ACTOR and comedian Billy Connolly hopes to raise a laugh from beyond the grave with an interactive burial plot.

The star, who has been treated for prostate cancer and Parkinson's disease, talks about his plans in a two-part documentary for ITV, Billy Connolly's Big Send Off, in which he investigates attitudes towards death around the world. The first episode airs on Wednesday.

Connolly, 71, said: "I was going to have, 'Oh Jesus Christ, is that the time already', but in tiny little letters, about an eighth of an inch high, so to see them you'd have to step onto the grave where I would have placed, under the turf, those sensitive pads that you get for people who are breaking in to your house.

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"And it would activate a sound system and it would say, 'You're standing on my balls!'"