New Year's Eve 2021 TV schedule: What’s on TV today and tonight?

It’s New Year’s Eve, and plenty of people will be thankful this rollercoaster of a year is almost over.

Borrowing the words of Gogglebox narrator Craig Cash, in a year when the world was continuously turned upside down, we watched lots of good telly.

And we’re in for yet another day of cracking TV with BBC, ITV, Channel 4 and more pulling out all the stops to end 2021 on a high note.

So if you plan to ring in 2022 on your couch, surrounded by chocolates and a take away, this is for you.

(Or, if you plan to party the night away but want to record some great TV to soothe the hangover the next day, this also works for you!)

Here’s what’s on TV this New Year’s Eve.

New Year’s Eve TV schedule: BBC One, BBC Two, ITV, Channel 4 and Channel 5

BBC One New Year’s Eve schedule

BBC One is an absolute cracker this New Year’s Eve, starting the afternoon with an absolute must-watch.

Disney’s Coco will air on BBC One at 2.40pm, a funny, touching and sometimes heartbreaking adventure which the entire family will enjoy (and, potentially, shed a tear at).

As the day goes on, viewers can enjoy celebrity game show specials, the guaranteed drama of EastEnders, a star-studded Graham Norton Show line-up and a massive party hosted by Years & Years’ Olly Alexander, Kylie Minogue and the Pet Shop Boys.

BBC One New Year’s Eve TV Schedule

2.40pm Coco

4.15pm Top of the Pops New Year Special

5.15pm Superman & Lois

6.00pm BBC News at Six

6.15pm BBC Newsline

6.25pm The Weakest Link

7.10pm EastEnders

8.00pm Question of Sport

8.30pm MasterChef Champion of Champions

9.30pm Have I Got 2021 News For You

10.00pm BBC News at Ten

10.15pm Weather

10.20pm The Graham Norton Show

11.25pm The Big New Years & Years Eve Party with Kylie and Pet Shop Boys

12.00am Happy New Year Live

12.10am The Big New Years & Years Eve Party with Kylie and Pet Shop Boys

BBC Two New Year’s Eve schedule

From classic films to musical history, insanely difficult quiz shows to stand-up comedy, BBC Two has something for everyone this New Year’s Eve.

Michael Fassbender stars in Jane Eyre at 12.30pm, while the brainboxes will make you feel like an absolute imbecile in Christmas University Challenge at 8.30pm.

All this leads up to Jools Holland helping us ring in the new year from 11.25pm with his yearly bash, his ever-popular Annual Hootenanny.

BBC Two New Year’s Eve TV schedule

12.30pm Jane Eyre

2.20pm Tea With Mussolini

4.15pm Nothing Like A Dame

5.35pm Musicals: The Greatest Show

6.55pm Dad’s Army

8.30pm Christmas University Challenge

9.00pm The Aftermath

10.40pm Live At The Apollo

11.25pm Jools’ Annual Hootenanny

ITV New Year’s Eve schedule

ITV is bringing us an all-day marathon of TV favourites, from Celebrity Supermarket Sweep, all the drama on Emmerdale and Coronation Street and the brilliant Daniel Craig Bond film, Spectre.

Following the action after 007, ITV News will air the Big Ben Bongs (try saying that five times fast) with the show beginning from 11.45pm.

ITV New Year’s Eve TV schedule

10am Celebrity Supermarket Sweep

11am In For A Penny

11.30am Ninja Warrior UK

12.30pm Smallfoot

2.20pm ITV News

2.30pm Dickinson’s Biggest and Best Deals

3.30pm Tipping Point

4.30pm The Chase

5.30pm Lingo

6.30pm ITV News

7.00pm Emmerdale

8.00pm Coronation Street

9.00pm James Bond: Spectre

11.45pm ITV News, including New Years Bongs

12.10am Safe House

Channel 4 New Year’s Eve schedule

Channel 4 kicks things off early on New Year’s Eve with the brilliant A Series of Unfortunate Events, adapted from the best-selling books and featuring a star-studded cast including Jim Carrey, Billy Connolly and Meryl Streep.

A festive episode of Chateau DIY, Royal documentary Christmas at Chatsworth House and iconic film Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom follows the strong start to the day.

Viewers can also watch the New Year’s Eve special of The Last Leg at 9.00pm, which is guaranteed to be a cracker.

Channel 4 New Year’s Eve TV schedule

11.20am Lemony Snicket’s A Series of Unfortunate Events

1.15pm Chateau DIY at Christmas

2.15pm Christmas at Chatsworth House

3.15pm The Great Escape

6.30pm Channel 4 News

6.45pm Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom

9.00pm The Last Leg of the Year

11.05pm Celebrity Gogglebox

12.05am Four Weddings and a Funeral

Channel 5 New Year’s Eve schedule

Channel 5 is going all out for New Year’s Eve, with four fantastic family movies in a row from early morning: Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, Jumanji, Hook and Night At the Museum.

You can also get into the party mood with Britain’s Favourite Party Songs at 9.00pm, followed by Britain’s Greatest 80s Songs at 10.55pm, which will have you singing and dancing in your living room as you welcome 2022.

Channel 5 New Year’s Eve TV schedule

11.05am Chitty Chitty Bang Bang

12.55pm Jumanji

3.00pm Hook

5.45pm Night At The Museum

8.00pm World’s Strongest Man

9.00pm Britain’s Favourite Party Songs

10.55pm Britain’s Greatest 80s Songs

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