Comedy Legends. Barry Cryer. Copyright: 3DD
Comedy Legends

Comedy Legends

  • TV documentary
  • Sky Arts
  • 2018 - 2021
  • 40 episodes (4 series)

Barry Cryer pays tribute to the heroes of comedy he has worked with. Also features Tim Brooke-Taylor, Steve Punt, Clive Anderson, Stephen Armstrong, Tony Hawks and more.

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Series 2, Episode 11 - Billy Connolly

Billy Connolly: Made In Scotland. Billy Connolly
Comedy Legends examines the career of The Big Yin - the one and only Billy Connolly.

Further details

From his days as a welder in the Glaswegian shipyard, Billy Connolly was also a banjo player in the folk music band The
Humblebums and found the jokes he told between songs went down well, and eventually formed his entire act. Becoming a fulltime comedian, he rose to fame across the UK through his appearances on Michael Parkinson's chat show in the seventies.

Before long, he broke the USA, with numerous world tours and appearances in blockbuster films like Disney Pixar's Brave and The Hobbit: Battle of the Five Armies.

In 2013 Connolly disclosed he was being treated for initial symptoms or Parkinson's disease, and earlier this year confirmed further that the advance of his symptoms may force his retirement. But as far as legacies, go, there are few comedians who can rival Billy's.

Broadcast details

Wednesday 1st January 2020
Sky Arts
60 minutes


Show past repeats

Date Time Channel
Thursday 2nd January 2020 11:00pm Sky Arts
Wednesday 8th January 2020 12:00am Sky Arts
Wednesday 13th May 2020 10:00pm Sky Arts
Wednesday 20th May 2020 12:00am Sky Arts
Tuesday 28th July 2020 1:15am Sky Arts
Monday 3rd August 2020 1:00am Sky Arts
Friday 1st January 2021 11:00pm Sky Arts
Wednesday 9th June 2021 11:00pm Sky Arts
Wednesday 1st June 2022 9:00pm Sky Arts

Cast & crew

Barry Cryer Host / Presenter
Steve Punt Self
Stephen Armstrong Self
Tony Hawks Self
Neil Norman Self
Jo Caulfield Self
Guest cast
Billy Connolly Self (Archive Material)
Production team
Lyndy Saville Director
Lyndy Saville Producer
David Byrne Executive Producer
Jack Oliver Executive Producer
Dominic Saville Executive Producer
Ashley Hall Edit Producer
Tim Raggett Editor
Cosmo Hildyard Director of Photography
Nicholas Stylianou Director of Photography

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