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Billy T James - A Celebration

Television (Full Length) – 1995

Having made a comeback after heart surgery in 1990, legendary entertainer Billy T James passed away in August 1991. Four years later that anniversary was commemorated with Billy T James - A Celebration. Hosted by Pio Terei, the special highlights some of Billy’s best moments of both comedy gold, and his vast talents as musician. Interviews with Billy T and his colleagues (including showband veteran Robbie Ratana, comedian Peter Rowley, and screen wife Ilona Rodgers) offer insight into the real man behind arguably New Zealand’s most beloved entertainer.

What am I doing here? I was quite embarrassed, being put alongside all these people that had done these amazing feats for the community ... really all I've done is sort of made people laugh.
– Billy T James, on being awarded an MBE

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