Fans of An Idiot Abroad may be missing Karl Pilkington since the travel series wrapped up, but Ricky Gervais and Stephen Merchant’s pal hasn’t stopped traveling. Pilkington has been starring in The Moaning of Life, a Sky series that separates him completely from the trio in which he’s usually best associated, and has him once again, on the move as he embarks on a new, solo life adventure.
The Moaning of Life aired this past fall in the UK, and today Science Channel announced that they’ll be airing it stateside starting in January. Science Channel was also the network that delivered An Idiot Abroad to U.S. viewers after the series aired overseas. In the case of The Moaning of Life, Pilkington won’t be guided by the recommendations of Stephen Merchant and Ricky Gervais. This time around, he's flying solo, which will have him reassessing his life and looking at things a little bit differently. As you’ll see in the episode descriptions below, Karl will be exploring topics like how other people achieve happiness, why people get married and have kids, and how different cultures deal with the subject of death.
Here’s a look at Sky’s trailer for the series:
It looks like The Moaning of Life’s theme if focused on Karl’s examination of his own life by exploring other cultures, but looking at the Sky trailer for the series, added to what I’ve seen of An Idiot Abroad, it seems like familiar territory — if trying new things could be classified as such — for Pilkington, who’s at his best when he’s confused or frustrated by how other people do things. With that in mind, The Moaning of Life sounds like a must-watch for anyone who appreciates Karl’s quiet, dry brand of humor. The series premieres Saturday, January 18 at 10:00 p.m. ET/PT with back-to-back episodes on Science Channel.
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