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TV Reviews: Billy Connolly It's Been A Pleasure & Micky Flanagan Peeping Behind The Curtain

It's been a good festive season for comedy documentaries, particularly if you like your comedians with long flowing hair. Christmas has been bookended for me by two docs about two fantastic comedians who are among the best in the game. In the case of Billy Connolly, probably the best. Though Micky Flanagan is certainly no slouch either.

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News: BBC Scotland Celebrates Billy Connolly

BBC Scotland is to celebrate the life and work of comic icon Billy Connolly.

At the heart of a season of programmes will be a new six-part series Billy And Us. The new series, which starts on May 14 at 10pm has the Big Yin himself reflecting on his life alongside treasures from the archives.

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News: Billy Connolly Hits The American Trail

Billy Connolly’s Great American Trail is an epic three-part travelogue that sees the comic icon going far off the beaten track into the places you’ve heard of but have rarely seen, as he follows the migratory trail of the Scots through America. 
 
Starting in New York and finishing in the heart of America, Nashville, Tennessee, this series features music, football, gangsters, whales, real life moonshiners and not one but two, mad, bad and terrible presidents who both had Scottish parents.

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News: Billy Connolly Stand Up Show To Be Screened In Cinema

The legendary Billy Connolly will come to cinemas nationwide on Thursday 10th October as he presents a show from the Australian leg of his last ever stand-up tour, recorded in 2015.

Screening as a special one-night-only event, The Sex Life of Bandages will also see Connolly muse upon his career, life and legacy in a deeply personal and never-before-seen interview filmed exclusively for cinema audiences.  

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News: Billy Connolly Leads New York Parade

Billy Connolly has led 3,000 marchers along 6th Avenue as part of the world-famous New York City Tartan Day Parade. 30,000 spectators watched the 21st anniversary of Tartan Day, which saw more than 3,000 participants march from 44th Street to 55th Street up Sixth Avenue. 

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News: Billy Connolly Talks About Getting Old

Comedian Billy Connolly talks about getting old and being ill in the second part of his BBC series Made In Scotland.

He says: “My Parkinson’s is not going to go away and it’s going to get worse, my life is slipping away....There is no denying it, I am 75, I have got Parkinson’s and I am at the wrong end of the telescope of life. I am at the point where the yesteryears mean more than the yesterdays.

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News: Michael Parkinson Talks About Billy Connolly's Illness

Michael Parkinson has said that comic legend Billy Connolly now struggles to recognise people.

Connolly, 75, went public about having Parkinson's disease five years ago, but has still been performing until recently and making jokes. In 2017 when ITV1 screened a documentary about him he told Weekend magazine: "There’s a whole lot of shaking going on. It’s kind of weird, this instability. The only time it stops is when I’m in bed and then I can’t roll over. I’m like a big log."

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News: Complaint Over Billy Connolly Banana Boots Mix-Up

The BBC has upheld a complaint after Jeremy Paxman made an error during a University Challenge question.

In the Celebrity edition which was broadcast last December Paxman attributed Billy Connolly's banana boots to artist John Byrne rather than actual creator Edmund Smith.

The complaint was made by Edmund Smith's daughter. Smith made the size nine bananas for the iconic comedian in 1975.

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News: Knighthood for Billy Connolly, OBE For David Walliams

Comedy legend Billy Connolly has been awarded a knighthood in the Queen's Birthday Honours List.

He said he was "pleased and a little embarrassed...It won't really dawn on me until Glasgow people start calling me 'Sir Billy' or whatever they come up with...I feel as if I should be called Lancelot or something," 

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News: Billy Connolly Meets Billy Connolly Portraits

Pictures have been released of comedian Billy Connolly in front of portraits of him on the streets of Glasgow.

The murals are part of a ‘larger than life’ tribute to The Big Yin, launched by BBC Scotland in conjunction with Glasgow City Council and Glasgow Life. 

A programme will go out this week on BBC One Scotland on June 14 which will show clips of highlights from Billy’s career, and Billy meeting the artists to talk about life, work, comedy and inspiration. 

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