Hogmanay Live

Hogmanay Live is BBC Scotland's annual live event programme broadcast 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 bySee below
Country of originScotland
Original languageEnglish
Production
Production locationsThe Old Fruitmarket, Glasgow
Running time60 minutes
(often with a preview programme earlier in the evening)
Release
Original networkBBC One Scotland (1991–present)
BBC Two Scotland (1999)
BBC Scotland (2019–present)
BBC Red Button
Original release31 December 1991 (1991-12-31) –
present
Chronology
Preceded byThe White Heather Club
Related showsBBC's New Year's Eve
External links
Website

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 presenters are Susan Calman, Des Clarke and Amy Irons. Jackie Bird and Phil Cunningham often hosted together each year but from 2008 until 2019 she solely presented the programme. Cunningham does still appear on the programme, though 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.

HistoryEdit

 
Hogmanay Live 2006 titlecard
 
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.

In 2019, Hogmanay Live was renamed to Hogmanay 2019, was presented by Calman, Clarke and Irons, and was not filmed live.[2]

The 2020 programme was again hosted by Calman and was pre-recorded without a studio audience. It was announced that Stirling Council would team up with BBC Scotland to organise a firework display over the Wallace Monument and Stirling Castle which would be broadcast on the programme from midnight.[3]

BroadcastsEdit

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

Jackie Bird hosted the show every year from 1999 until 2018–19. 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

Jackie Bird
Phil Cunningham

10 2000–01
11 2001–02
12 2002–03
13 2003–04
14 2004–05
15 2005–06

Phil & Aly
KT Tunstall
Nicola Benedetti
Texas

Princes Street, Edinburgh
Great Hall, Edinburgh

16 2006–07

Phil & Aly
Karine Polwart
Paolo Nutini

Great Hall, Edinburgh

17 2007–08

Jackie Bird

Phil & Aly
Amy Macdonald
Marti Pellow

Pacific Quay, Glasgow

18 2008–09

Jackie Bird
Hardeep Singh Kohli

Phil & Aly
Leon Jackson
Sharleen Spiteri

Princes Street, Edinburgh

19 2009–10

Jackie Bird
Phil Cunningham
Aly Bain

Phil & Aly
Seth Lakeman
Pearl and the Puppets
Emily Smith

Pacific Quay, Glasgow

20 2010–11

Jackie Bird
Phil Cunningham

Phil & Aly

21 2011–12

Phil & Aly
Admiral Fallow
Breabach
The House of Edgar Shotts and Dykehead Pipe Band

22 2012–13

Jackie Bird
Phil Cunningham
Catriona Shearer
Craig Hill

Phil & Aly
The Proclaimers
Frightened Rabbit
Rachel Sermanni

Princes Street, Edinburgh
Old Fruitmarket, Glasgow
Stirling
Inverness

23 2013–14

Jackie Bird

Phil and Aly
Deacon Blue
John McCusker
Heidi Talbot
Roddy Hart & The Lonesome Fire
Boghall and Bathgate Caledonia Pipe Band

Princes Street, Edinburgh

24 2014–15

Phil & Aly
Kenny Anderson
Blazin' Fiddles
Twin Atlantic

Old Fruitmarket, Glasgow

25 2015–16

Phil & Aly
Bay City Rollers
Biffy Clyro

26 2016–17

Jackie Bird
Carol Kirkwood

Phil & Aly
Amy Macdonald
RURA

Old Fruitmarket, Glasgow
Princes Street, Edinburgh

27 2017–18

Jackie Bird
Roddy Hart

Phil & Aly
KT Tunstall
Rag'n'Bone Man
The Scott Wood Band

Old Fruitmarket, Glasgow

28 2018–19

Jackie Bird
Roddy Hart
Bryan Burnett

Phil & Aly
KT Tunstall
Alesha Dixon
Karine Polwart
Des Clarke
Gregor Fisher

29 2019–20

Susan Calman
Des Clarke
Amy Irons

Travis Pacific Quay, Glasgow
30 2020–21 Susan Calman Amy Macdonald
Deacon Blue
Blazin' Fiddles

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. Amid derision from the media,[4][5][6] 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

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ [1]
  2. ^ "BBC – Join Susan Calman, Des Clarke and Amy Irons for Hogmanay 2019 – Media Centre". BBC. Retrieved 6 November 2019.
  3. ^ "Stirling to first-foot the nation as BBC screens Hogmanay fireworks live". stirling.gov.uk. Retrieved 19 December 2020.
  4. ^ "Jackie Bird:I promise my Hogmanay dress won't be a fright night, son". Daily Record. London. 29 December 2010. Retrieved 20 July 2017.
  5. ^ "Should all those howlers be forgot". The Scotsman. Retrieved 20 July 2017.
  6. ^ "Who told Jackie Bird to take the plunge?". The Herald. Glasgow. Retrieved 20 July 2017.

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