Billy Connolly

The benefits of peer support: why talking to somebody else with lived experience of mental illness is invaluable

<b>A few months ago I went for a coffee with a friend.</b><p>If you were also in that cafe when we were you might have thought, from our rip-roaring laughter, …

Mental Health

Rev. Jesse Jackson In A Battle Against Parkinson's Disease

The Reverend Jesse Jackson has not been known to shy away from battles, whether it’s fighting for civil rights alongside the Reverend Martin Luther King in the 1960′s or trying to become the first racial minority to win a major party nomination for the Presidential election in 1984 and 1988. So …

British Humour

Legendary musician Tommy Sands: It was the first time I'd been in an ambulance, that mini-stroke was certainly a wake up call

Evergreen singer-songwriter Tommy Sands hadn't a notion what all the fuss was about. But his sharp-eyed niece and nephew knew something wasn't right …

News (Ireland)

6 Terrible CGI Costumes That Ruined Movies (And 9 That Are Amazing)

When it comes to costume design in movies, it used to be the case that filmmakers were limited by what could be achieved using real-world fabrics and …


BBC Radio 3 - Essential Classics, Monday with Suzy Klein - Armando Ianucci, Road Signs and Musical Notation, Ravel's String Quartet, Iannucci on Connolly: "He introduced me to the idea of institutional hypocrisy'

Satirist Armando Iannucci went to the same school as Billy Connolly and counts him among his biggest inspirations - despite being taught that enjoying his records was a sin.<p>Armando appears every day this week as Suzy Klein's guest on Essential Classics. Click through to the episode to hear more.

British Humour

The family home where George Clooney films, Mark Ronson parties and the drawing room is a makeshift Cabinet Office

A winding gravel driveway lined with red and pink rhododendron bushes leads to Hedsor House, an impressive pile set in 100 acres of gardens and woodland in Buckinghamshire.<p>The place is a hive of activity as a small army of builders repairs the tennis courts, fits new carpets and inspects the …

George Clooney

Sir Billy Connolly knighted in Buckingham Palace ceremony

The 75-year-old Scottish actor admitted it was "kind of weird" to receive the honour.<p>Sir Billy was knighted by Prince Charles for services to …

UK News

Billy Connolly receives knighthood at Buckingham Palace

<b>Comedian and actor Billy Connolly has been knighted just a few weeks ahead of his 75th birthday</b><p>Connolly has been honoured for services to entertainment and charity.<p>The Duke of Cambridge bestowed the knighthood on the Glasgow-born star at a ceremony at Buckingham Palace.<p>After learning he had been …

UK News

Arise Sir Big Yin as Billy Connolly knighted at Buckingham Palace

The legendary Glasgow funnyman received the honour for services to entertainment and charity in a ceremony this morning.<p>Legendary funnyman Sir Billy …

Royal Family

Giant crabs and the White House of horrors: Tuesday's spooky snaps

The Guardian’s picture editors bring you a selection of photo highlights from around the world, including a Castro-shaped cake mould and ghouls on a train


Wednesday’s best TV: Man Down, The Apprentice, Gino’s Italian Coastal Escape

Dan is about to become a father, and the competitors honour Lord Sugar’s 70 years. Plus: the celebrity chef travels to the Amalfi coast<p><b>Gino’s Italian Coastal Escape</b> <br>8pm, ITV<p>Debut of a new eight-part Italian travelogue by chef Gino D’Acampo. As the title suggests, this time he is sticking to the …


News Daily: Facebook revelations and Brexit 'job losses'

<b>Hello. Here's your morning briefing:</b><p>Russia-linked posts 'reached 126m US Facebook users'<p>Russia has repeatedly denied claims that it attempted to influence the last US presidential election in favour of Donald Trump. But Facebook has revealed that about 80,000 posts, produced before and after last …

Anthony Rapp

Sir Billy Connolly receives his knighthood at Buckingham Palace

Sir Billy Connolly received his knighthood at Buckingham Palace. The Scottish comedian said he was worried he wouldn't be able to get up again after kneeling under the sword.

