Photograph by Scarlett Stephenson-Connolly. Billy Connolly. Copyright: Indigo Productions

Key details

Billy Connolly, Pamela Stephenson, Paul McCartney, Elton John, Lenny Henry, Dustin Hoffman, Russell Brand, Whoopi Goldberg and more
Emily Kennedy
Andy Bates, Kim Turberville and Emma Norris

Sir Billy Connolly recently announced that he was officially stepping back from live stand-up performance. To mark this major moment in comedy history, this star-studded one-hour special celebrates Billy's anarchic genius and life-affirming brand of humour.

Built around brand new filming with Billy at his home in the Florida Keys, this fond, uproariously funny tribute will look back at his illustrious comedy career.

The special features Billy's greatest stand-up moments, unseen performance footage and exclusive chats with some of Billy's biggest famous fans.

The stellar cast includes Sir Paul McCartney, Sir Elton John, Sir Lenny Henry, Dustin Hoffman, Russell Brand (including a scene-stealing appearance from his dog), Whoopi Goldberg, Aisling Bea and Sheridan Smith.

There are also unique new insights from the woman who knows Billy best - his wife and soulmate, Pamela Stephenson.

His A-list fans will share their memories of Billy, send him personal messages and pick their all-time highlights from his glorious comedy catalogue. The man himself will react to their choices and reveal his own favourites.

Billy Connolly: It's Been A Pleasure... is a definitive celebration of an all-time great. An uplifting, emotional and hilarious hour in the company of the legendary Big Yin at his entertaining best. It will make you laugh. It may even make you cry. A fitting send-off for a stand-up megastar.

Additional details

Also known as
  • Billy Connolly: It's Been A Pleasure... (Billed title)
Camera set-up
Single camera

Broadcast details

First broadcast
Monday 28th December 2020 at 9:30pm on ITV1
Episode length
75 minutes
Most recent repeats
  • Tuesday 27th December 2022 at 10:20pm on ITV1
  • Monday 14th March 2022 at 11:05pm on STV
  • Tuesday 8th March 2022 at 10:45pm on ITV1

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