New Year’s Eve: guide

Here’s what is screening on Free to Air on Sunday night, with highlights in bold.


7:35pm Making Muriel rpt
8:35pm: New Year’s Eve 2017

8:38pm: Welcome to Country
8:41pm: ABC Children’s NYE  
9pm: Family Fireworks
9.30pm: Countdown Concert  
12am Sydney Midnight Fireworks
12:15am rage: New Year’s Eve special

Join our master of ceremonies, Charlie Pickering as he counts down the biggest night of the year with the New Year’s Eve 2017 broadcast, Countdown Live NYE 2017 on ABC and ABC iview.

Presented from the Sydney Opera House, Charlie takes us through an evening jam packed full of unmissable entertainment from an all-star line-up including Jimmy Barnes, Phil Jamieson, Marcia Hines and Kate Ceberano, with plenty of fun for all-ages, including the Family Fireworks at 9pm, culminating in the world-famous Sydney Midnight Fireworks.

The evening events will commence with a Welcome to Country with Rhoda Roberts AO, followed by The Early Night Show, co-hosted by Hoot the Owl and the one and only Kitty Flanagan. Featuring the Play School band, jugglers, acrobats and a marching band, it promises to be fun for all the family!

We’ll cross to ABC ME’s Grace Koh and Giggle and Hoot’s Jimmy Giggle who will be live from Sydney’s Botanical Gardens. There will be a very special performance from Casey Donovan, we take a look at some hilarious Play School auditions, and some of our younger viewers give us their views on hot topics and what was the “best-thing-ever” that happened to them in 2017.

At 9pm, the winner of ABC ME’s Design your own Firework competition, 7-year-old Lucia from Adelaide, will set the Sydney sky alight with the Family Fireworks display featuring her own unique firework design.

After the 9pm fireworks, Charlie will take us through a variety of hilarious and heart-warming segments including comedian Sammy J, who will present his unique take on some of the year’s key stories, and a behind the scenes look at the rehearsals for the biggest concert of the year.

Then it’s time to do yourself a favour and get your groove on when the legendary Molly Meldrum welcomes Australia to Countdown Live, a live concert celebrating the songs of the iconic show Countdown performed by many of our most loved artists.

Audiences can enjoy live; Jimmy Barnes, Phil Jamieson, Colin Hay, Casey Donovan, John Paul Young, Marcia Hines, Kate Ceberano, Ngaiire, Montaigne, Isaiah Firebrace, Mahalia Barnes and Prinnie Stevens. They’ll be performing the music that is, quintessentially, Australia’s song book, with a few international classics thrown in for good measure.

At midnight, stand by as Sydney becomes the focus of the world as thousands of fireworks light up Sydney Harbour and we welcome 2018.


7pm Sunday Night rpt
8:30pm Movie: The Theory of Everything rpt
11:10pm Dynamo A-Z
11pm City of Melbourne NYE Fireworks (Melbourne only)
12:15am The 128th Annual Rose Parade rpt

City of Melbourne NYE Fireworks will be hosted by The Daily Editions’ Tom Williams, and co-hosted by Seven News reporter Emily Angwin, who will also present the year that was in News.

Joining the team are Seven News’ Sean Sowerby and Paul Dowsley reporting live from the crowds at Docklands and Kings Domain. Sean and Paul will also take a look at all the sporting highlights and best online moments of 2017.

The festivities will include performances by the cast of the hit stage show Priscilla Queen of the Desert, before the big countdown to Melbourne’s legendary fireworks display at midnight.


7pm Movie: New Year’s Eve (2011) rpt
9:25pm U2 Live in London 
10:45pm Culture Club Live at Wembley rpt
12:40am Movie: Can’t Stop the Music rpt


7pm Big Bash League
10:40pm Graham Norton Show
11:10pm The Odd Couple rpt
12:10pm Bruno Mars: 24K Magic Live at the Apollo rpt

ELEVEN 9:45pm: The Loop NYE Party


6:10pm Dinner for One rpt
6:30pm SBS World News
7:30pm The Trojan Horse Mystery
8:30pm Earth from Space
10:15pm Unity: Latin Tribute To Michael Jackson
11:30pm Nobel Peace Prize Concert 2016 Sting, Juanes, Halsey, Highasakite, Marcus & Martinus, and Icona Pop.
12:35am Bjork: Biophilia Live

SBS VICELAND: 12am Popasia: New Year’s Eve Special


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