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Sir Billy Connolly making TV return

OHMYGOSSIP — Sir Billy Connolly is making a new documentary series for ITV.
The 76-year-old star announced in December he was giving up stand-up comedy because of his battle with Parkinson’s disease, but he’s not retiring completely as he’ll be travelling across the US for three-part series ‘Billy Connolly’s Great American Trail’.
The programme will see Billy chat to experts and decenends of immigrants as he follow the route Scottish immigrants took after they first landed in America in the early 18th Century.
A show insider told The Sun newspaper’s Bizarre TV column: “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.
“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 in a primetime slot this autumn.
The comedy legend was diagnosed with
the incurable disorder – which leaves him shaking and struggling to move – in 2013, and recently admitted he feels like his life is “slipping away” from him.
He said: “My life, it’s slipping away and I can feel it and I should. “I’m 76, I’m near the end. I’m a damn sight nearer the end than I am the beginning.
“But it doesn’t frighten me, it’s an adventure and it is quite interesting to see myself slipping away.”
The Glaswegian actor – who has Scarlett, 30, Daisy, 35, and 32-year-old Amy with wife Pamela Stephenson and Jamie, 50, and Cara, 46, with ex-wife Iris – says he’s struggling to hear, see and remember like he used to.
He said: “As bits slip off and leave me, talents leave and attributes leave.
“I don’t have the balance I used to have, I don’t have the energy I used to have.
“I can’t hear the way I used to hear, I can’t see as good as I used to. I can’t remember the way I used to remember.”

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