Karl Pilkington to star in new travel show The Moaning of Life

The An Idiot Abroad and Derek star has turned 40 - and now he's looking for answers to the big questions as he once again annoys people around the world

Famed for his perfectly round head and an unlikely friendship with Ricky Gervais, Karl Pilkington is to embark on yet another televised globetrotting adventure for Sky.


The Moaning of Life will see the recently 40-year-old Mancunian sceptic take a journey of self-discovery around the world as he tries to learn from the way other cultures deal with the big issues in life… like, well, turning 40. 

Karl said: “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. 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.”

Pilkington began his showbiz career as Ricky Gervais and Stephen Merchant’s radio producer, and became a cult icon after he was featured alongside The Office creators in a 2005 podcast series – later remade as an animated television programme. 

Since 2010, Karl has become well known to Sky 1 viewers for his unorthodox approach to travel programming as star of An Idiot Abroad.  The third series of the programme, The Short Way Round, aired last year and co-starred Warwick Davis as Pilkington’s travelling companion.  Pilkington will soon return to our screens alongside Ricky Gervais in the first full series of comedy Derek on Channel 4, due to be begin next month.  


The Moaning of Life will comprise five hour-long programmes and will be broadcast on Sky1 later this year.