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ITV commissions Billy Connolly travelogue from Wonder

Wonder, a Banijay Group company, has been commissioned by British commercial broadcaster ITV to produce a new travalogue featuring Scottish comedian and actor Billy Connolly. Billy Connolly’s Great American Trail (3 ...
July 19, 2019

Wonder, a Banijay Group company, has been commissioned by British commercial broadcaster ITV to produce a new travalogue featuring Scottish comedian and actor Billy Connolly.

Billy Connolly’s Great American Trail (3 x 60 minutes) will see Connolly (pictured) traveling through the U.S. to tell the story of Scottish people in America and their migratory journey.

He’ll start in Plymouth, Massachusetts, where the Mayflower pilgrims first landed, and finish in Nashville, Tennessee.

The series was commissioned by Jo Clinton Davis, controller of factual at ITV, and is executive produced by Mike Reilly at Wonder. It will be distributed globally by Banijay Rights.

“This series will show a side to America and to Billy Connolly that has never been seen before,” said Reilly in a statement. “It is a privilege to be working with such an amazing talent, and to bring his unique view of the world to our screens.”

An air date has not yet been set.

(Photo courtesy of Wonder)

About The Author
Senior staff writer Frederick Blichert comes to realscreen with a background as a journalist and freelance film critic. He has previously written for VICE, Paste Magazine, Senses of Cinema, Xtra, Canadian Cinematographer and elsewhere. He holds a Master of Arts in film studies from Carleton University and a Master of Journalism from the University of British Columbia.

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