Billy Connolly is to be honoured with a one-hour ITV special following his March announcement that he has retired from stand-up comedy.

Billy Connolly: It's Been a Pleasure has been billed by ITV as "an uplifting, emotional and hilarious hour" with 77-year-old Connolly taking part in the programme from his home in Florida. He has been living with Parkinson's disease for a number of years.

Announcing the show, 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."

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Viewers are also promised "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," ITV added.

"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."

A transmission date has yet to be announced.

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