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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.

Head of the Class (1992)

Head of the Class (1992)

Charlie Moore is struggling New York actor-director, who while waiting for his big break, works as a substitute teacher. His current assignment is to “watch over” a class of student prodigies. When he sees them, he sees that the principal has more or less shut them out from the rest of the world, so he tries to show them that there’s more to life than just studying and winning academic competitions.

The principal doesn’t exactly think that he is a positive influence on the students but when one of the students’ parents, who is also on the school board, sees how he got his son to get out off his shell that he “asked” the principal to make the permanent teacher. So every week he helps the students with their personal problems, in addition to their academic ones. Billy Connolly plays Billy Macgregor.

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