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Hogmanay Live is BBC Scotland's annual live event programme broadcast from the Old Fruitmarket in Glasgow on Hogmanay, Scotland's New Year's Eve celebration. Regardless of location, the programme rings in the New Year with the firing of Edinburgh Castle's One O'Clock Gun and the subsequent fireworks and celebrations in Edinburgh.

Hogmanay Live
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GenreNew Year's television special
Created byBBC Scotland
Presented byJackie Bird
Country of originUnited Kingdom
Original language(s)English
Production location(s)The Old Fruitmarket, Glasgow
Running time60 minutes
(often with a preview programme earlier in the evening)
Original networkBBC One Scotland
BBC Red Button
BBC Online
Original release31 December 1991 (1991-12-31) –
Preceded byThe White Heather Club
Related showsNew Year Live
External links
Hogmanay Live 2006

The programme features a mixture of Scottish contemporary and folk music, with some past programming also featuring live coverage of parts of the Princes Street concert in Edinburgh, Its current presenter is Jackie Bird and Phil Cunningham often hosted together each year but since 2008 she has solely been presenting the programme. Cunningham does however still appear on the program just not as a host.[1]

Carol Kirkwood reported on the 2016 edition of the show live from Edinburgh Castle. The show currently is hosted live from The Old Fruitmarket, Glasgow. Until 2013, Bird was live from Edinburgh Castle or Princes Street, but the show's producers decided that it should take place in Glasgow permanently.



Leon Jackson performs on Hogmanay Live 2008

The programme has its roots in The White Heather Club which preceded it. Whilst Hogmanay Live is vastly different nowadays from the programme that came before it, The White Heather Club brought the Scottish tradition of Hogmanay to television for the first time. Various incarnations and evolutions of the show have appeared over the years, such as The Hogmanay Show, which blend the old with the new and mark the beginning of a New Year from a distinctly Scottish perspective. Hogmanay Live, briefly renamed New Year Live when it was networked in 1998, has continued this tradition, giving viewers a chance to both reflect on the year gone by and look forward to the year ahead in a uniquely Scottish fashion. Jackie Bird's parts in Glasgow are filmed in advance of Hogmany and are not live.


The programme is broadcast throughout the United Kingdom on BBC One Scotland. The BBC's London celebration, New Year's Eve Fireworks is also available in Scotland via digital television as well as BBC Two's Hootenanny with Jools Holland.

Jackie Bird has hosted the show every year since 1999. Before then, it had various hosts.

No. Year Presenter(s) Guest(s) Location
1 1991–92
  • Various
  • Unknown
  • Various
2 1992–93
3 1993–94
4 1994–95
5 1995–96
6 1996–97
7 1997–98
8 1998–99
9 1999–00
10 2000–01
11 2001–02
12 2002–03
13 2003–04
14 2004–05
15 2005–06
  • Princes Street, Edinburgh
  • Great Hall, Edinburgh
16 2006–07
  • Great Hall, Edinburgh
17 2007–08
  • Jackie Bird
  • Pacific Quay, Glasgow
18 2008–09
  • Princes Street, Edinburgh
19 2009–10
  • Pacific Quay, Glasgow
20 2010–11
  • Jackie Bird
  • Phil Cunningham
  • Phil & Aly
21 2011–12
22 2012–13
  • Princes Street, Edinburgh
  • Old Fruitmarket, Glasgow
  • Stirling
  • Inverness
23 2013–14
  • Jackie Bird
  • Princes Street, Edinburgh
24 2014–15
  • Old Fruitmarket, Glasgow
25 2015–16
26 2016–17
  • Phil & Aly
  • Amy Macdonald
  • RURA
  • Old Fruitmarket, Glasgow
  • Princes Street, Edinburgh
27 2017–18
  • Old Fruitmarket, Glasgow
28 2018–19

In popular cultureEdit

The show was regularly lampooned in BBC Scotland's 1979–92 Hogmanay comedy sketch show Scotch and Wry (which was screened immediately before in the schedule), which usually involved Rikki Fulton in a post-closing credits skit aimed directly at Hogmanay Live. Since 1993 Only an Excuse? has occupied the same schedule position and continued the parodies.[citation needed]

During Hogmanay Live 2001, one of presenter Jackie Bird's many costume changes included a small gold glittery top which arguably was not best suited to her figure.[2] Amid derision from the media,[3][4][5] the top became one of the infamous moments of that year's programme and was auctioned off for BBC Children in Need later in the year.

See alsoEdit


  1. ^
  2. ^ "Bird is still flying high after a quarter of a century". 11 October 2014. Retrieved 20 July 2017.
  3. ^ (29 December 2010). "Jackie Bird:I promise my Hogmanay dress won't be a fright night, son". Retrieved 20 July 2017.
  4. ^ "Should all those howlers be forgot". Retrieved 20 July 2017.
  5. ^ "Who told Jackie Bird to take the plunge?". HeraldScotland. Retrieved 20 July 2017.

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