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Best TV on New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day

Best TV on New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day

Celebrate New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day with the very best TV and entertainment. Let the countdown begin…

By Ally Sinyard, Writer

It’s safe to say virtually all of us will be spending another NYE at home. Fortunately, there’s a lot to look forward to on the box over New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day. There are special episodes of TV favourites like Doctor Who and The Last Leg; cosy, nostalgic romcoms and exciting new dramas to see 2022 in in style. 


Speaking of 20s, Sky Max will also be hosting the 20th anniversary celebration of the Harry Potter film franchise with a very special reunion programme. So put your wands up and have a happy new year! Goodness knows we all deserve it.


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New Year’s Eve


MasterChef Champion Of Champions

8.30pm, BBC One HD (CH 101/108)

MasterChef champions Tim Anderson, Ping Coombes, Saliha Mahmood-Ahmed, Kenny Tutt and Irini Tzortzoglou return to the kitchen to battle it out for the ultimate title. They’ll have to impress the judges (including special guest and Table Manners podcast host Jessie Ware) by creating dishes that demonstrate how far they’ve come since the show. 


Murder On The Orient Express

9pm, 4seven HD (CH 143/203)

Kenneth Branagh directs, stars and sports an impressive ’tache as Hercule Poirot in this star-studded adaptation of the Agatha Christie novel. Other passengers on this 2017 murder mystery ride include Michelle Pfeiffer, Dame Judi Dench, Johnny Depp and Penelope Cruz.


The Last Leg Of The Year

9pm, Channel 4 HD (CH 104/141)

If your NYE viewing requires something a little edgier, head over to Channel 4 as comedians and presenters Aisling Bea, Joe Wilkinson, Ivo Graham, Nish Kumar and Vick Hope join Adam Hills, Josh Widdicombe and Alex Brooker to say goodbye and good riddance to the year that was. 



9pm, ITV HD (CH 103)

As we see out the year that saw out Daniel Craig as 007, revisit one of his most white-knuckled of rides in this 2015 action flick. After foiling a terrorist plot in Mexico City, Bond receives a cryptic message from the past that leads him on the trail of a sinister organisation called SPECTRE. 


Have I Got 2021 News For You

9.30pm, BBC One HD (CH 101/108)

Is it really possible to condense all of this year’s biggest news stories into a single, half-hour highlight reel? Well, if you can call them highlights… Look back at the headlines of 2021 through the satirical lens of the long-running BBC panel show. 


The Graham Norton New Year’s Eve Show

10.20pm, BBC One HD (CH 101/108)

Who could possibly pass up an invitation to a New Year’s small gathering hosted by Graham Norton? Joining him for a glitzy 2021 send-off are Jessica Chastain (Molly’s Game), Claire Foy (The Crown), Peter Dinklage (Game Of Thrones), Cush Jumbo (The Good Fight) and comedian Joe Lycett – with music from The Divine Comedy.


When Harry Met Sally…

10.40pm, Channel 4 HD (CH 104/141)

As we mentioned in our Christmas movies special, this classic Billy Crystal and Meg Ryan romcom has been reportedly scheduled so that the New Year’s countdown in the movie aligns with our one IRL. Whether or not this turns out to be true, it’s still a great movie to see the new year in with.


The Big New Years & Years Eve Party

11.25pm, BBC One HD (CH 101/108)

Throw your very own kitchen disco as Years & Years singer Olly Alexander (also of It’s A Sin fame) hosts a musical extravaganza to take us into 2022. He'll be joined on stage by the legendary Kylie Minogue and Pet Shop Boys, with a whole host of other surprises set to be unveiled on the night. It would be a sin to miss it.


Jools’s Annual Hootenanny

11.25pm, BBC Two HD (CH 102)

The Hootenanny is to NYE what The Muppets Christmas Carol is to Christmas Day – it’s weaved into the very fabric of the occasion, it would cease to be without it. But enough fawning; this year’s line-up includes Ed Sheeran, Gregory Porter, Lulu and Joy Crookes, among many more.  



12.10am, BBC Four HD (CH 107)

Once the bottles have been popped and we’ve run out of words to “Auld Lang Syne”, settle in for the rest of the night with the entire third season of the acclaimed Mackenzie Crook and Toby Jones comedy.


