A decade of news with Simon and Wendy, then countdown til 12 with Jason Gunn 0

TV ONE’s New Year’s Eve line-up sees a selection of special entertainment shows and a chance to look at the year that was for Kiwis.

The evening kicks off at 7.30pm, with The Royal Variety Performance, performed in the United Kingdom annually in aid of the Entertainment Artistes’ Benevolent Fund (the EABF). This year’s 81st performance will be staged in Blackpool for the first time since 1955, and hosted by award-winning comedian Peter Kay. Featuring a host of musicians, comedians and dancers, the star-studded line-up includes: the winner of this year’s Britain’s Got Talent, Diversity; the multi-award winning Bette Midler; Oscar-winner Whoopi Goldberg, along with the cast of the smash-hit West End production, Sister Act; Canadian singer and Grammy Award-winner, Michael Buble; X Factor winner Alexandra Burke; teen superstar Miley Cyrus; opera star Katherine Jenkins; and the critically acclaimed comedians Jason Manford and Paddy McGuinness.

At 9.30pm, ONE News presenters Simon Dallow and Wendy Petrie will host ONE Decade In The Making, a look at the news events that shaped the ‘noughties’ – the years 2000 to 2009. From the celebrations at the dawning of the century; the 9/11 attacks; and the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq; through to the political events in New Zealand and overseas; changes in technology; and Kiwi triumphs on the sporting stage.

Jason Gunn hosts TV ONE’s New Year’s Eve Special at 10.30pm, which takes a look at the big shows, big stories and big events from 2009. Packed with roving reports and celebrity messages, Gunn and special guests will take viewers on a countdown to the New Year.

Gunn says he’s looking forward to giving the county an opportunity to countdown to midnight together. “It’s been a while since we’ve had an official countdown. In my experience, you’re with a few people and you’re kind of struggling to tune in to when exactly it is midnight, and by the time you realise, you’re about 15 seconds too late.

“So finally this year, there will be a place, where as a country, we can all gather and say ‘let’s tune in with Jase’ – there will be an official countdown, and we can all get there at the same time.”

He says it’s not until you start looking back at the amazing achievements and memorable moments of the year that you realise a lot has happened in 2009. “From the people that we’ve lost locally and internationally (sadly), to the winners that we’ve had as Kiwis, to just incredible moments, 2009 has been jam packed. Plus, there’s a few special guests joining us that I’m quite excited about – they appear to be willing to do a few out of the ordinary things.”

Whether you watch the whole show, or have it on in the background and tune in and out, grab yourself a glass, sit back, have a bit of a reminisce, says Gunn.




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