New Year’s TV: guide

2012-12-26_2309New Year’s offers a mix of fireworks, concerts, movies, and traditional fare including the Midnight Fireworks from Sydney Harbour, the Edinburgh Military TattooDinner for One and yes another spin of Can’t Stop the Music.

Seven will have the Melbourne fireworks for Melbourne viewers while SBS has the annual New Year’s Day Concert from Vienna on New Year’s Day.

So far there aren’t a lot of annual News specials scheduled on Free to Air TV, just a short wrap on ABC News 24. SKY News has been promoting a 2012 special but I haven’t managed to find out the broadcast time yet.

8:30pm Edinburgh Military Tattoo 2012
From the Esplanade of Edinburgh Castle, the 2012 Tattoo celebrates the Diamond Jubilee of Her Majesty The Queen. A host of acts from the UK and the Commonwealth are joined by a variety of top performers from Europe and the USA.

10:20pm Last Night Of The Proms 2012
The last night of the UK’s annual Proms held at the Royal Albert Hall, London. Rpt.

Jan 1
8:30pm The Mystery of Edwin Drood

7:30pm Schools Spectacular 2012
In this full two and a half hour version, join 3600 talented singers, dancers and musicians aged 5 to 18 from NSW public schools as they take over Sydney’s Entertainment Centre to present a school musical extravaganza of epic proportions. Hosted by John Foreman and Kayne Tremills from ABC3, the 29th annual Schools Spectacular is an event not to be missed. This year’s theme ‘Our Time’ speaks directly from the heart of the young performers. It is their time to stand in the spotlight and shine. It is their time to make a difference, their time to showcase their passions and talent, and their time to develop into the future leaders that shape our nation.

9:30pm Alan Carr: Chatty Man. Final
Loved by both the public and his guests for his irrepressible, warm and witty approach, Alan Carr hosts this side-splitting chat show.

10:15pm The Videos That Shaped the 80s
A celebration of the era when memorable music was matched in brilliance by the creative filmmaking that projected it around the world. Artists recall the inspiration behind these videos. Rpt.

11:10pm Video Killed The Radio Star: Divas And Directors
Artists including Mick Fleetwood, Kim Wilde and Bonny Tyler look back at the iconic videos of music’s greatest divas, including those of Tina Turner and Diana Ross. Rpt.

ABC News 24
5:55pm. Reloaded 2012: The Year in News

The City of Melbourne NYE Fireworks (Melb only)
5am The 123rd Annual Rose Parade See all the action from the 123rd Tournament of Roses Parade in California with colourful floats, equestrians and marching bands.

Monday Dec 31
8:30pm New Year’s Eve 2012

Family Fireworks
Join Channel Nine as we host the 9pm Family Fireworks live from the glorious Sydney Harbour.

9pm Movie: Hairspray Rpt

11:25pm New Year’s Eve 2012
Midnight Fireworks
Capture all the excitement as we countdown to midnight and the spectacular world famous fireworks from Sydney Harbour.

Tues Jan 1
12:15am Movie: Can’t Stop The Music Rpt

10:30pm Survivor: Philippines

Mon December 31
8:30 pm The Graham Norton New Years Eve Special
The award-winning host gets into the spirit with a New Year’s Eve edition of his talk show. Join in the fun with Graham and celebrity guests on the sofa.

9:30pm Movie: Moulin Rogue Rpt

Tues Jan 1
12:45am Late Show With David Letterman

Monday December 31
8:30 pm Rocky Horror Picture Show (1975)
A newly engaged couple have a breakdown in an isolated area and must pay a call to the bizarre residence of Dr. Frank-N-Furter. Rpt.

December 31
8:30 pm Shine A Light  (2008) M
A career-spanning documentary on the Rolling Stones, with concert footage from their “A Bigger Bang” tour. Rpt.

Monday Dec 31
7:30 pm Dinner For One – In keeping with SBS tradition, our annual screening of this perennial favourite. Dinner for One revolves around the aged Miss Sophy who celebrates her 90th birthday with her best friends, all of whom are actually dead. The result is that her increasingly inebriated butler is obliged to act out each role in turn. Stars Mary Warden and Freddy Frinton. (From Germany, in English) (Comedy) (Rpt)

7:50 pm Becoming The Beatles
The Beatles endure as the greatest popular music band of all times. But before the fame and fortune there was the lesser-known story about the six young men who would – and wouldn’t – grow up to become The Beatles. This program looks back to the band’s beginnings, to working class Liverpool in the 1950s. Interwoven with interviews with old friends and band members from the early years, are rare images, memorabilia and home movies shot by friends and fellow musicians that help recount the compelling early days of the band. (From the UK) (Documentary)

