Idiot Abroad Karl Pilkington is refusing to squat in the name of good television and has demanded normal Western toilets if he is to record a follow-up to his wildly successful Sky1 travel show.
Ricky Gervais’s mate claims that primitive amenities ruined his experience the first time round and viewers will even remember him having a heated exchange with bemused locals in China over plumbing standards and the lack of toilet roll.
As such, Pilkington will be demanding regular access to ‘proper sit-down loos’ if he is to do Idiot Abroad 2: The Bucket List (a tour of the world that will see the reluctant traveller trying a series of ‘must-do’ activities that adventurers famously want to experience before they ‘kick the bucket’).
“He’s asking a lot more questions about the trips than he did last year,” blogged Ricky Gervais, the man behind the new show. “He wants a guarantee of nicer toilets.”
When Karl got to Peru’s Machu Picchu in the first Sky1 series – based on the wonders of the world – he took matters into his own hands. The radio producer fashioned his own toilet by cutting the middle out of a folding chair, explaining to viewers that he could not “go” while squatting.