New Year Live

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New Year Live
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Also known as New Year's Eve Fireworks
Genre New Year's television special
Country of origin United Kingdom
Running time 90 minutes (2005–2008)
30 minutes (2009–2012)
15 minutes (2013)
10 minutes (2014-present)
Original network BBC One
BBC News
BBC World News
Picture format 1080i (HDTV)
Original release 31 December 2005 (2005-12-31) – present
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New Year Live (also known as New Year's Eve Fireworks) is the New Year celebration show broadcast across the United Kingdom on BBC One during the end of a year and the beginning of a new year. Before 2009, the programme was set in a studio with performances from successful artists of the year. From 2009, it has been filmed live on the streets of London, and shows the annual New Year's Eve firework display on the River Thames. From 2013 onwards, the programme is accompanied by special live concerts being performed by artists at Westminster Central Hall.


The programme started initially as featuring the New Year's Eve London Fireworks in 2004. In 2005, the format changed to include commentary from celebrity guests. The format changed further in 2006, to include live performances from music artists and the programme was extended to air between 60–90 minutes. This format remained until 2009.[citation needed]

From 2009 until 2013, the programme had returned to the original format of one presenter interviewing the general public on the streets of London, leading into the New Year Fireworks.[citation needed]

From 2013, the programme was renamed to New Year's Eve Fireworks and the format changed to accompany live concerts before and after the fireworks display. Gary Barlow, Queen + Adam Lambert, Bryan Adams, Robbie Williams, Chic and Nile Rodgers have performed before and after the New Year fireworks in specially broadcast concerts at Central Hall in Westminster.

During the 2014 event, drones were used to film the firework display and for the 2016 and 2017 events, the firework display was also filmed in 360 degrees.[1]


The programme is broadcast on BBC One in England, Wales and Northern Ireland whilst BBC One Scotland broadcasts Hogmanay Live with celebrations based in Edinburgh. Both however are available to watch anywhere in the United Kingdom on digital television. BBC Two also broadcasts Jools' Annual Hootenanny throughout the UK.

Presenters and guests[edit]

No. Year Presenter(s) Guest(s)
1 2004–05 Natasha Kaplinsky Unknown[2]
2 2005—06 Clare Balding, Andrew Marr and Doug Segal
3 2006–07 Natasha Kaplinsky and Nick Knowles Jamelia, Connie Fisher, The Feeling and Sophie Ellis-Bextor
4 2007–08 Nick Knowles and Myleene Klass Gethin Jones, Katie Melua and Richard Fleeshman
5 2008–09 Nick Knowles and Kate Silverton Gethin Jones, Matt Baker, Alesha Dixon, Russell Watson, Craig Revel Horwood, Jodie Prenger and Rita Simons
6 2009–10 Myleene Klass N/A
7 2010–11 Jake Humphrey
8 2011–12
9 2012–13 Gabby Logan
10 2013–14 Susanna Reid Gary Barlow
11 2014–15 Greg James and Gemma Cairney Queen + Adam Lambert[3][4]
12 2015–16 Ore Oduba Bryan Adams[5]
13 2016–17 Melvin Odoom Robbie Williams
14 2017–18 Roman Kemp Nile Rodgers and Chic


No. Year Ratings (millions)[6]
1 2004–05 6.35
2 2005–06 6.43
3 2006–07 6.06
4 2007–08 5.35
5 2008–09 5.83
6 2009–10 7.65
7 2010–11 9.37
8 2011–12 10.62
9 2012–13 9.73
10 2013–14 13.52
11 2014–15 12.50[7]
12 2015–16
13 2016—17 10.83
14 2017–18 10.40

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