Karl Pilkington's 20k bag of Revels

Karl Pilkington sent a bag of Revels on a £20,000 astronaut simulation session on 'An Idiot Abroad 2: The Bucket List', as he was too ill to complete the non-refundable mission

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Karl Pilkington with Ricky Gervais and Stephen Merchant

Karl Pilkington with Ricky Gervais and Stephen Merchant

Karl Pilkington sent a bag of Revels on a £20,000 astronaut simulation session on 'An Idiot Abroad 2: The Bucket List'.

The 38-year-old radio producer was supposed to experience total weightlessness on a jet flight during the second series of the Sky1 comedy travel show, which sees Karl take part in a number of experiences from the 'Bucket List' of things to do before you die.

However, when he fell ill while filming the episode in Russia, Karl - whose progress throughout the series is monitored by pals Ricky Gervais and Stephen Merchant - decided as the flight was non-refundable he would send a packet of chocolate treats on the session instead.

He told BANG Showbiz: "One of the things they set up for me to do was zero gravity, which is were you get into a plane and you experience what it is like to be a spaceman. Apparently it costs a lot of money. "£20,000 it was to book the flight, but I couldn't do it because I had tonsillitis so Ricky's saying to me, 'For f**k's sake go there and do it'. And I said, 'I can't the doctor said I can't'. The doctor said I had angina - it must have got lost in translation."

However, Karl didn't have an altogether thrilling time in Russia, and described the a nation's residents as "miserable b******s".

He added: "F***ing hell. I've just come back from Russia and there's a place I'll not be visiting again. Miserable b******s.

"Seriously, I found out from someone today that in McDonalds in Russia they had to tell their staff to stop smiling because people weren't used to it and were going in and saying, 'What's that expression?'"

The first episode of 'An Idiot Abroad 2: The Bucket List' - which sees Karl visit the South Pacific island of Vanuatu - is on Sky1 tonight (23.09.11) at 9pm.

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