By Karl Pilkington, Ricky Gervais, Stephen Merchant
Providing the shuttle Diaries of Karl Pilkington: Adventurer. thinker. Knob head. Karl Pilkington isn’t partial to vacationing. Given the alternative, he’ll cross on vacation to Devon or Wales or, at a push, consume English meals on a package deal vacation in Majorca. Which isn’t precisely Michael Palin, is it? So what occurred whilst he used to be confident by way of Ricky Gervais and Stephen service provider to head on an epic event to determine the Seven Wonders of the realm? go back and forth broadens the brain, correct? You’d imagine so...
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