Coverage of Millennium Eve worlwide celebrations, beginning at 09.15 on 1999/12/31 until 13.30 on 2000/01/01, with reports from the UK and around the world as New Year's Eve is celebrated in various time zones. The Archive acquired the 2000 TODAY transmissions on five tapes as per the following: 2000 TODAY (1): Covers 09.15-17.10 (475 minutes): 09.15-10.00 Introduction to the coverage, with John Simpson on the South Pacific island of Kiribati seeing the first sunrise of the new millennium. Also Tan Dun and an orchestra perform a special symphony. 10.00-11.00 FOURTEEN HOURS TO GO. The celebrations begin on Kiribati and Tonga, and there are reports from around the UK, including Kirsty Wark in Edinburgh, Noel Thompson in Belfast, and Tim Vincent in Cardiff. 11.00-12.00 THIRTEEN HOURS TO GO. Cameras capture midnight in Auckland, New Zealand. There is also a link-up with Cape Town, South Africa, and BUGWATCH provides news on the millennium bug. Diane Louise Jordan pays the first of a series of visits to one of the last weddings of 1999, and a VIP meets workers on board an Irish Sea gas rig. Plus the first of today's reunions. 12.00-13.00 TWELVE HOURS TO GO. Big Ben rings the final midday of 1999. Glastonbury Abbey holds a historic service. Paddy Kielty visits Belfast's Kitchen Bar. Australia gets ready for midnight, and the sun sets on the Taj Mahal. 13.00-14.00 ELEVEN HOURS TO GO. Australia welcomes the New Year with a huge firework display in Sydney, and Nick Knowles pays the first of many visits to Southampton General Hospital. Plus an update on the millennium bug. Including a news report between 13.05 and 13.15. 14.00-15.00 TEN HOURS TO GO. Including an act of Remembrance from Nottingham, Nelson Mandela speaking from South Africa, and the first UK sunset is observed off the Shetlands. From a tornado jet, Philippa Forrester describes sunset across the nation. 15.00-16.00 NINE HOURS TO GO. David Attenborough voices his hopes for mankind. Michael Palin investigates scientific activity in the South Pole. Plus a report from Beijing, China, as the world's largest population see in the new millennium. 16.00-17.00 EIGHT HOURS TO GO. Michael Palin reviews midnight in Hong Kong, Singapore and Taiwan, and in New Zealand, first light brings in a special concert featuring Kiri Te Kanawa. 17.00-17.10 SEVEN HOURS TO GO. Preparations for a spectacular parade taking place on London's Tower Bridge. 17.10-17.30 BBC NEWS AND WEATHER and REGIONAL NEWS (Held on a separate tape). 17.30-18.00 EASTENDERS (First of two editions, held on a separate tape). 2000 TODAY (2): Covers 18.00-20.00 (126 minutes): 18.00-19.00 SIX HOURS TO GO. Gaby Roslin introduces some special reunions, bringing together long-lost friends and relatives. From the studio, Meera Syal looks forward to midnight in India and Rolf Harris watches sunrise in Australia. 19.00-19.05 FIVE HOURS TO GO. Shauna Lowry reports from Londonderry in Northern Ireland, where a massed choir sings 'Danny Boy', and in London David Dimbleby and Juliet Morris watch guests arrive at the Millennium Dome for the opening ceremony. 19.05-20.00 2000 TO 1. The grand final of the 'Children's Promise' millennium quiz show to determine who will win the whole of the year 2000 off work on double pay. Hosted by Michael Parkinson and Katy Hill, with a guest appearance from Lenny Henry. 20.00-20.35 EASTENDERS (Second of the day's episodes, held on a separate tape). 2000 TODAY (3): Covers 20.35-midnight (198.5 minutes); 20.35-21.00 Cliff Richard lights the flame of hope in Birmingham's Centenary Square, and Katy Hill reports from the London Eye as the Prime Minister opens the giant ferris wheel [the trip on the wheel itself had to be cancelled owing to safety worries]. Fergal Keane monitors celebrations in Leipzig, Table Mountain in South Africa and Egypt, where Jean-Michel Jarre stages a concert at the Pyramids. Plus a report from Moscow. 21.00-22.00 THREE HOURS TO GO. The Queen lights the first beacon in London, prompting others to be lit in Belfast, Cardiff and Edinburgh, with reports from Athens, Venezuela, Paris and Finland. Jeremy Bowen joins a candlelit procession in Manger Square, Jerusalem. Plus updates on the millennium bug, and the BBC News between 21.05-21.25, followed by the NATIONAL LOTTERY BIG DRAW 2000, hosted by Dale Winton. 22.00-23.00 TWO HOURS TO GO. In South Africa, Nelson Mandela hands over the flame of reconciliation, and back in Greenwich, Jamie Theakston introducesa concert including Simply Red and the Eurythmics. 23.00-00.00 ONE HOUR TO GO. The Queen and Prince Philip arrive at the Millennium Dome for the opening show, with Prime Minister Tony Blair in attendance, and the Archbishop of Canterbury leads the prayers. 2000 TODAY (4): Covers 00.00-09.00 2000/01/01 (540 minutes): 00.00-01.00 Big Ben chimes in the new century, followed by fireworks display in London, plus similar scenes of celebration from around the UK. The Millennium Dome opening show and the Greenwich concert conclude, plus news of the first millennium babies. At 00.35 there is also the first National Lotery of the new millennium. 01.00-02.00 HOUR TWO. Dame Edna Everage gets crowds in New York's Times Square in the mood for New Year. Plus a news report at 01.00, followed by an update on the millennium bug. 02.00-03.00 HOUR THREE. Brazil celebrates midnight, a rave in Liverpool, and live jazz from New Orleans. 03.00-04.00 HOUR FOUR. Activities in the high spots of London and other UK cities. A glimpse of how life may be in the 21st century, and reports from Argentina, Chile and the first midnight in North America. 04.00-06.00 HOURS FIVE AND SIX. Eddy Grant leads the festival in the Caribbean, the Gypsy Kings play live in Miami, and the Americas begin to celebrate the arrival of midnight. Including a news report at 04.45. 06.00-07.00 HOUR SEVEN. Sunrise in Venice, and the last sunset of the 20th century takes place in Samoa in the South Pacific. Includes a news report between 06.50 and 07.00. 07.00-08.00 HOUR EIGHT. Midnight reaches the American west, Las Vegas and Hollywood. Plus dawn in Italy and the Jungfrau. 08.00-09.00 HOUR NINE. Pictures from the meridian line in Greenwich as the sun rises in the UK for the first time in the 21st century. Including a news report between 08.15 and 08.30. 09.00-11.00 LIVE AND KICKING (Children's saturday morning programme, held on a separate tape). 2000 TODAY (5): Covers 11.00-13.30 (156 minutes): 11.00-12.00 HOUR TWELVE. Samoa is the last place on Earth to enter the 21st century. Plus a look back at last night's events in the Americas. Including a news report between 11.55 and 12.00. 12.00-13.00 HOUR THIRTEEN. Starting with Big Ben, more than 35,000 church bells ring across the country from noon. Including at 12.05, the Archbishop of Canterbury's New Year message. 13.00-13.30 HOUR FOURTEEN. Some final global hoghlights. Including a news report at 13.00.
BBC-backed 24-hour live millenium broadcast.