As if being sent around the world three times already by Ricky Gervais in An Idiot Abroad wasn't enough, everyone's favourite 'round-headed buffoon' is set to do it all again, but this time on his own journey of self-discovery.Karl Pilkington has turned 40, hes now officially 'middle-aged' and he's ready to re-assess his life and look at things a little differently (about time, right?).In The Moaning of Life, the now very well travelled Karl experiences how other cultures face up to some of life's biggest issues, while at the same time planning for his own future."I've been on the planet for 40 years now, and I'm still none the wiser as to what it's all about really", Karl said. "I've never worried about life's big questions. People at my age sit about pondering about 'why are we here?' The only time I ever asked meself that is when Suzanne booked us a surprise holiday to Lanzarote".
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Karl investigates how people should spend their limited time on the planet as he finds out what he will be like as an old man.
As Karl explores the impact of waste on our planet, he meets a roadkill chef, as well as a man who has found a unique use for old bottles.
The Body 02x04
Karl investigates the alleged benefits of urine therapy as he explores the lengths people go to in order to stay healthy.
How to Live Your Life 02x03
Karl meets a group of vigilante superheroes in San Diego as he goes in search of people with unique attitudes towards life.
Karl continues to investigate life's big questions by explores the key factors that shape our people's identities, including gender, accents, hair and clothes, He heads to Los Angeles where he goes for a stroll on Newport beach dressed as a woman, before travelling to Atlanta to meet a man who has made a business out of putting hair back onto the heads of bald men. Karl's journey also takes him to Las Vegas, where he speaks to those who make a living out of looking like celebrities.
Karl Pilkington goes back on the road in search of the answers to more of life's big questions, beginning by heading to America to consider the point of art. He meets artists who make sculptures out of dog muck, attempts to create a masterpiece from his own vomit and strips down to his pants for a spot of performance art in Times Square.
Karl ends his journey with a look at differing attitudes to death. He visits Ghana, where he shops for a customised coffin, before attending his first-ever funeral and the accompanying parade. He also meets members of a community in the Philippines who live and work with the deceased, is taught how to cry and deal with grief by a professional mourner in Taiwan, and returns to Britain where he creates a memorial.The last part of Karl Pilkington's Sky One travel show, set in the Philippines, has been pulled in the wake of Typhoon Haiyan.
Vocation and Money 01x04
Karl aims to get to the bottom of his relative lack of a vocation, and visits an 85-year-old Japanese inventor to discover whether he has what it takes to become a genius. When the results prove less than encouraging, he sets his targets a little lower by trying his hand at becoming a traditional Japanese handyman. On the opposite end of the spectrum, he hangs out with a self-made millionaire in South Africa and jets off to Los Angeles to strut his stuff in a Hollywood fashion show.Karl makes a favourable impression on brazenly ostentatious South African playboy Kenny. Kenny's the kind of guy who sits on a throne at home and is keen to show off his wealth to the cameras, so Karl receives the full rap-star treatment. He sips champagne by the pool, rides in a helicopter and gets a facial. And then moans about it all.
Why do people have children? That's the puzzler bothering world-weary philosopher Karl this week. Travelling the globe, he tries to understand why couples feel the need to become parents, visiting a fertility festival in Japan and a natural birthing centre in Bali - where he lends a hand with a delivery - and meets an LA couple looking to take the next step.
Karl Pilkington tries to find out how people achieve happiness, something he isn't sure it is worth pursuing. In Mexico, he joins members of a tribe who enjoy running ultra-marathons and meets a group that finds pleasure in pain. In LA he hangs out with some hip-hop clowns, experiences a day of beauty with a plastic-surgery addict and gives up his possessions to see if the simple life is the answer to contentment.