New Year’s Day


New Year’s Day Concert: Live from Vienna 2022

10.15am, BBC Two HD (CH 102)

Ease yourself into the new year with this traditional annual concert, hosted by Petroc Trelawny, as conductor Daniel Barenboim leads the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra live from the Golden Hall of Vienna's Musikverein. 


Pride And Prejudice

From 11am, Drama (CH 226)

Matthew Macfadyen might be having a moment but, when it comes to playing Mr Darcy, you just can’t beat the OG: Original Gentleman. All six episodes of the award-winning, 1995 Jane Austen adaptation, starring Colin Firth and Jennifer Ehle, are showing back to back.


Archbishop of Canterbury’s New Year Message

1.15pm, BBC One HD (CH 101/108)

In his 2021 message, Archbishop Justin Welby reflected on his time volunteering at Guy’s and St Thomas’ hospital during the pandemic. This year, his message will be about our relationship with the planet and the impact of climate change.  


The Weakest Link

6.15pm, BBC One HD (CH 101/108)

BAFTA-winning comedian Romesh Ranganathan steps into Anne Robinson’s shoes for the return of the iconic quiz. This special sees radio and podcast stars battle it out for charity as, one by one, beloved broadcasting personalities are voted off by their team as the weakest link!


Doctor Who: Eve Of The Daleks

7pm, BBC One HD (CH 101/108)

After the explosive events of Doctor Who: Flux’s series finale, The Doctor (Jodie Whittaker) returns for an electrifying New Year’s Day special. Aisling Bea (This Way Up), Adjani Salmon (Dreaming Whilst Black) and Pauline McLynn (Father Ted) join our cast of characters as they find themselves trapped in a terrifying time loop with the Daleks. 


The Masked Singer

7pm, ITV HD (CH 103)

The show that sets Twitter alight with such cries as “Ne-Yo is a badger!” and “If that seahorse isn’t Mel B I’ll eat my remote control” is back for a third season on New Year’s Day. Upcoming costumes include some bagpipes, a traffic cone and, rather appropriately, a firework.


The Great New Year Bake Off

7.40pm, Channel 4 HD (CH 104/141)

The folks behind GBBO know that timing is everything. After the star-studded Christmas special, series 9 bakers Jon and Kim-Joy join series 11’s Hermine and Rowan to soothe our weary New Year souls – returning to the tent to compete against one another in a trio of seasonal challenges. 


Harry Potter 20th Anniversary: Return to Hogwarts

8pm, Sky Max/HD (CH 122/121)

We know this might be a little hard to take but yes, it really has been 20 years since the release of Harry Potter And The Philosopher’s Stone. To celebrate this magical milestone, Daniel Radcliffe, Rupert Grint and Emma Watson reunite with fellow cast members and filmmaker Chris Columbus to reflect on the making of this beloved film franchise.


Downton Abbey

8.40pm, ITV HD (CH 103)

To keep the nostalgia coming, revisit the much-loved period drama’s first feature film ahead of next year’s sequel, Downton Abbey: A New Era. It’s 1927 and the Crawley family receive word that the King and Queen are coming to visit Downton. What could possibly go wrong?


The Tourist

9pm, BBC One HD (CH 101/108)

BBC One starts the year as it means to go on, with the first of many hotly anticipated new dramas. In The Tourist, Jamie Dornan stars as a British man who finds himself being chased through the Australian outback, with no idea of his own identity. 


Taskmaster’s New Year Treat

9pm, Channel 4 HD (CH 104/141)

We don’t think there’s any better way to round off the day than with one of the most consistently entertaining shows on British telly. In this one-off special, Taskmaster Greg Davies and long-suffering sidekick Alex Horne invite special guests Adrian Chiles, Claudia Winkleman, Jonnie Peacock, Lady Leshurr and Baroness Sayeeda Warsi to compete in a series of ludicrous challenges to get their hands on a coveted Taskmaster trophy. Discover the 25 best Taskmaster contestants of all time.


Mrs Brown’s Boys

10pm, BBC One HD (CH 101/108)

If you still have time for one more chuckle before bed, then stick the annual New Year Mrs Brown’s Boys special on. Grandad’s brother, Micky, is fresh out of prison when he decides to visit the Brown household for a visit, with a simple ask. Namely, five thousand euro to invest in a South African gold mine. Welcome to 2022!


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