Billy Connolly Does … will see Billy Connolly offer a glimpse into his life after being diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease. The show will offer viewers a new perspective on the actor’s life. Express.co.uk all the information on the upcoming series.
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Sir Billy Connolly, 78, has announced that he is working on a new series that will retrace more than 50 years of his life as an actor and comedian.
The show will provide a “glimpse into his life” in a way fans have never seen before and will focus on his stand-up career.
The Scottish actor will talk about how his views haven’t changed since he started his career in the 1960s as he looks back on the decades.
The star was diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease in 2013 and he decided to retire from stand-up five years later.
The series has yet to be shot without confirmation of a release date at this point, however, fans can only hope that the series drops in late 2021.
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Gold only confirmed that the show is “coming soon”.
The last time Connolly appeared onscreen was in his 2020 documentaries Billy Connolly: It’s Been A Pleasure and Billy and Us.
The first was a tribute to the star’s stand-up career and the second examined the impact it had had on the Scottish cultural landscape.
Connolly’s last acting role came in 2016 with Wild Oats and before that he made an appearance in Peter Jackson’s The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies in 2014.
Billy Connolly Does… will be divided into five parts, each episode focusing on a different topic.
Topics will range from work, love, sex, travel and childhood, and will be shot in Florida at his home with his wife Pamela Stephenson.
Connolly, who is affectionately known as The Big Yin, said: “I am really looking forward to sharing some of my favorite moments over the years…!”
The show was commissioned by UKTV by Iain Coyle, the head of Comedy Entertainment in partnership with Moonshine Features.
Coyle said: “So this is a highlight of his career, working with one of, if not THE, greatest comedians of all time.
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“I feel incredibly privileged that Billy and his family have given us access, not only to his incredible archives, but to their daily lives as well.”
The series was also commissioned by Gerald Casey, the director of the Gold channel, who said: “We are delighted to welcome the legendary Billy Connolly to Gold.
“Moonshine Features got incredible access for this series and we can’t wait to hear all the hilarious and, at times, ridiculous life lessons from one of the greatest of all time.”
Fans have already shared their excitement over the news, with many discussing the upcoming show on Twitter.
One fan said: “I hope they erect a huge Grand Yin monument in Glasgow at some point!” (sic)
There is currently no trailer for the series, as the series has yet to be filmed.
The length of the episodes has yet to be revealed, although each episode will function as a full-fledged mini-documentary.
More information on the series should arrive once the Beings filming.
Billy Connolly Does … will be available to watch on Comedy Gold