Billy Connolly & Me: A Celebration
“I laughed my second child into the world,” says Emma from Herefordshire, who claims that her labour was pain-free due to giggling along to a Billy Connolly video. “Saying that Billy Connolly changed your life is a strange thing to do, but it’s true,” says Matt from Macclesfield, who moved Down Under after being inspired by Connolly’s World Tour of Australia.
These are just a few of the video diary-style anecdotes from fans that are sprinkled throughout this one-off special to mark Connolly’s five decades working in comedy. There’s chat, too, from the Big Yin himself, who still has a mane of wild, white hair and a twinkle of that trademark manic energy, as he reflects on topics such as turning swearing into an art form and underestimating the power of laughter. Judi Dench, Eric Idle, Andy Murray and Elton John are among the famous faces sharing their own memories of how he has amused them. Of course, it’s nice to hear such stories, but the real treat remains in watching clips of Connolly riffing on all aspects of life (“I’ve got Parkinson’s disease – I wish he’d f---ing kept it to himself!”). Actress Suranne Jones narrates what is an affectionate tribute to an anarchic talent. Rachel Ward
Raising a laugh: fans praise the talent of the comedian