Out of Of­fice odyssey

Sunday Tasmanian - Tassie Living - - Dvds -

GIVEN it’s the brain­child of The Of­fice ’ s Ricky Ger­vais and Stephen Mer­chant, this was never go­ing to be your typ­i­cal travel se­ries. With its grouchy host and un­con­ven­tional ad­ven­tur­ing, it’s ar­guably like no travel se­ries you’ve ever seen be­fore. It’s pre­sented by their friend and com­edy as­so­ciate Karl Pilk­ing­ton and fol­lows the surly, hardly-trav­elled 30-some­thing as he is sent off around the globe to ex­otic lo­cales to give his frank take on the seven man-made won­ders of the world – as well as be­ing sub­jected to a host of other cul­tural crazi­ness along the way. Set up from two very dif­fer­ent points of view – Mer­chant hoped the ex­pe­ri­ence would broaden Pilk­ing­ton’s mind, while Ger­vais was in it for the laughs and just wanted him to ab­so­lutely hate it – this very dif­fer­ent trav­el­ogue about a man out of his com­fort zone and hat­ing vir­tu­ally ev­ery minute of it is top telly that’s funny, stir­ring and hon­est. Ex­tras: The pre­view show and a re­cap show of­fer ex­actly what they sug­gest they should plus there’s a col­lec­tion of deleted scenes from var­i­ous episodes.

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