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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.

New Year Live
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Also known asNew Year's Eve Fireworks
GenreNew Year television special
Presented byVarious (see below)
Country of originUnited Kingdom
Original language(s)English
Camera setupMulti-camera
Running time90 minutes (2005–2008)
30 minutes (2009–2012)
85 minutes[1] (2013–)
Original networkBBC One
BBC News
BBC World News
Picture format1080i (HDTV)
Original release31 December 2004 (2004-12-31) –
Related showsHogmanay Live
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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. Since 2013, the programme has been accompanied by special live concerts being performed by artists at Westminster Central Hall.


The programme initially covered the New Year's Eve fireworks in London 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 for between 60 and 90 minutes. This format remained until 2009.[citation needed]

From 2009 until 2013, the programme returned to its 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 on the BBC programme guide and the format changed to accompany live concerts before and after the fireworks display. Gary Barlow, Queen + Adam Lambert, Bryan Adams, Robbie Williams, Chic, Nile Rodgers and Madness 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 first show in 2004/05 attracted 6.35 million viewers, growing to 6.43 million for 2005/06. Ratings dropped to 6 million for 2007's arrival, but peaked with 9.6 million viewers at midnight. The 2007/08 show dropped to a new low of 5.35 million viewers, then 5.83 million in 2009. The show changed to a 11.45–12.15 slot for 2010's arrival, with 7.65 million watching, peaking at more than 10 million. The 2011 show grew to 9.3 million viewers watching, peaking at more than 11 million at midnight. 2012 was the most-watched edition so far, at 10.6 million, peaking at more than 12 million viewers. The 2013 show got 9.7 million, with 13.3 million at midnight.

As the show changed again to a concert, The fireworks achieved success with 13.52 million, peaking at 14.1 million. Gary Barlow's concert afterwards was boosted to 10 million viewers, dipping to 8.8 million. For 2015 the fireworks had 12.5 million viewers, and Adam Lambert's concert 10 million, dipping to 9.4 million. Viewers dropped in 2016 to 11.4 million, but Byran Adams' concert pulled in strong ratings, getting over 6 million. 2017's arrival saw a drop to 10.8 million, while 2018 had 10.4 million. However, for the first time since 2015's arrival, the 2019 show got more than 11 million, at 12.3 million.


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.

Presenters and guestsEdit

No. Year Presenter(s) Guest(s) Ratings
1 2004–05 Natasha Kaplinsky Unknown[3] 6.35
2 2005–06 Clare Balding, Andrew Marr and Doug Segal 6.43
3 2006–07 Natasha Kaplinsky and Nick Knowles Jamelia, Connie Fisher, The Feeling and Sophie Ellis-Bextor 6.06
4 2007–08 Nick Knowles and Myleene Klass Gethin Jones, Katie Melua and Richard Fleeshman 5.35
5 2008–09 Nick Knowles and Kate Silverton Gethin Jones, Matt Baker, Alesha Dixon, Russell Watson, Craig Revel Horwood, Jodie Prenger and Rita Simons 5.83
6 2009–10 Myleene Klass N/A 7.65
7 2010–11 Jake Humphrey 9.37
8 2011–12 10.62
9 2012–13 Gabby Logan 9.73
10 2013–14 Susanna Reid Gary Barlow 13.52
11 2014–15 Greg James and Gemma Cairney Queen + Adam Lambert[4][5] 12.50
12 2015–16 Ore Oduba Bryan Adams[6] 11.48
13 2016–17 Melvin Odoom Robbie Williams 10.83
14 2017–18 Roman Kemp Nile Rodgers and Chic 10.40
15 2018–19 Stacey Dooley and Joe Sugg Madness and The Kingdom Choir[7] 12.39

See alsoEdit

Notes and referencesEdit


1.^ Since 2013 the programme consists of a musical performance, then a segment of approximately 15 minutes showing the fireworks, then a second musical performance.


  1. ^ "Revellers to enjoy 360-view of New Year's fireworks from home". Retrieved 15 October 2018.
  2. ^ "Weekly top 30 programmes - BARB". Retrieved 15 October 2018.
  3. ^ "New Year Live - BBC One London - 31 December 2004 - BBC Genome". Retrieved 15 October 2018.
  4. ^ "BBC - Queen and Adam Lambert to perform New Year's Eve concert broadcast on BBC One - Media Centre". Retrieved 15 October 2018.
  5. ^ "BBC One - Queen + Adam Lambert Rock Big Ben Live, Part 1". BBC. Retrieved 15 October 2018.
  6. ^ "BBC- Bryan Adams to perform at exclusive BBC New Year's Eve concert". BBC. Retrieved 5 December 2015.
  7. ^ "Stacey Dooley and Joe Sugg take One Step Beyond the ballroom as they join Madness at this year's New Year's Eve celebrations on BBC One". BBC Media Centre. 18 December 2018. Retrieved 21 December 2018.

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