Billy Connolly has retired. But he is not finished yet. His wife Pamela Stephenson posted a clip to Twitter today of The Big Yin playing the banjo, where he responds to coverage of the comedian’s remarks in a recent BBC documentary that he could feel life “slipping away”. It was a throw-away comment as part of a larger examination of his own life and mortality as the 76 year old deals with health challenges. He also described growing old as an “adventure”.
Billy Connolly: Made in Scotland, screened in two parts, was compelling television. Connolly’s honesty and openness about his Parkinson’s disease, his reflections on his life and his joyous examination of Glasgow and it’s people made this a triumph. It was as much about the city as it was about the man, at times the lines blur.
As Billy Connolly enters retirement, he may not be on our screens very often, but you will continue to see echoes of his career on the streets of Glasgow.
As a post-script, he offers the following comment: “Not dying, not dead, not slipping away. Sorry if I depressed you. Maybe I should have phrased it better.”
Here’s the clip.
— Pamela Stephenson (@PamelaStephensn) January 5, 2019
Watch Billy Connolly: Made in Scotland on the BBC iPlayer here.