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Billy Con­nolly: Made In Scot­land 9pm, BBC Two

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Billy Con­nolly has been open about the im­pact Parkin­son’s dis­ease has had, but, when it comes to mak­ing doc­u­men­taries, it seems as if he has been more hero­ically busy in the past few months than he has in years. This two-part film is like a book­end to his re­cent Ul­ti­mate World Tour for ITV: in that pro­gramme, he ex­plored the Florida land­scape he has made his lat­ter-day home. Here, though, he re­turns to his roots in Scot­land, and the child­hood haunts and early ex­pe­ri­ences that honed the world-view that has pow­ered his ca­reer – this first episode is al­most as much about an al­most-van­ished Glas­gow as it is about Con­nolly him­self. Archive footage (in­clud­ing clips from his own ear­lier doc­u­men­taries) help frame his mem­o­ries, be­tween con­tri­bu­tions from fans in­clud­ing Val McDer­mid and Tracey Ull­man.

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