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Episode 1

Part one of a uniquely 'Billy' approach to biography - part shaggy dog tale, part self-portrait, with a lot of jokes, personal archive and a few famous faces thrown in between.

In British comedy there is a line in the sand and that line is Billy Connolly. Before he found fame on an international level, British comedy was an end-of-the-pier kind of affair - but through sheer talent and force of personality, Connolly ploughed a different and deeply personal yet universal approach to comedy and in doing so he changed the face of British comedy forever.

He has been called the Beatles and Jesus of comedy by his peers and an immature 'manure mouth' by the leader of the Scottish Zion Baptist Church. So say what you like about him but you can't deny everyone wants to know him. And that is what Made In Scotland is about - it is Billy as you have never seen him before - intimate, deeply personal and very funny.

Weaved around personal accounts and interviews from famous faces, Billy's life is revealed in all its glory - a shaggy dog story approach to his work - and one that has turned him from Billy Connolly the welder into Billy Connolly - The Big Yin.

Part one of two one-hour specials features Eddie Izzard, Ross Noble, Micky Flanagan, Lord Grade, Tracey Ullman, AL Kennedy, Val McDermid, Sharleen Spiteri and Eddi Reader. The film shows a true reflection of his far influence and still maintaining his unique but personal approach to comedy.

59 minutes

Last on

Mon 3 Jan 2022 00:20

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Music Played

Timings (where shown) are from the start of the programme in hours and minutes

  • 00:00

    Gianni Marchetti

    Chukeba Bay

  • 00:01

    Jimmy Smith

    The Cat

  • 00:03

    Nils Frahm


  • 00:05


    Becoming A Jackal

  • 00:08

    Annie Get Your Gun Orchestra (1966)


  • 00:10

    Anna von Hausswolff

    Mountains Crave

  • 00:14

    John James and John Renbourn

    Stranger In The World

  • 00:15

    Kenneth McKellar, Bob Sharples

    Song of The Clyde

  • 00:16


    Faro Annie

  • 00:19

    Nils Frahm


  • 00:20

    Paul Mauriat

    Love Is Blue

  • 00:22

    Nils Frahm


  • 00:24

    Irish Philharmonic Orchestra

    Hail Glorious Saint Patrick

  • 00:25

    Blue Boys of Ibrox

    The Famous Glasgow Rangers

  • 00:28

    The Unthanks & Brighouse and Rastrick Band

    The King of Rome

  • 00:29

    Percy Faith


  • 00:31

    The Moonlight Moods Orchestra

    To All The Girls I've Loved Before

  • 00:32

    John Pearse

    Guitar Train

  • 00:34

    John Pearse

    Guitar Train

  • 00:35

    Hank Williams, Jr.

    Long Gone Lonesome Blues

  • 00:37

    Tony Hatch

    Pretty Flamingo

  • 00:40

    Billy Connolly

    Winchburgh Junction

  • 00:42

    Gerry Rafferty

    Get It Right Next Time

  • 00:44

    Billy Connolly

    Silk Pyjamas

  • 00:45


    Feather On The Clyde

  • 00:46

    The Humblebums, Gerry Rafferty & Billy Connolly

    Please Sing A Song For Us

  • 00:46

    The New Humblebums

    Shoe Shine Boy

  • 00:47

    The Humblebums, Billy Connolly


  • 00:49

    Billy Connolly

    Tell Laura I Love Her

  • 00:51

    Billy Connolly

    The Crucifixion

  • 00:53

    Talk Talk

    The Rainbow

  • 00:55

    The Louvin Brothers

    Satan Is Real

  • 00:55

    The Humblebums, Billy Connolly

    Victory Rag

  • 00:56

    David Essex

    Gonna Make You A Star

  • 00:58

    David Essex

    Gonna Make You A Star

  • 00:58

    Franco Micalizzi

    Running Away rom Jerzy


Role Contributor
Presenter Billy Connolly
Director Mike Reilly
Series Producer Jacqueline Houston
Production Company 7 Wonder Productions


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