Variety show sees out the year
Audiences have a love-hate relationship with the ABC’s New Year’s Eve broadcast. Sure, it has sometimes featured “tired and emotional” hosts, self-interested complaints about the plight of ABC employees, and hot mic controversies (2014’s “Oh thank god [that’s over]”). Yet, the Sydney fireworks are peerless, and unless you are a fan of Robbie Williams ( Live in Tallinn from 9.20pm, Nine) or cricket ( Big Bash from 7pm, Ten), it’s slim pickings.
As usual, the program features children’s entertainment until 9pm, including Play School’s Jemima, Justine Clarke, the Wiggles, Dan Sultan and Bananas in Pyjamas. The 9pm fireworks will feature the handiwork of 10-year-old Georgia from Perth, the winner of ABC Three’s “design your own fireworks” competition.
The main event will be hosted by Ella Hooper and Jeremy Fernandez from inside City of Sydney Lord Mayor Clover Moore’s party at Bennelong Point. The program includes the 2016 Pub Quiz hosted by Lawrence Mooney and featuring panellists and guests including Rhys Nicholson, Denise Scott, Miranda Tapsell, Peter Helliar, Anne Edmonds and Tom Tilley, who will look back at the year that was, interspersed with specials from The Katering Show’s Kates, Sammy J and Review’s own David Stratton, who will share cultural and comic perspectives on the past year.
Live crosses to the Falls Festival in Lorne, Victoria, will feature performances by Bernard Fanning, Violent Soho, Broods, Catfish and the Bottlemen and Alison Wonderland. And in the run up to the midnight pyrotechnics, Hoodoo Gurus will perform live. (Plus Sunday night at 10.50pm on SBS brings us the Vienna Philharmonic’s new year, broadcast around the world to more than 90 countries.) Saturday, 8.30pm, ABC.
Jeremy Fernandez and Ella Hooper lead proceedings for the ABC’s New Year’s Eve coverage