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Programme preview: The Moaning of Life 2

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It's fair to say that Karl Pilkington has suffered a pretty unusual life so far. Now just gone 40, he's considering himself 'middle aged' and is determined to ask some of life's biggest questions, stating: "I've been on the planet for 40 years now, and I'm still none the wiser as to what it's all about really", Karl said. "I've never worried about life's big questions. People at my age sit about pondering about 'why are we here?' The only time I ever asked myself that is when Suzanne booked us a surprise holiday to Lanzarote."

In that life he's worked as a producer for XFM before ending up working on The Ricky Gervais show on that station, before being increasingly encouraged to join in on the conversations as both Gervais and Merchant realised the comic potential of the man. Later, he joined them on Gervais' podcasts and gained a cult following for his deadpan, luddite comic sensibility. Since then, and with Gervais' constant pushing, he's made the move on to TV, starring in programmes like An Idiot Abroad, An Idiot Abroad 2: The Bucket List, Derek and, of course, The Moaning of Life.

Originally broadcast on the 20th of October, 2013, The Moaning of Life took Karl across the world in search of answers to some of life's biggest questions. Across six weeks he took on marriage in India, attempted to discover what happiness was in America, tried to understand kids in Japan, gets to grips with vocation and money in South Africa and ponders on death across Ghana, Taiwan and England. Needless to say, the programme was a hit and now we're getting ready to see Sky One unveil a new series of the programme simply called The Moaning of Life 2.

As if being flown around the world three times by Ricky Gervais wasn't enough, Karl is getting ready to do it again, but this time it looks like he'll be getting to choose his own adventure. Well, he hopes so at least. Details of his adventures aren't known yet, but with such unknowns in the universe and such a curious brain trying to understand them, we're bound to be in for a delightful time.

Once again, the programme will be broadcast across the Sky 1 family of channels including Sky 1 HD, Sky1+1 and Sky 1 itself. International sales will be managed by Sky Vision and Sky are envisioning a strong push for the programme with an estimated 18 broadcast repeats 15” credits into/out-of programmes and 5” bumpers into/out-programmed in the break.

At present, The Moaning of Life 2 is slated for six one hour long episodes and will be broadcast later in 2015, with no set date yet announced.

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