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Billy Connolly 'set to make TV comeback' after Parkinson's diagnosis

The Big Yin's back!

Beloved comedy legend Billy Connolly is heading back to TV in a new series.

The iconic Scottish comedian, 76, retired from stand-up six years ago after he revealed his Parkinson's Disease and prostate cancer diagnosis.

But despite his condition, Billy's coming back to the small screen for a new travel series.

Billy's coming back to TV (Credit: SplashNews.com)

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The Sun reports that Billy will be travelling around America for a three-part series for ITV called Billy Connolly's Great American Trail.

A source said: "Billy admitted earlier this year that Parkinson’s was taking its toll and he could no longer cope with live performances.

After ITV producers offered him a new adventure in the US, where he has spent half his life living, he decided it was too good to miss.

"But after ITV producers offered him a new adventure in the US, where he has spent half his life living, he decided it was too good to miss.

"He’s been secretly working on the project and filmed footage for the show in March and June. It’s going to be welcome news for his fans who thought he was going to be retiring for good."

Billy appeared earlier this year in Billy Connolly: Made In Scotland (Credit: BBC)

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Earlier this year, Billy admitted on the BBC documentary programme Billy Connolly: Made In Scotland that he was "near the end", although unafraid of death.

"My life is slipping away," he said.

"And I can feel it. And I should. I’m 75. I’m near the end. I’m a damn sight nearer the end than I am the beginning," he continued.

He also discussed his struggles to perform on stage after his Parkinson’s.

After the show, fans took to Twitter to express their admiration for him.

One fan, acknowledging the health troubles of Connolly, said: "Absolutely loved Billy Connolly on tv tonight such a legend of a man. So down to earth & fighting such a cruel illness too. Respect."

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