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Billy Connolly shares funeral plans in new TV show

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Mar 06, 2014 | 7:56am EST

Scottish actor/comedian Billy Connolly is to share his funeral plans with fans in a new TV show about death. The funnyman, who beat prostate cancer last year (13), has signed up to front a new U.K. series called Billy Connolly's Big Send Off in which he will address the sensitive subject of death and how it is viewed in different cultures. In the show, Connolly will discuss his feelings about his own ending and his funeral plans, while he will also visit a drive-through funeral parlour in Los Angeles, a graveyard in his native Glasgow, Scotland and a pet cemetery in San Francisco, California. Monty Python star Eric Idle will also make an appearance in the show, which is due to air in the U.K. in May (14). A spokesperson for ITV, the U.K. network behind the programme, says, "Billy Connolly's a big fan of life. He's effervescent, energised and inspired by it, but he's also genuinely fascinated by the way we as humans treat death - a subject that is quite literally the ultimate universal experience, yet so often avoided." Connolly announced in September (13) that he has been diagnosed with the early stages of Parkinson's disease and has undergone treatment for prostate cancer. He was given the all-clear from the disease in October (13).

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