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Billy And Us

BBC Scotland factual documentary about Billy Connolly. 6 episodes (1 series) in 2020. Features Billy Connolly and Janey Godley.

Series 1

1. Stupid But Saveable

First broadcast: Thursday 14th May 2020

Billy Connolly starts the series with his childhood and growing up in post-war Scotland. He reflects on the freedom children of his generation had to roam wild, but also harsh teachers and getting the belt. And for good measure, there are some lines from The Janny Song and If It Wisnae For Your Wellies.


2. Shipyards & Leotards

First broadcast: Thursday 21st May 2020

Billy opens up on what it meant to be a working man in post-war Scotland, talking frankly about how his experiences shaped him as a man and a comedian.

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3. Dirty Bits

First broadcast: Thursday 28th May 2020

Featuring some very frank chat from Billy as he looks back at his youthful sex education, or lack of it, and getting an idea of the basics from toilet walls. There is winching in closes and lots more, as the programme shows how Billy dealt with his own embarrassment, by shining a light on it, and inadvertently challenged the sexual mores of the time. And some noted Scottish female entertainers reveal how his comedy routines were a force for liberation at the time.


4. He's At It Again, God

First broadcast: Thursday 4th June 2020

The focus of this episode is on one of Billy Connolly's favourite sources of stand-up material: religion.

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5. I Know You

First broadcast: Thursday 11th June 2020

Class, politics and identity have always been a great source of comedy material for Billy Connolly...

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6. The Dark Side

First broadcast: Thursday 18th June 2020

Billy Connolly opens up about his life-long love affair with sending up the dark side of life. Featuring ground-breaking routines about death, illness and even incontinence he reveals why, for him, laughter is an important way of dealing with the grimmest moments of life. Says Billy: "The best way to deal with the dark side of life is to laugh right in its face."