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Billy Connolly’s World Tour of Australia (1996)

Billy Connolly’s World Tour of Australia (1996)

Billy’s Australian tour took some 2 1/2 months to complete and is comprehensively covered over 8 episodes and five and a half hours.

Whether he is on his magnificent Harley motorcycle, eating lunch with locals, exploring national treasures or just talking about local history there is not a dull moment to be found.

The unique feature of this series is not only do you get to see Australia through a foreigners eyes but also get to see the best of his stand up comedy as well in the various cities he visits, talk about the best of both worlds.

Disc 1 covers NSW and Victoria with disc 2 exploring the remainder of the country with the notable exception being Tasmania which, like at the 1982 Commonwealth Games, has been left off the map so to speak.

Billy Connolly’s World Tour of Scotland (1995)

Billy Connolly’s World Tour of Scotland (1995)

In the spring of 1994, Billy Connolly began a 40 show tour of his native land. This seven part series allowed Billy to give us his personal interpretation of the sights and sounds of Scotland.

Also included were some new commissioned music by Billy Connolly, Ralph McTell and Graham Preskett. Starting with the hustle and bustle of Glasgow, his home town, Billy leads us through rolling lowland farmland to Highland tundra, to the secluded islands of Orkney and Shetland.

Billy knows every town and every bend in the road - in his career he has played to huge stadia and small church halls. and every place Billy plays on the tour is a sell-out. Billy shows us the places he lived and visited during his life, as well as a few places he always wanted to see.

Most of the major monuments in Scotland are visited, as well as chats and chance meetings with people from every walk of life. Interspersed with footage from many of the concerts, the programme is funny as well as informative.

Billy fills in the gaps with witty and revealing autobiographical snippets, and the usual anecdotes.

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