DIANNE BUTLER OUT OF THE BOX
RICKY Gervais is not letting go of Karl Pilkington’s prostate. It appeared to begin in Alaska, this concern, and now that he has worked his way round the world getting through Gervais’ and Stephen Merchant’s list of things that could kill him, it has developed into something closer to fixation.
And tonight, reunited and seated comfortably back home in front of a television camera, out comes a urologist.
The back story here, if you missed the Alaska episode, is that Pilkington apparently dodged the prostate examination when he had his medical, ages ago, before he set off on his trip. This is clearly a public service announcement, masked with coarse humour, so I guess good on them. ‘‘ Which finger is it?’’ is the first thing Pilkington wants to know once he is in the obviously not very private exam room with Frank the urologist.
He has a range of questions, to do with gloves, angle, etc, but Frank’s right there with him. At the end of it Pilkington gets up off the table: ‘‘ Now, you are a doctor are you?’’
We do see quite a few clips
Questioning: Karl Pilkington