Royal Family

Why governments fear secessionist movements

Catalonia declared independence on 27 October 2017 despite harsh crackdowns by the Spanish government, creating a constitutional crisis for that …

South Africa

Billy Connolly ready to curry favour with Queen when he gets his knighthood

The Big Yin enjoyed an Indian when he popped back to Glasgow and says he'll do what he's telt when he meets Her Maj on Tuesday.<p>Billy Connolly has …

British Humour

Scottish comedy favourite Billy Connolly signs Airdrie kit for charitable cause

'The Big Yin' is the latest in a long line of stars to pen their famous name on the Diamonds' Mark Allison jersey.<p>‘The Big Yin’ is the latest star to …

British Humour

Searching For Hope on the Unfunniest of Days

The other night I watched the documentary “Dying Laughing“, in which is a series of starkly-lit, black-and-white interviews are conducted with the …

English Premier League

Jimmy Carr: Comedy, Conchords and having a carbon footprint of a Wookie

Bohm Presents / YouTube<p>Jimmy Carr is bringing his Best Of, Ultimate, Gold, Greatest Hits World Tour to New Zealand in January.<p>Jimmy Carr is looking …

New Zealand

Get on down to the Kyneton Music Festival this weekend

Looking to catch some great music in a relaxed, country environment? The Kyneton Music Festival in central Victoria this weekend might be just the …

British Humour

How soon is too soon? James Corden and 5 more comedians who misjudged the mood

How soon is too soon? The question feels particularly pertinent this week after James Corden was criticised for making a series of jokes about disgraced film producer Harvey Weinstein at a charity event in Los Angeles.<p>The British comedian began by saying what a beautiful night it was in Los …

James Corden

Rory Bremner on Corbyn, Trump, and watching Wimbledon in front of a log fire

Rory Bremer has been one of Britain's greatest impressionists and satirists for a quarter of a century. He spoke to Tessa Waugh.<p>It’s show day in the …

British Humour

T2 Trainspotting leads Bafta Scotland nominations

<b>T2 Trainspotting has been nominated for five awards by Bafta Scotland, including best feature film and best director.</b><p>The sequel to the 1996 original also picked up three nominations in the best film actor category - for Ewen Bremner, Robert Carlyle and Ewan McGregor.<p>TV programmes In Plain Sight and …

British Humour

IN FULL: All the nominees for Scottish Baftas 2017

Sign up to our <b>Lifestyle</b> newsletter<p>The nominees who will battle it out for an award at this year’s Scottish Baftas have been revealed.<p>Here is the list …

British Humour

Celtic fans pose with Coolio as rap star accompanies Tommy Sheridan to Hoops match at Parkhead

The unlikely Hoops fan caught up with old pal Sheridan while in Glasgow for a gig and was brought on the pitch to do the half time draw.<p>Celtic are a …

Rap & Hip-Hop

Sydney Devine heading out on first nationwide tour in 20 years - and he wants to duet with Billy Connolly, Annie Lennox and Simple Minds

As part of his "bucket list" Ayr's own rhinestone cowboy wants to record an album of duets with some of Scotland's biggest stars.<p>Ayr’s rhinestone …

British Humour

Scottish comedy legend famous for Still Game and Rab C Nesbitt work comes to East Kilbride

Phil Differ has been behind some of the biggest names in Scottish comedy and has produced decades of top TV.<p>Entertaining audiences with nearly 40 …


Exploring Eric Clapton's Collaborations with The Beatles, Part 2

Sometime in early 1968, when the Beatles' George Harrison invited Cream's Eric Clapton to play guitar on a tune—a psychedelic instrumental rocker …


Country and western legend Sydney Devine saddles up for first nationwide tour in 20 years ... aged 78

As part of his 'bucket list' Sydney also wants to record an album of duets with some of Scotland’s biggest stars including Billy Connolly, Annie …

British Humour

Folk Show: Episode 9 ft. Pentangle, Paul Brady and more

A mix of new folk releases (some yet to be released) and a sprinkling of classics from the past, mainly from the 1970’s.<p>Folk Show Playlist<p><b>Adam Holmes</b> …

Music (UK)

The appalling record that could be broken this weekend as Welsh regional rugby's biggest losers are revealed

Billy Connolly once joked that for years as a schoolboy he thought his local club’s name was Partick Thistle Nil.<p>It can be hell for a team to be …

Rugby Union