TV Highlights from Olly Alexander to Kylie Minogue and Ed Sheeran via Mrs Mack

Telly Today New Years’ Eve 2021 highlights…

Viewers north of the border can enjoy a Scottish flavoured evening courtesy of STV starting at 10 pm with another chance to see Scotland Loves High Road a nostalgic look back at popular serial Take The High Road which ran on STV from 1980 to 2003. All the more fitting as contributors to the programme Gwyneth Guthrie the legendary Mrs Mack and Alec Monteath as Dougal Lachlan both passed away in 2021.

At 10.30 pm Alan Cumming’s Edge of Scotland sees the actor fulfil a lifelong dream to explore the rugged beauty of the Outer Hebrides and meet the people who live there in this another chance to see scheduling. Alan travels from Barra to Stornoway on a stunning island odyssey, where he sees white sandy beaches, ancient wonders and a world-famous football pitch

At 11.30 pm spend 40 minutes in the company of Lorraine Kelly and friends Bringing in the Bells as they take an entertaining look back at the big moments of 2021. Guests Sanjeev Kohli, Amy Macdonald, Gail Porter, Sean Batty and Jean Johansson reflect on the year as they bring in the bells and look forward to 2022.

As always over on BBC Two Jools Holland and his Rhythm & Blues Orchestra welcome in the new year with a studio packed full of musical stars for his traditional Annual Hootenanny. As we see out 2021 and ring in 2022, Jools invites a spectacular cast of guest singers to help him and his band put on the best party in town, as well as also taking time to reflect on years gone by, with some of the best performances from the hit-packed Hootenanny archive.

Joining Jools and his orchestra in the studio this year are Ed Sheeran, Gregory Porter, Lulu, Joy Crookes, Rag’n’Bone Man, Yola, Vic Reeves, Ruby Turner and the Pipes and Drums of the 1st Battalion Scots Guards. Plus, there will be archive performances from the likes of Craig David, Madness and Soul II Soul, promising a musical medley of legends and newies, pop bangers and treasured classics, to guide and entertain us through the last moments of 2021 and into 2022. Join Jools from 11.25 pm.

BBC One sees Scotland go its own way with Hogmanay Live from 11.30 pm on BBC One Scotland as Edith Bowman is joined by Texas, Emeli Sandé and Scotland’s biggest stars to look forward to the New Year. The moment itself is marked by the traditional Lone Piper high on the ramparts of Edinburgh Castle and a special fireworks display with the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra.

BBC One everywhere else has The Big New Years & Years Eve Party from 11.25 pm which sees Years & Years singer Olly Alexander throw a spectacular New Year’s Eve Party in the build-up to the midnight moment. Olly will be performing many of his hits and some surprise cover songs, as well as duetting with special guest Kylie Minogue. Other guests include The Pet Shop Boys and the show continues after a break for Big Ben’s chimes at 12.10am with more music and fun with Olly.


Viewers outside of the STV region can see the programming on the STV Player, Viewers in Scotland who wish to see regular BBC One can do so via the iPlayer.

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