Va­ri­ety show sees out the year

The Weekend Australian - Review - - Television Free To Air - New Year’s Eve 2016,

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

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