Sir Billy Connolly takes dog for a walk ahead of landmark ITV special

Sir Billy Connolly has been pictured taking his dog for a walk just hours ahead of his ‘uplifting and emotional’ ITV special which will mark the end of his 50-year career in stand-up.

The beloved 78-year-old comedian, who recently announced he’s quit the industry due to his Parkinson’s, was photographed taking a stroll around his neighbourhood in Florida.

The walk lasted around half an hour and Sir Billy looked deep in thought as his pooch explored.

Dressed in blue and white tartan trousers, which resembled pyjama bottoms, for the occasion, he also wore a black face mask as per Covid-19 guidelines.

The legendary comic was diagnosed with the degenerative disease Parkinson’s in 2013.

He continued to tour and perform until 2017, before moving to Florida with his wife.

Sir Billy revealed that his condition has caused him to walk unsteadily, lose his hearing and drool.

To mark the end of his career in stand-up, ITV will air Billy Connolly: It’s Been A Pleasure tonight.

The one-off episode features his ‘greatest stand-up moments, unseen performance footage and exclusive chats with some of Billy’s biggest famous fans’.

ITV said: ‘Sir Billy Connolly recently announced that he was officially stepping back from live stand-up performance. 

‘To mark this major moment in comedy history, this star-studded one-hour special celebrates Billy’s anarchic genius and life-affirming brand of humour. 

‘There are also unique new insights from the woman who knows Billy best – his wife and soulmate, Pamela Stephenson.

‘His A-list fans will share their memories of Billy, send him personal messages and pick their all-time highlights from his glorious comedy catalogue. The man himself will react to their choices and reveal his own favourites.’

The broadcaster continued: ‘Billy Connolly: It’s Been A Pleasure is a definitive celebration of an all-time great.

‘An uplifting, emotional and hilarious hour in the company of the legendary Big Yin at his entertaining best. It will make you laugh. It may even make you cry. A fitting send-off for a stand-up megastar.’

Billy Connolly: It’s Been A Pleasure airs tonight at 9.30pm on ITV.

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