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Billy Connolly: My Absolute Pleasure

After announcing his retirement from live performance, Sir Billy Connolly's family and friends come together to celebrate his chaotic comedy genius and illustrious career. Not to be confused with "Billy Connolly: It's Been A Pleasure", released a year earlier.

Billy Connolly: Billy Bites Yer Bum

From the days when he still had red hair and was rising to the peak of his career, this is one of Billy's legendary early performances. The culmination of a marathon British tour that started in 1980, Billy Bites Yer Bum Live was filmed at London's Apollo Victoria over two nights in February 1981.

Billy Connolly: Erect for 30 Years

The very best of Billy Connolly's stand up comedy, from 30 years of performances around the world!

Billy Connolly: It's Been a Pleasure...

As all-time comedy-great Sir Billy Connolly steps back from his legendary stand-up shows, this star-studded special celebrates Billy’s uproarious time on-stage and laughs along with his greatest stand-up moments. Filmed at his home in the Florida Keys, Billy looks back fondly at five hilarious decades on stage. There are exclusive chats with some of Billy's biggest famous fans including Sir Paul McCartney, Sir Elton John, Dustin Hoffman, Whoopi Goldberg, Russell Brand, Sir Lenny Henry, Aisling Bea, Armando Iannucci and Sheridan Smith - alongside the insider insights of his wife and soulmate, Pamela Stephenson. Billy Connolly: It’s Been A Pleasure… is a definitive celebration of a comedy colossus. An uplifting, emotional and hysterically funny 75 minutes in the company of the Big Yin at his entertaining best. It will make you laugh. It may even make you cry. A festive treat and a fitting send-off for a stand-up like no other. Not to be confused with "Billy Connolly: My Absolute Pleasure", released a year later.

Billy Connolly: You Asked for It

Billy Connolly's most requested comedy clips - in addition to his first live TV performance. Billy is universally recognised as the master of observational humour, and here we see the comic genius at his hilarious best. You Asked For It features extracts from Billy's most popular TV and theatrical stand-up performances, as well as his first ever TV special, broadcast in 1976.

Billy Connolly: A Scot in the Arctic

Comedian, actor and national treasure, Billy Connolly, travels to the wilds of Arctic Canada to spend quality time by himself , with just his thoughts and camera for company.

Billy Connolly's Ultimate World Tour

Billy Connolly’s career has taken him to almost every corner of the globe and now, in this brand new one-off special, he takes viewers on a fresh trip around his new home state of Florida, stopping along the way to look back at his travels across the planet over the last 25 years.

Billy Connolly: Portrait of a Lifetime

Billy Connolly celebrates his 75th birthday by sitting for three Scottish artists - John Byrne, Jack Vettriano and Rachel MacLean.

Billy Connolly

William "Billy" Connolly, Jr., CBE (born 24 November 1942) is a Scottish comedian, musician, presenter and actor. He is sometimes known, especially in his native Scotland, by the nickname The Big Yin (The Big One). His first trade, in the early 1960s, was as a welder (specifically a boilermaker) in the Glasgow shipyards, but he gave it up towards the end of the decade to pursue a career as a folk singer in the Humblebums and subsequently as a soloist. In the early 1970s he made the transition from folk-singer with a comedic persona to full-fledged comedian, a role in which he continues.

Billy Connolly's Great American Trail

The comedian embarks on a journey across the US, following the migratory trail of the Scots through America - starting in New York and finishing in Nashville, Tennessee.

Billy Connolly's Big Send Off

Billy Connolly undertakes a personal journey to evaluate and explore the ways in which we deal with the end of our lives - across all religious, cultural and social boundaries. With his trademark charisma and curiosity, he discovers what death means to different communities and the diverse ways in which it is marked.

Billy Connolly's World Tour of England, Ireland and Wales

Travelogue of England, Ireland and Wales, presented by Billy Connolly, including clips from his stand-up performances.

Billy Connolly's World Tour of New Zealand

Billy Connolly is back with the fourth in his massively popular World Tour series. This time Billy journey's to the other side of the globe to New Zealand, a country he has been visiting since the 1970's and of which he is immensely fond. Billy's extraordinary journey covers the length and breadth of New Zealand and is mixed with the best of his comedy from sell-out shows around the country.Filmed in 2004 during the first leg of his Too Old To Die Young Tour this series is a stunning journey around New Zealand's two islands from the Southern-most tip to the far north where the Tasman Sea meets the Pacific. Along the way Billy takes in Maori traditions, sand paintings, whale-watching, a 90 mile beach and much more to give us a fascinating insight into the spectacular scenery, culture and people of this amazing country.

Billy Connolly's World Tour of Australia

Billy Connolly's World Tour of Australia is the second in a line of ‘world tours’ that follow comedian Billy Connolly on his various travels across the globe. Filmed in 1995, Connolly takes the viewer on a scenic and informative tour of Australia, intercut with scenes from his stand-up comedy act at various venues around the country. The tour takes in Sydney, Canberra, Melbourne, Adelaide, Perth, Darwin, Alice Springs and Fraser Island. On the way, Connolly also experiences and demonstrates several Australian customs, traditions, and attractions, including swimming with the dolphins in Perth, eating a pie floater in Adelaide, and several museums and galleries, most of which feature some form of Aboriginal art.

Billy Connolly's Journey To The Edge of The World

The charismatic comedian and actor Billy Connolly is back in his guise as a tour guide as he travels through the legendary Northwest Passage from the Atlantic to the Pacific.

Billy Connolly's World Tour of Scotland

The first of Billy Connolly's (thus far) four "world tours" — originally broadcast by the BBC in the winter of 1994. It involved his touring around his homeland of Scotland for 54 nights during the spring of 1994, beginning in Greenock and visiting cities and towns and performing live on stage to audiences. However, this, like all his other tours, involved more than just shows: he visited numerous places of historic and scenic value, as well as some places that resonate with his own upbringing. The series was dedicated "with much love and thanks to the people of Scotland".

Billy Connolly's Tracks Across America

Billy Connolly embarks on a spectacular journey around the United States, riding the magic carpet made of steel that is America's rail network. From the Bad Lands of North Dakota, into the arid beauty of the Arizona desert, past the peaks of the Smokey Mountains, skirting the lazy swamplands of Louisiana – this is a big sky country full of places and people we rarely see but Billy cant wait to visit.

Billy Connolly: Made In Scotland

In the history of comedy there is a line in the sand - and that line is Billy Connolly - put simply, through sheer talent and force of personality, he has changed the face of British comedy forever. He's been called the Beatles and Jesus of comedy by his peers and an immature 'manure mouth' by a leader of the Scottish Zion Baptist Church. So say what you like about him but you can't deny everyone wants to know him. And that's what Made In Scotland is about, it's Billy as you've never seen him before, intimate, deeply personal and very funny. Weaved around private interviews with Billy, along with contributions from some of the greatest names in comedy and popular culture offering testimony on Billy his lasting influence, these two one hour specials for the BBC find Billy returning to Scotland to reveal the influences and motivations that turned him from being Billy Connolly the welder into Billy Connolly The Big Yin.

Billy Connolly's Route 66

New four-part series in which Billy Connolly travels the world's most famous highway - Route 66.