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 15–90 minutes
Original network BBC One
BBC News Channel
BBC World News
Picture format 1080i (HDTV)
Original release 31 December 2004 (2004-12-31) – present
External links

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 Years' Eve firework display on the River Thames.


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. Since 2009, the programme has returned to the original format of one presenter interviewing the general public on the streets of London, leading into the New Year Fireworks.

In 2013, the programme was renamed to New Year's Eve Fireworks and the programme was just 15 minutes in length, becoming 2013's most watched programme of the year. It was preceded and following by a special concert from Gary Barlow in London; receiving 8.80m and 6.38m viewers respectively.

2014's programme, the length was 15 minutes and the British band Queen and singer Adam Lambert performed preceding and following London's New Year firework display, similar to Gary Barlow's Big Ben Bash Live, the programme was called Queen & Adam Lambert Rock Big Ben Live. In 2015, Bryan Adams performed before and after the New Year fireworks.


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 Hootenanny with Jools Holland throughout the UK.

Presenters and guests[edit]

No. Broadcast date Presenter(s) Guests
1 2004 Natasha Kaplinsky N/A
2 2005 Clare Balding, Andrew Marr & Doug Segal
3 2006 Jamelia, Connie Fisher, The Feeling, Nick Knowles & Sophie Ellis-Bextor
4 2007 Nick Knowles
Myleene Klass
Gethin Jones, Katie Melua & Richard Fleeshman
5 2008 Nick Knowles
Kate Silverton
Gethin Jones, Matt Baker, Alesha Dixon, Russell Watson, Craig Revel Horwood, Jodie Prenger & Rita Simons
6 2009 Myleene Klass N/A
7 2010 Jake Humphrey
8 2011
9 2012 Gabby Logan
10 2013 Susanna Reid Gary Barlow
11 2014 Greg James
Gemma Cairney
Queen & Adam Lambert[1][2]
12 2015 Ore Oduba Bryan Adams[3]

The List of New Year Live Ratings[edit]

No. Broadcast Year BBC One Rating[4]
1 2004 6,360,000
2 2005 6,430,000
3 2006 6,060,000
4 2007 5,350,000
5 2008 5,830,000
6 2009 7,650,000
7 2010 9,370,000
8 2011 10,620,000
9 2012 9,730,000
10 2013 13,520,000
11 2014 12,500,000
12 2015 12,500,000[5]
Average 2004–2015 8,047,000

See also[edit]