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13 shows, 2008 to 2018, over 11 hours  |  View in archive   |   Available on iTunes

The Ricky Gervais Guide To... is a series of audiobooks from Ricky Gervais, Stephen Merchant and Karl Pilkington. While it is the sixth series of audiobooks overall, it is a reinvention of The Ricky Gervais Show. Based on blog entries and on-air discussions, Ricky and Karl appear to have grown tired of the old format of the show and have adapted a quasi-educational format to rejuvenate the series. Each episode of the series is based around a particular academic or intellectual topic, with Ricky and Steve hoping to educate Karl and the listeners on the topic in question. Ricky, Steve and Karl would research the topic before recording and present what they had learned as part of the show. Every episode starts with a somewhat cliched intro from Ricky, where he introduced the trio and their respective qualifications (or lack thereof). The shows are available on itunes and Audible.co.uk. In February 2010 Ricky Gervais announced that The Ricky Gervais Guide To... The Earth will be the last of the Ricky Gervais Guide to... Series of Audiobooks.

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Series 1, Episode 1"Medicine" Released 30 December 2008

The Ricky Gervais Guide to... MEDICINE Here's the first in a series of in-depth discussions on a variety of subjects relating to humanity's greatest endeavors. Around the table, Ricky Gervais, Steve Merchant, and the glabrous luminary Karl Pilkington. In this episode, MEDICINE, we explore the treatment of human ailments through history - from trepanation (or 'oles in the 'ed) in early tribal societies right through to the possible, if improbable, future of medical technology. Ricky Steve and Karl offer a uniquely ill-informed appraisal, from medicine's superstitious roots in shamanism, the beginnings of empiricism, and on to today's holistic ideal. Areas of discussion include the dangers of leaving yoghurt pots in fridges; how over-enthusiastic janitors can stifle scientific progress; how hygiene impacts on immunity; Karl's ideas on empathic diagnosis; fruit-based contraception; the risks of eye surgery; the politics of treating obesity; conjugal care-workers; geriatric clinical trials; Karl's take on palliative care; and the inevitable anal-probing...


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Series 1, Episode 2"Natural History" Released 20 January 2009

This is the second in a new series of definitive discourses exploring the diversity of human enterprise. As always, Ricky Gervais and Steve Merchant are joined by shaven simian Karl Pilkington. In this episode, NATURAL HISTORY, we explore the awesome beauty inherent in the natural world. Drawing on observations by eminent biologists, from Thomas Huxley to Charles Darwin to Richard Dawkins, Ricky Steve and Karl offer their usual benighted summation. Areas of discussion include: The heuristic potential of flora and fauna; Karl is impressed by a new motoring accessory; Seashores to semiconductors; Gene genius; Monkey thumping; Karl's instinct for extinction; Self-improvement a la Frankenstein; Dodos - a dead delicacy?; Aurally challenged alligators, hedonistic rodents and horse-biting ranidae; Genital aesthetics - Karl talks bollocks.


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Series 1, Episode 3"The Arts" Released 17 February 2009

The Ricky Gervais Guide To... THE ARTS. The third in a new series of authoritative analyses dealing with all aspects of humanity's achievements. Join Ricky Gervais and Steve Merchant and Karl Pilkington as they bring enlightenment to THE ARTS in their usual unenlightened manner. In this episode we ask the question, "What is art?"; Karl offers his thoughts on Hirst's oeuvre; Practical considerations regarding art in the home; Karl through the looking glass; Primeval paintings; Gratuitous graffiti; Sculptures in the Square; Karl on political works of art; Karl on film; Outsider art; Whistler's mother-in-law; Music - from Vaughan Williams to Whittaker; Shakespeare's plays on words; Harry the war poet.


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Series 1, Episode 4"Philosophy" Released 16 March 2009

The Ricky Gervais Guide To... PHILOSOPHY. The fourth installment in this new series of exhaustive existential explorations. Join Ricky Gervais, Steve Merchant, and Karl Pilkington as they ponder the great philosophical axioms and concepts... Truth, Beauty, and Baldness. In this episode... Steve on Feng Shui; The think tank; Karl's perfect life; Karl's problem with neuroanatomy; Cogito Ergo Summat; Work ethics; Post-pesticidal remorse; Karl's holiday anhedonia; Curry night at Auntie Nora's; The Zen of Munchies; Karl's confectionery-based analogies; Transplant bollocks; Karl gets economical with his facts; Tribal numeracy; Small talk at the bar.


