Settle in for a wild night with Alan at the helm of your New Year celebrations
ALAN CARR'S NEW YEAR SPECSTACULAR
New Year's Eve, 9pm, Channel 4
PICTURE the scene: it's New Year's Eve, so you resolve to have a big night on the town.
You spend ages getting ready, but it will all be worth it. You phone for a taxi – but they're all booked up. You manage to scrounge a lift from a relative, and you're all set for what you're sure will be a memorable night. The pubs are packed, and the drinks are terribly overpriced. You can't hear to talk to your friends and you spend the latter half of the evening getting turned away from too-busy clubs.
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You're cold, you've spent a fortune, and you cut your losses and phone for a taxi home – but they're all booked up.
Call us a bunch of cynics if you must, but wouldn't you have a far more enjoyable night welcoming in the New Year in style, with Alan Carr and his array of celebrity guests?
After all, the bespectacled comedian has lined up quite the night – so break out the chips and dip, grab a cold one from the fridge and prepare to make the most of the last night of the year – all from the comfort of your own sofa.
Joining the host for Alan Carr's New Year Specstacular are TV presenters Jonathan Ross and Melanie Sykes, stand-up comedians Jack Whitehall and Jimmy Carr, fashion guru Gok Wan, Paralympic sprint champion Jonnie Peacock and American pop star Bruno Mars.
Last year's Specstacular proved to be chaotic, bizarre, at times bordering on shambolic – and always immensely entertaining. It helped – or hindered – that Alan plied his guests with drinks throughout, and the sight of a tipsy Heston Blumenthal cooking up some of his weirdest creations for a group of bemused (and also largely tipsy) celebs was a particular highlight. Both Ross and Wan were involved in that programme too, so we can expect a similar level of raucous hilarity this time around.
Of course, the producers may have learned from the last one and it may all be a bit more sedate – but thankfully we reckon that's unlikely.
Syeda Irtizaali, the show's commissioning editor, says: "I can think of no better person to leave Channel 4's New Year celebrations in the hands of than our very own Alan. Expect a raucous and funny party night packed full of celebrity guests, plenty of sketches and surprises and a wonderfully mischievous look back at the best of the year."
As well as the guests mentioned above, we're promised a parade of other famous faces will also be involved, popping up in various guises to take part in VT sketches, entertaining games and musical performances.
This may only be Alan's second stint helming the Hogmanay show, but already we can imagine this becoming a firm fixture for years to come. The new Jools Holland? Well, let's not get ahead of ourselves – but in true Channel 4 style, they've done a good job offering us a viable alternative.