8:50 pm Produced By George Martin
A profile of Sir George Martin, Britain’s most celebrated record producer. The film talks about his childhood, his war experience and his first job at EMI in the early fifties. In 1962 he signed The Beatles and together they revolutionised pop music and recording techniques. The program features numerous classic clips and interviews with Sir Paul McCartney, Ringo Starr, Michael Palin, Jeff Beck, Rolf Harris, Cilla Black and Bernard Cribbins among others. (From the UK) (Documentary) (Rpt)

11:50 pm PopAsia New Year’s Eve Special
Count down to 2013 with SBS PopAsia. We’ll be looking back at a massive year in Asian pop with all the biggest hits and interviews as well as announcing the SBS PopAsia Awards for 2012. SBS PopAsia Awards 2012 features five main categories: Best Boy Band; Best Girl Band; Best Music Video; Best Solo Act; and Best Rookie. (An SBS Production) (Entertainment)

Tuesday Jan 1
1:00 pm Les Misérables
This dramatisation of Victor Hugo’s 1862 novel stars Gérard Depardieu as Jean Valjean. It is 1815 and Jean Valjean is released after 19 years of hard labour in Toulon’s gaol. Embittered, he seems condemned to live as an outcast but after meeting the saintly bishop of Digne, he starts his life anew. Directed by Josée Dayan and also stars John Malkovich and Charlotte Gainsbourg. (From France, in French) (Drama Series) (Part 1 of 4) (Rpt)

7.30pm Scrapheap Orchestra
This program would like to find out whether it is possible for professional musicians from the BBC Concert Orchestra to make beautiful sounds out of garbage. For the first time ever an entire orchestra of 44 instruments will be built from just scrap. The quest to build an orchestra of instruments out of rubbish is more than just a musical spectacle – in the construction of these instruments, the program delves into the history of instrument making and the science of music – why different instruments are made the way they are, why some designs have not changed for hundreds of years and why, when played together, the sound of an orchestra is unlike anything else on earth. Inspirational conductor Charles Hazlewood leads the challenge and charges a group of the UK’s top instrument makers with the mission of transforming junk, broken furniture and the contents of roadside skips into an orchestra of instruments. The BBC Concert Orchestra – a team of virtuoso performers – will put their reputations on the line by using these instruments to stage what they hope will be a flawless performance of Tchaikovsky’s 1812 Overture at the 2011 Proms.

9.15pm New Year’s Day Concert 2013
It has long been a tradition at New Year’s for the Vienna Philharmonic to present a program consisting of the lively and at the same time nostalgic music from the vast repertoire of the Johann Strauss family and its contemporaries. These concerts not only delight the audiences in the Musikverein in Vienna, but also enjoy great international popularity through the world-wide television broadcasts, which now reach over 70 countries. On the basis of the convincing artistic success of the New Year’s Concert 2011 which he conducted, and also in recognition of his stellar collaboration with the Philharmonic as well as in the Vienna State Opera, the 2013 New Year’s Day Concert will be conducted by Austrian maestro Franz Welser-Möst.

Tuesday Jan1
10pm Amelie
(2001) Comedy. Audrey Tautou, Mathieu Kassovitz. Rpt.

Showtime Drama
Monday December 31
5pm Center Stage
(2000) Drama. Amanda Schull, Peter Gallagher. (M) Rpt

7pm  Dirty Dancing: Havana Nights
(2004) Drama. Diego Luna, Romola Garai. (PG)  Rpt

8.30pm Xanadu
(1980) Musical. Olivia Newton-John, Gene Kelly. (G)   Rpt

10.10pm Saturday Night Fever
(1977) Drama. John Travolta, Karen Lynn Gorney. (MA) Rpt

BBC World News
8.30pm HARDtalk
Review of the Year

9.27pm New Year’s Hit Party
10pm Most Wanted
10.55pm 10 Hottest Tracks Right Now
11.39pm New Year’s Countdown Top 5

MTV Hits
4pm Top 100: Biggest Hits of 2012

MTV Classic
4pm NYE Party Anthems Top 100

6pm 100 Best of 2012

Tues Jan 1
7.30pm Royal Variety Performance 2012
The Royal Variety Performance 2012 celebrates its 100th year with a very special show that features international music sensation Rod Stewart, music icon Neil Diamond, Britain’s Got Talent winners Ashleigh and Pudsey, Brit Award winners Girls Aloud, pop sensation Kylie Minogue, superstar Robbie Williams, opera legend Andrea Bocelli, multi Grammy Award winner Alicia Keys, comedians Rhod Gilbert and Bill Bailey, an extract from the Seven Olivier Award-winning Matilda The Musical and the eagerly anticipated musical The Bodyguard, pluWith HM The Queen and HRH The Duke of Edinburgh in attendance and David Walliams as host, this is a show you don’t want to miss.


  1. Can’t Stop the Music straight after the fireworks and the countdown to midnight on Nine is a New Years Day tradition. I remember as a kid seeing it at the cinema and wondering if there was a brief c***shot in the shower scene at the YMCA. When I bought the DVD the slo-mo and still function certainly received a workout 😉

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