BILLY CONNOLLY: ROUTE 66
Channel 7, Sunday, 7.30pm ★★★★ There have been plenty of pretenders and copycats, but Billy Connolly is the master of this format. He’s travelled New Zealand, Australia, Scotland, England, Ireland and Wales, each time delivering a mix of fascinating insights and humour. In this series he’s travelling from Chicago to Los Angeles, along the famous Route 66. Starting his journey in Chicago, Connolly immediately settles back into that easy manner that enables him to be informative and funny. When describing what used to be his favourite corner of the city he exclaims, ‘‘Until that bugger spoiled it’’, in reference to Donald Trump. As the camera pans across a stunning piece of architecture and stops on a modern skyscraper, Billy says, ‘‘Trump pulled down the Chicago Sun building and built that piece of s---. And he wants to be president. The place would look like a toilet if he became the president.’’ The best thing about Connolly is his enthusiasm. It’s infectious. This series is exactly what you’d expect. It’s brilliant. Connolly is one of the world’s great storytellers.