The Moaning of Life

2013, TV Show

Host Karl Pilkington visits countries around the world to discover how people deal with issues presented by their cultures and customs.

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Season 1, Episode 5
Karl’s never been to a funeral or had to think much about death in his life. But now he’s embarking on a journey around the world to see how other cultures deal with death to help him prepare for his own funeral. Karl’s trip begins in Ghana where he seeks out alternatives to the depressing funerals on offer back home. He goes shopping for a Ghanaian ‘crazy coffin’ (a customised coffin designed in the shape of anything from a hammer to a bottle of beer), before attending his first ever funeral, helping the undertaker display the embalmed body for relatives, before joining a carnival atmosphere of the funeral parade the next day. Karl continues his journey in the Philippines where he discovers a community of people that live and work with the dead, and discovers an unusual alternative to burial on the side of a cliff. In Taiwan Karl is taught how to cry and deal with grief by a professional mourner, before heading over to South Korea where he takes a ‘well dying’ course and experiences his own funeral. Karl’s journey ends back in Britain where he invents an unusual memorial for the woman whose funeral he attended at the start of his trip.

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Season 1, Episode 4
Karl aims to get to the bottom of his relative lack of a vocation, and visits an 85-year-old Japanese inventor to discover whether he has what it takes to become a genius. On the opposite end of the spectrum, he hangs out with a self-made millionaire in South Africa and jets off to Los Angeles to strut his stuff in a Hollywood fashion show.

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Season 1, Episode 3
At the age of 40 Karl doesn’t have kids and has never felt the need to start a family. But all his friends are having them and think he should too. In this episode Karl sets off on a journey around the world in an attempt to understand why people have kids. Karl’s trip begins in Japan where he attends a traditional fertility festival centred around a parade of giant phalluses, before he finds out whether he’s even capable of having kids by getting his sperm tested. Karl continues his journey in Bali where he helps out at a natural birthing centre, babysitting a new born child, and lending a hand to the midwives as they deliver a baby. In the Indonesian Island of Sulawesi, Karl joins of group of sea gypsy kids on a fish trip and discovers a more relaxed approach to parenting. Karl’s journey ends in Los Angeles where he puts what he’s learnt into practice and comes up with an unusual parenting test for a young couple thinking of starting a family.

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Karl finds a unique way to relieve stress: smashing cars.

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Premiered: October 20, 2013, on Sky1
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Premise: Host Karl Pilkington visits countries around the world to discover how people deal with issues presented by their cultures and customs.

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