Ricky Gervais and Stephen Merchant have dispatched the 'little Englander' Karl Pilkington on what many would term a journey of a lifetime.
They've thrown down the gauntlet to send him around the globe to force him out of his comfort zone. Stephen wants the experience to broaden Karl's mind and change his outlook on the world. Ricky wants Karl to hate every minute of it for his own amusement.
He travels to all Seven Wonders including the Great Wall of China, the Taj Mahal and the Great Pyramids as Gervais and Merchant keep a watchful eye from London, monitoring every step of Pilkington's journey.
Karl's hoping for luxury but Ricky and Steve have other ideas, including an intense Russian steamroom rubdown, a stop at a dwarf village, and being buried alive.
After a makeover by ladyboys and a blindfolded Kickboxing contest, Karl arrives in Australia to discover that a little surprise has been lined up for him.
Karl's in for some dog sledding, a meeting with Inuits and a visit to the North Pole. He then learns that Ricky and Steve have stuck him on a deep sea fishing trawler.