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Karl Pilkington lands his own travel show

Karl Pilkington - picture courtesy of Jack Barnes/Sky1.
Karl Pilkington will also star in an animated cartoon by Gervais

Radio producer Karl Pilkington, best known for working with comedian Ricky Gervais, has landed his own travel series for Sky 1.

Pilkington, who became a figure of fun during Gervais' radio shows and podcasts, will visit the Seven Wonders of the World as part of the series.

The idea was born after Pilkington told Gervais he did not appreciate the Seven Wonders, despite never visiting them.

Gervais and comic partner Stephen Merchant will monitor his travels.

"I can't wait to get started. Not because I'm excited but because the sooner we start, the sooner it will be over," Pilkington said.

Gervais said Sky 1 was the best place to screen Pilkington's series.

"It's apt that the home of The Simpsons has made room for another bald-headed buffoon. The terrifying thing is this one's real," he said.

Commissioning editor Clare Hollywood said: "Karl is a fantastic rising comedy star."

Pilkington's thoughts have already been published in a number of best-selling books including The World Of Karl Pilkington and Happyslapped By A Jellyfish.

Channel 4 has also announced plans to screen an animated version of Gervais's podcasts in which Pilkington is a figure of fun.

Earlier this month Gervais described Pilkington as "a global village idiot, but the funniest man alive".

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