Connolly to front series about death

Published Tuesday, 04 March 2014
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Comedian Billy Connolly is to present a new documentary series focusing on the issue of death.

Connolly to front series about death
Scottish comedian Billy Connolly. (© Getty)

Last year the Scottish actor underwent surgery for prostate cancer and also revealed he had been diagnosed with Parkinson's disease.

Connolly will address his own health worries in the new ITV series, as well as explore the different traditions and beliefs around the world.

According to ITV, he will "set out to gain an insight into the rich variety of attitudes, belief systems, rituals and customs relating to death that are woven into different cultures and communities."

During the series - which has the working title of Billy Connolly's Big Send Off - the comedian will also visit a pet cemetery, a drive-through funeral parlour and his favourite graveyard in Glasgow, and discuss the funerals of friends he has attended including The Who's Keith Moon.

He also duets with Eric Idle on a version of the Monty Python song Always Look On the Bright Side of Life, and the pair joke about plans for quirky graves and discuss dark humour.

Richard Klein, ITV's director of factual programmes, said: "Death comes to us all, that much we know. And yet still it can come as a shock to realise that.

"In this series Billy, sometimes playfully, sometimes profoundly, but always humorously, explores the world of traditions, attitudes, funerals and headstones that one way and another we will all have to deal with at some point in our lives."

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