OT-Pakistan's first ever Reality show kicks off
George Ka Pakistan is the brash, funny, hip, new show from GEO. Part reality show, part social experiment, and part documentary, Geo follows George, a British man, as he tries to settle down in Pakistan – and become a Pakistani! And to top it all off, he only has three months to become one.
George will be exploring his adopted country and its people, trying to understand the complexities of Pakistani society and to discover what it means to be a Pakistani.
And George has to do this all on his own. GEO will give him a strict budget and very little assistance. George has to try and become a Pakistani by himself. He may ask GEO for help, and GEO may provide some aid, but it will ultimately count against him. The more he can survive on his own, the better he is doing at becoming a Pakistani.
GKP also aims to explore Pakistan and its people from a westerner’s perspective as George tries to make a life for himself in Pakistan. The show will be an exploration of Pakistan’s society, culture, and religion from an outsider’s point of view. Hopefully, this will be especially important in highlighting some basic and fundamental issues that too often escape us everyday Pakistanis.
So tune in every week to see how George copes. Will he become a Pakistani? Will he settle down and live in Pakistani? Will Pakistanis accept him as one of them? Will he ever find a bus stop?
George Ka Pakistan: Every Tuesday 7:05pm
George Fulton was born on 10th November 1977 at 8:30pm – and immediately upset his two elder sisters “if he had been born during the day they would have been allowed to miss school”. His sisters have spent the past 27 years exacting revenge on George for his tardiness.
Despite a world economic recession, the popularity of Abba, and his sisters’ wrath, George managed to survive the tail end of the seventies and early eighties, growing up in a tiny village on the Wirral peninsular. The Wirral “http://www.thisiswirral.co.uk/” is the part of the North West of England that sticks out, dividing North Wales from Liverpool.
At the age of eight, George’s parents decided to send him away to boarding school. The entire Fulton family let out a collected sigh of relief when this was announced. George packed his trunk and went off to spend the next five years at Bilton Grange Preparatory School. http://www.biltongrange.co.uk/
After Bilton Grange, George was sent even further away from his family for his secondary education - Uppingham School, Rutland http://www.uppingham.co.uk/. George thrived at Uppingham and it was here that his passion for travel, rugby and theatre awakened.
During his time at Uppingham, he took part in several school trips. He went to Uganda, where he built wells; Bolivia where he worked for CARE International and, er, to Scotland, where he acquired frost bite in his feet. A year after the collapses of the Berlin Wall, his father also managed to pack him of to Eastern Europe in the summer of 1990 to experience this part of the world before a McDonalds appeared on every street. Sadly, he was too late, and George enjoyed a Big Mac, large fries, and coke in Budapest. By the age of 16, George was traveling alone in East Africa. He had well and truly caught the travel bug!
George’s other passions at school were theatre and rugby. Being very big, George took to rugby like a duck to water –well, except less gracefully of course – ending up playing for the school 1st XV team. Whilst scrumagging and ripping people’s ears off gave George a certain physical satisfaction, it was walking the boards in the theatre that was George’s first love at school. George acted, produced and directed several plays at Uppingham, including Noises Off, Royal Hunt of the Sun and Tom Kempinski’s Duet for One. George took Duet for One up to the Edinburgh Festival where it obtained five star reviews in both The Guardian and Scotsman newspapers, and was nominated for a Fringe First award.
Having finished his A-levels, and disinclined as ever to go straight into more studying, George decided in 1997 to travel throughout Asia for a year. It was during this period that he was first mesmerized by Pakistan, traveling to Karachi, Islamabad and Lahore. Leaving Lahore, on a plane bound for Delhi, George vowed to return one day to the ‘land of the pure.’
The next few years were spent toiling over books and bars at Bristol University were George read History…and drank Guinness. http://www.bris.ac.uk/. Bristol was even further away from home. George graduated with a degree in History “BA Honours”.
With his whole life and career ahead of him, George was ready to grab the world with both hands and give it a big kiss. However, there was a slight problem; he didn’t have a clue as to what he wanted to do with his life. Accountancy? Too boring. The Law? Didn’t look good in wigs. Banking? Unable to handle his own finances let alone others. BCCI perhaps? Enough!
Fortunately, George was asked to become the Campaign Manager for a candidate who was standing as an MP “Member of Parliament” in the 2001 British General Election. For a year, George spent his time devising election strategies, handling the media, and canvassing on behalf of his candidate. There was only one slight problem – his candidate was a Conservative. The Labour Party won by a “second” landslide. With his candidate losing by just 668 votes – the smallest margin in the country, George just couldn’t face another four year’s of Tony Blair’s smug grin. He decided to leave the U.K.
He went to Dubai. It was here that he found his calling – journalism. He had turned from gamekeeper to poacher. The next couple of years saw George producing current affairs programming in Dubai, Pakistan and London. He produced the first series of Question Time Pakistan and HARDtalk Pakistan both for BBC World. In addition, he worked for a year in London with the BBC on the Politics Show.
George Ka Pakistan is his first appearance in front of the camera. It may also be his last. His sisters think he has a face for radio.
George is, as far as he can remember, unmarried.
'Ya of course'