniest thing i've seen this year, got the book for christmas not read it yet though

I loved the show. The first episode in China was comedy gold. I especially liked the episode when they dropped Karl off at a tribe of cannibals, and his boat driver literally kicked him off the boat and scarpered!

Zer0Cool

obviously never seen it, funniest thing i've seen this year, got the book … obviously never seen it, funniest thing i've seen this year, got the book for christmas not read it yet though



Agreed....'Not voting hot or cold', 'voting cold because there's a y in the day'... etc etc etc - - - who cares !!:)

Thanks for posting OP.

Blatantly scripted BUT very funny all the same, Carl is a class actor!! X)

Editor

This is a repost buddy, tis a good deal though.

frakison

Blatantly scripted BUT very funny all the same, Carl is a class actor!! X)



I don't know if you are simply 'on the wind up' with this comment, but you're wrong.

The evidence is everywhere. The 3 (or 4?) series of podcasts he did with Ricky and Steve, and the 4 years worth of [downloadable] XFM London broadcasts he did long before An Idiot Abroad has made him mega famous.

Steve's reaction when asked a question of Karl's genuineness was "If we had created Karl, I would not have squandered a character that good on this poxy radio station".
Ricky concurred, pointing out as a comparison that writing a single series worth of half-hour episodes of shows such as The Office and Extras took the two up to a year.

So, like I say, blatantly NOT scripted. Thanks for your time

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NeoTrix

This is a repost buddy, tis a good deal though.



sorry, didn't find it anywhere, could you post a link?

Might have been posted before - but NOT AS CHEAP that I can find.

Currently £5.99 at Amazon and Play.

Don't think Idiot Abroad was scripted, just think they put in the most terrible situations as they knew that his reactions would not disappoint.
Thanks OP. I love listening to the podcasts and audio books of their talks as well.Well worth a download.

Any one know where to get the Blu Ray cheap?? (heat added)

was this not just shown on sky one hd last month or something?

the show was decent... really not as funny as it was made out to be in the previews though

On a side note, I see the second season of the Ricky Gervais Show featuring K.Dilkington is starting on the 14th Jan.

NeoTrix

This is a repost buddy, tis a good deal though.



Whats the harm in a reminder ?

annedawso

Don't think Idiot Abroad was scripted, just think they put in the most … Don't think Idiot Abroad was scripted, just think they put in the most terrible situations as they knew that his reactions would not disappoint.Thanks OP. I love listening to the podcasts and audio books of their talks as well.Well worth a download.



Correct Anne, they no exactly how to wind him up and that's what makes him so funny. If they put him up in 5 star hotels all over the world and let him do what he wanted, the show wouldn't have been half as good.

Tractorboyo

I don't know if you are simply 'on the wind up' with this comment, but … I don't know if you are simply 'on the wind up' with this comment, but you're wrong.The evidence is everywhere. The 3 (or 4?) series of podcasts he did with Ricky and Steve, and the 4 years worth of [downloadable] XFM London broadcasts he did long before An Idiot Abroad has made him mega famous.Steve's reaction when asked a question of Karl's genuineness was "If we had created Karl, I would not have squandered a character that good on this poxy radio station".Ricky concurred, pointing out as a comparison that writing a single series worth of half-hour episodes of shows such as The Office and Extras took the two up to a year.So, like I say, blatantly NOT scripted. Thanks for your time



God you're right, silly me, its like Spiderman, they've done 3 reality films so far where they follow him around all day waiting for a baddie yet people still think he's not real!!

Come on, "evidence", a few years of podcast!?! "Steve wouldn't have squandered the character", well lets see, The Office was a massive success and kept the bucks rolling in, but its now run its course.... a sceptic would suggest that they kept this character back to act as a future revenue stream, and its working!! You say that the Office needed scripting, so they didnt have time to script Karl (though you have no idea when they planned/ filmed the show anyway so you can't comment!!) then you say that Karls character has been in their heads for 4yrs?!?! HELLO!!!!

At the end of the day, you believe what you want to believe but I'd prefer it if you stayed in fluffland with the fairies and didn't try to make me live the same fantasy world please. Thanks for YOUR time

am I the only person who finds Ricky's love of this guy annoying? I'm not denying he is amusing, but Ricky Gervais seems to find him far funnier than anyone else, the 'look at him he's funny' aproach is wearing a bit thin.

As for the scripted nature of it, I'm sure to begin with karl was just being Karl, however if you have 2 great comedy writers, producing shows involving Karl, you can hardly claim it to be 100% spontanious. It's obviously staged, but we are supposed to believe his reactions are genuine, which I'm sure a lot of them are, but Ricky and Steve must have prompted him on more than a few occasions.

The truth lies somewhere between the two.

Is Pilkington as stupid as he makes out? I doubt it, somehow.
Gervais isn't, and he knows what is, and isn't funny.

At the very least Karl is aware his role is that of 'idiot tourist', although his personality means that he can do this job well.

Of course Gervais and Merchant are gonna say he isn't say that he is fake, what do you expect them to say?

I think it's a dreadfully unfunny show. Ricky may find his friend amusing, I don't.

FrankieHoward

I think it's a dreadfully unfunny show. Ricky may find his friend … I think it's a dreadfully unfunny show. Ricky may find his friend amusing, I don't.



Horses for courses, my problem with it was that it was either REALLY funny or REALLY dull. For £5 its got to be a winner for someone!

Shame that when Ricky finds something amusing he laughs like it's the funniest joke in the world... if that's really how he laughs then god help him and his friends!



a mildly amusing show though

garyis

The truth lies somewhere between the two. Is Pilkington as stupid as he … The truth lies somewhere between the two. Is Pilkington as stupid as he makes out? I doubt it, somehow.Gervais isn't, and he knows what is, and isn't funny. At the very least Karl is aware his role is that of 'idiot tourist', although his personality means that he can do this job well.Of course Gervais and Merchant are gonna say he isn't say that he is fake, what do you expect them to say?



Missing the point a bit. Karl Pilkington is NOT a creation of Gervais but is also much more savvy than he may initially appear - that's kind of the point of this show - you find yourself agreeing with him more often than not.

Karl has obviously 'evolved' as a character, as he's inconsistent between his XFM days and his TV days in the Ricky Gervais show and An Idiot Abroad. In many cases material flows between all 3 with slight differences - as you'd expect with production and editing. He plays up to his natural character and it's edited to look at it's best comedically.

Remember, when Karl joined up with Gervais and Merchant he was an executive producer for a radio station, he's not an idiot, he really is a bit of a comedy genius in a moronic way "Songs of Phrase"? "Monkey News"? "Cheeky Freak of the Week"?.

In the end, who cares, it's funny as hell! And this is a bargain.

MKultra

Missing the point a bit. Karl Pilkington is NOT a creation of Gervais but … Missing the point a bit. Karl Pilkington is NOT a creation of Gervais but is also much more savvy than he may initially appear - that's kind of the point of this show - you find yourself agreeing with him more often than not.Karl has obviously 'evolved' as a character, as he's inconsistent between his XFM days and his TV days in the Ricky Gervais show and An Idiot Abroad. In many cases material flows between all 3 with slight differences - as you'd expect with production and editing. He plays up to his natural character and it's edited to look at it's best comedically. Remember, when Karl joined up with Gervais and Merchant he was an executive producer for a radio station, he's not an idiot, he really is a bit of a comedy genius in a moronic way "Songs of Phrase"? "Monkey News"? "Cheeky Freak of the Week"?.In the end, who cares, it's funny as hell! And this is a bargain.



Well put!! (_;)

And manipulated as he may be, he's not an actor. Cheers.
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