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Series 1, Episode 5"The English" Released 20 April 2009

The Ricky Gervais Guide to... THE ENGLISH. In celebration of St. George's Day, this last episode in the present series focuses on The English - their culture, history, and how they are perceived internationally. Join Ricky Gervais, Steve Merchant, and Karl Pilkington as they take tea, maintain a still upper lip and generally comport themselves as fine examples of the Bulldog Breed. In this episode: Karl harks back to halcyon days; Ritzy crackers; the archetypal Englishman; weddings; Karl on cafe culture; help the aged; Ricky's royal etiquette; dung beetles and dead badgers; fair play and the crossbow; dragon slaying and tongue-grabbing; Steve's spectacles; and Ricky reads a Brooke.


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Series 2, Episode 1"Society" Released 03 November 2009

The Ricky Gervais Guide to...SOCIETY The sixth in a new series of definitive dissertations dealing with the feats of humankind. Join Ricky Gervais, Steve Merchant, and Karl Pilkington as they probe the nature of human society. In this episode: Athenian democracy and arboreal investments; Karl on road safety; President Pilkington's pronouncements; Malthusian musings; Karl's adoption agency; the ins and outs of organ donation; social injustice on the busses; morality and entomology; Karl's Luddite attitude to plate sanitation; euthanized ensifera; social orthodoxy at the orthodontist's; and splenetic etiquette.


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Series 2, Episode 2"Law and Order" Released 01 December 2009

The Ricky Gervais Guide To...LAW AND ORDER The seventh in a new series of all-encompassing excursions. Join Ricky Gervais, Steve Merchant, and Karl Pilkington as they ruminate on all aspects of law and order. Justice and morality get a look in, with criminality galore. Ricky tells tales of gold bullion, London villains, and an L.A. cop. Steve discloses a past transgression, and Karl has a stab at hostage negotiation. In this episode: Karl's great escape; Capital punishment - an exhaustive debate; Karl's confectionery confession; Steve invites trouble on the tube; Ricky discovers a useful guide to the ten commandments; Steve's anti-mugging strategy; Ricky's bullion robbery and Karl's daylight robbery; The Bodyguard, followed by The Negotiator.


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Series 2, Episode 3"The Future" Released 29 December 2009

The Ricky Gervais Guide To...THE FUTURE The eighth episode in this new series ruminates on the shape of things to come. Join Ricky Gervais and Steve Merchant and Karl Pilkington as they engage in a speculative discourse and ponder the fate of mankind. In this episode: The unsightly face of social evolution; vestigial destiny of the digitus minimus manus; Karl has Google on the brain; Karl's starter for 10; Karl gets disorientated; Forwards looking foreword - teeth, pants, specs, and predictive spelling; Steve's plans for the End of Days; Chaos theory reinvented; Ambitions unfulfilled; Karl takes the path less trodden; Shop Idol; and Britain's Got Chiropody.


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Series 2, Episode 4"The Human Body" Released 26 January 2010

The ninth episode in this new series considers the human body, its form, function, and failings. Join Ricky Gervais and Steve Merchant and Karl Pilkington on a biological adventure of human proportions. In this episode: Same name, different brain; Minty fresh nostalgia; Karl's earliest memory; Senses and Sensibilities; Lying Eyes; The way to a man's heart; Harley Street literature; Desert Island Paraphilia; Karl's subconscious navigation; Spectral chit chat in St Ives; Dermal rumours; Knob nerves; The disappointing lack of freakery; Biodiversity and lazy scientists; and Epilogue.


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Series 2, Episode 5"The Earth" Released 23 February 2010

The tenth and final episode in this series considers our planet in all its awsome magnificence. Join Ricky Gervais and Steve Merchant and Karl Pilkington for a final verbal jaunt around the world. In this episodeā€¦ A preamble on Earthly nomenclature; Steve laments inclement weather; Karl does Genesis; A load of old Morlocks; Aunty Nora's insulated isolation fears; Karl talks shit; Industrial relations masterclass; Sofa salvage; Karl makes the bed; Karl up to his elbows; A dip with a dolphin; War on terrapins; Karl's new project; Karl and the Cairo khazi.


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"The World Cup" Released 12 June 2010

The boys loosely discuss the upcoming World Cup in this special free podcast. Karl also discusses a new past time involving dribbling and takes credit for the training of an Olympic athlete.


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"Comic Relief" Released 06 March 2011

The boys talk about Comic Relief, as well as their views on charity. Karl also discusses his second movie idea featuring Tom Cruise.


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"Rare Clips Compilation" Released 28 February 2018

To promote the release of the "Guide To" audiobooks, Ricky Steve and Karl released short "preview" podcasts after each show. These podcasts contained clips from the audiobooks aswell as brand new material. This is a compilation of those podcasts but with the previews removed, leaving well over an hour of content you probably haven't heard before!

As well as the preview podcasts, also included is a recording of Ricky and Karl testing out the studio before recording the Guide To audiobooks, and two exclusive promos for The Guardian and Shortlist Magazine.

Enjoy.


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