18 Jul 19
The Scottish Sun
SIR BILLY Connolly shocked fans by announcing his retirement from stand-up last December due to his battle with Parkinson’s.
But the veteran Scottish comic is not ready to hang up his TV boots just yet.
The Scottish comedian is making his TV comeback with an ITV show called Billy Connolly’s Great American Trail
I can reveal Billy has landed his own ITV show travelling across the States, which has the working title Billy Connolly’s Great American Trail.
The three-part series will see Billy, who was diagnosed with the debilitating disease in 2013, follow the route Scottish immigrants took after they first landed in America in the early 18th Century. He will chat to experts and descendants of immigrants along the way.
Billy Connolly discusses final film – joking ‘at least I don’t die in this one’
A show insider said: “Billy admitted earlier this year that Parkinson’s was taking its toll and he could no longer cope with live performances.
“But after ITV producers offered him a new adventure in the US, where he has spent half his life living, he decided it was too good to miss.
The Scots comic announced his retirement from stand-up after being diagnosed with Parkinson’s
“He’s been secretly working on the project and filmed footage for the show in March and June. It’s going to be welcome news for his fans who thought he was going to be retiring for good.”
Billy Connolly’s Great American Trail will be broadcast on primetime TV this autumn.
It comes after The Big Yin’s last ITV series, Billy’s Ultimate World Tour, proved a hit in December — drawing in 2.9million viewers.
The comic will also release a film in October called The Sex Life Of Bandages, which is a recording of one of his last stand-up shows.
Here’s to many more Billy projects in the future.
[boxout headline=”must watch”]WHAT? Celebrity Gogglebox, C4, 9pm.
WHY? In the series finale, stars including Nicole Appleton, Shaun Ryder and Professor Green give their views on the week’s telly from the comfort of their sofas.
READ ON FOR MORE OF ANDY HALLS’ BIZARRE TV COLUMN
A bad knight for Poldark
THE image of Poldark villain George Warleggan with a sword at his throat is likely to delight fans of the period drama.
Unfortunately, this exclusive image from this Sunday’s show doesn’t see him being executed, but knighted by King George III.
Exclusive picture of Poldark villain George Warelggan being knighted
The exclusive images from Sunday’s episode show the villain being ennobled by King George III
George, played by Jack Farthing, is being ennobled as many aristocrats were in the 19th Century – and being a wealthy banker probably doesn’t hinder his cause.
Quite why such a baddie gets a royal seal of approval is beyond me.
Though, to be fair, the “mad king” was losing his mind at the time . . .
CALL The Midwife writer Heidi Thomas and her actor husband Stephen McGann, were honoured by the University of Liverpool yesterday. They both received the Honorary Degree of Doctor of Letters.
Homing in on a hit
MILLENNIALS will be handed all the money they need to buy a property at auction, which they will then renovate and sell in six months, for a new Channel 4 show.
Couples taking part in The Great House Giveaway will be allowed to keep all the profit from the re-sale, however big, so they can use it as a deposit on a home of their own at the end of the show.
Kirstie Allsopp was the co-host of hit property show Location, Location, Location
The series will air this autumn, and bosses hope it will be as popular as Kirstie Allsopp and Phil Spencer-hosted shows Location, Location, Location and Love It Or List It.
Maybe they can get Kirstie and Phil to front this one, too.
[boxout headline=”Fury and the bacon” intro=”TYSON Fury has revealed a surprising secret to staying fit and looking sharp on the first episode of Channel 4’s The Lateish Show With MO GILLIGAN, which is on tonight at 10pm.”]He said: “Cut the fat off the bacon and this is what you’re left with – a whole lot of sexiness. I’m careful about what I eat because I’d be 30 stone if I wasn’t . . . I lost ten stone only eight months ago.”
Blimey, imagine if he went vegan . . .[/boxout]
BRITAIN’s Got Talent’s 2014 winners, Collabro, are going into the filming of spin-off show, The Champions, on a high. The musical theatre four-piece have just signed a new record deal with BMG that includes a tour in 2020.
Strictly heroes’ welcome
IF this year’s Strictly Come Dancing code names are anything to go by, we’re going to see a lot of capes and masks in the line-up.
I can reveal that secretive BBC bosses are using the names of superheroes to help disguise the identities of contestants ahead of the big reveal.
Strictly Come Dancing star Stacey Dooley was given a code name after cheese
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Last year, stars such as Stacey Dooley and Katie Piper were code named after cheeses. That was fitting for Seann Walsh – whose antics on the show stunk.
A BBC source said: “The code names are a fun way of keeping everything hush hush ahead of the reveal. They try to mix it up every time and this year it will be a load of Batman, Superman and of course, Superwoman.”
The line-up so far has seen ex-Corrie star Catherine Tyldesley, rower James Cracknell and Radio 1 DJ Dev Griffin in the mix.
Danger Mouse would be a better booking than some unknown DJ.
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[boxout headline=”soapbox” intro=”THINGS are looking up in the romance stakes for Karen in EastEnders.”]But, the admiring glances are coming from an unexpected source – a lady called Caren, who starts flirting with Karen in The Prince Albert, before following up with some banter in The Vic.
Stacey faces death threats from Phil – after he finds out the Slaters have the cash Alfie stole from him.
Shirley tries to persuade Stacey to return the loot, or face Phil’s wrath.
On Coronation Street, Maria has finally opened her eyes to Ali’s affections.
After a string of dates from hell, Maria is surprised when the doctor/waiter arrives at her flat with a bottle of wine.
As the alcohol kicks in, the pair start to dance, which leads to their first kiss.[/boxout]
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