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Billy Connolly joins us for Breakfast

2 hours, 59 minutes
First broadcast:
Friday 14 December 2012

Scottish stand-up comedian and actor, Billy Connolly joins the team for a spot of breakfast.

With five delectable decades under his entertainment belt, Billy shows no signs of slowing down with yet another big screen role. The BAFTA-bagging actor has had a busy year on the silver screen, with much more to come next year. He's coming to tell us about his latest role as a retired opera singer in Quartet alongside Tom Courtenay, Maggie Smith and Pauline Collins.

We are looking forward to lots of laughter with the comedic connoisseur and finding out whether he will be a super soprano or a brilliant baritone...

Music Played

21 items
  • Image for Elton John

    Elton John Step Into Christmas

    That's Christmas (Various Artists), EMI

  • Image for Prince

    Prince Rock And Roll Love Affair

    (CD Single), NPG Records

  • Image for Tears for Fears

    Tears for Fears Sowing The Seeds Of Love

    The Best Of Drive Time (Various Artists), Polygram TV, 7

  • Image for Three Dog Night

    Three Dog Night Mama Told Me Not To Come

    25 Years Of No.1 Hits - Vol.1 (Vario, Connoisseur Collection

  • Image for The Beach Boys

    The Beach Boys Little Saint Nick

    That's Christmas (Various Artists), EMI

  • Image for Jools Holland

    Jools Holland and Rumer Ac-cent-tchu-ate The Positive

    The Golden Age Of Song, Rhino

  • Image for Whitney Houston

    Whitney Houston Saving All My Love For You

    Whitney Houston, Arista

  • Image for Scissor Sisters

    Scissor Sisters Take Your Mama

    (CD Single), Parlophone

  • Image for Johnny Mathis

    Johnny Mathis When A Child Is Born

    70's Number Ones Vol 3, Old Gold

  • Image for Ram Jam

    Ram Jam Black Betty

    25 Years Of Rock 'N' Roll: 1977 (Various Artists), Connoisseur Collection, 2

  • Image for Jeff Lynne

    Jeff Lynne Mercy Mercy

    Long Wave, Frontiers Records, 4

  • Image for Elvis Presley

    Elvis Presley Blue Christmas

    If Every Day Was Like Christmas, RCA

  • Image for Sammy Davis Jr.

    Sammy Davis Jr. The Candy Man

    Hits Of 1971 & 1972 (Various Artists), Polydor

  • Image for Rod Stewart & Cee Lo Green

    Rod Stewart & Cee Lo Green Merry Christmas Baby

    Merry Christmas Baby, Verve

  • Image for Marvin Gaye

    Marvin Gaye I Heard It Through The Grapevine

    Songs Of The Century (Disc 2), Global Records & Tapes

  • Image for The Rolling Stones

    The Rolling Stones It's Only Rock 'n' Roll

    The Rolling Stones - Forty Licks, Abkco

  • Image for Taylor Swift

    Taylor Swift Red

    Red, Mercury

  • Image for The Beatles

    The Beatles And Your Bird Can Sing

    The Beatles - Revolver, Parlophone, 9

  • Image for Dire Straits

    Dire Straits Twisting By The Pool

    Sultans Of Swing - Best Of Dire Straits, Vertigo

  • Image for Ann Peebles

    Ann Peebles I Can't Stand The Rain

    Mad About The Boy: Ladies Sing The Bl, Crimson

  • Image for The Script

    The Script Six Degrees Of Separation

    #3, Sony

  • Pause for Thought

    From Canon Ann Easter, Chief Executive of a Charity and Chaplain to the Queen.

    I think that every family has its one bone of contention though, don’t you? (?ask Chris?) and ours is when to put up the tree and the decorations. If Christopher had his way, we’d leave it til Christmas Eve – and still wouldn’t do it, ‘cause we’re too busy in church then. But, usually, I get my way and we put them up for my daughter’s birthday on the 18th – there’s got to be some compensation for having a birthday so near Christmas. And, when she comes round, Katy will say, ‘Come on, Mum, tell me the story of the day I was born’ because that’s what we always do in our family and then I have to tell how the midwife was so surprised because Katy was early, and how thrilled her grandparents were when they came rushing over to see her - she was the first grandchild on both sides - and how they debated about who she looked like and how utterly beautiful she was, whoever she looked like. I have to do that on every family birthday – and now my three tell their own children their birth day stories too, it’s part of our tradition.

    And, this Christmas, in churches and at home, at carol services and on cards, books, films and television, that old story of the birth day of Jesus will be told again and again. The exhausted young couple, Mary and Joseph, and their long journey with no place to stay when they got there; the kindly inn-keeper who remembered a stable out the back, the gobsmacked shepherds, the wise Kings; and the song of the angels when Heaven and earth met on that first Christmas night.

    It’s their story and I believe it’s our story, and an important part of our heritage, and I defy you not to get misty eye’d as you hear it all over again.


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