Joe Dolan: Sweet Little Rock `n’ Roller, RTÉ One, 6.30pm
It’s five years since the great Joe Dolan passed away on St Stephen’s Day, 2007 and in this film, those who knew him best – family members, colleagues and friends alongside key musicians and songwriters recall the life and times of this legendary, much-loved performer. Even now there is still “no show like a Joe show”. Joe Dolan was Ireland’s Elvis Presley. The only Irish singer to register chart hit’s over five successive decades, he evolved from being a rural Rocker in the early sixties to become Ireland’s first international pop star.
House Party NYE, Channel 4, 11.50pm
RTÉ One has The Gathering, over on Beeb Two, they’re throwing ye olde Scottish Hootenanny, Beeb One has eh, Gabby Logan with some fireworks, and UTV is showing the news but check out the hipsters on Channel 4. House Party is back for a 2012 send off which invites viewers to throw parties with live DJ sets by six top international acts, including Annie Mac, Frankie Knuckles, Norman Jay, Hercules and the Love Affair, Charlie Sloth and Toddla T Sound. The event brings house parties together from around the UK, and, by turning the television or laptop into the ultimate DJ booth, gives everyone the opportunity to celebrate the New Year with their personal line-up of world-class DJs and VJs, who are playing directly to the TV audience, rather than a packed studio. Bleedin’ hipsters! What’s wrong with Auld Lang Syne and a bottle of year-old cooking sherry? Tsk!
Top Of The Pops New Year’s Eve Special, BBC One, 7.00pm
This New Year’s Eve sees the return of Top Of The Pops for a special hour-long celebration of all things pop. Hosts Reggie Yates and Fearne Cotton will review the year in pop, taking in 2012’s greatest hits and brightest chart stars. The show will feature special performances from some of the year's biggest acts including the final number one of 2012. Now that the charts have become unpredictable again why don’t they just bring it back every week?
Jools’ Annual Hootenanny 2012/2013, BBC Two, 11.10pm
The Dubliners bring their 50th anniversary year to a rumbustious close with an appearance on Jools’ annual Hootenanny and they’ll be performing a couple of their classic tunes, including the barnstorming The Irish Rover. Also on hand for the knees up is Petula Clark who performs two of her biggest songs along with a surprising cover of Gnarls Barkley’s Crazy from her upcoming album; the biggest selling act of 2012, designer soul singer Emeli Sandé will perform numbers from her million-selling Our Version Of Events. Also in the studio will be Soul legend Bobby Womack with a track from his recent album The Bravest Man In The Universe along with a number or two from his vast back catalogue. The lovely Lianne La Havas will perform her ode to going out with an older man in Age plus an Ella Fitzgerald number; King of the charts in the early Eighties, Adam Ant will perform some of his classic pop tunes along with a number from his upcoming album. The Hives will be dropping in to dazzle with their rock and roll tunes including crowd favourite Hate To Say I Told You So; from Detroit, soul singer Bettye Lavette will be performing her 1965 tune Let Me Down Easy along with her take on The Black Keys I’m Not The One from her new album. Frontman of Dexys Midnight Runners, Kevin Rowland, will be reprising a couple of their classic Eighties tunes along with a number from their 2012 album. And Nottingham's newest star, singer-songwriter Jake Bugg who had huge success in 2012 with his debut album. Sounds good!
Unclaimed Baggage - the Unrevealed Story of Marilyn's Last Trunk, TG4, 10.05pm
This investigation is looking for a legendary Louis Vuitton trunk which contained something of great historical importance - Marilyn Monroe's wardrobe. This journey brings us from Paris to Tokyo, via New York and Hollywood, where we cross the path of Louis Vuitton’s grandchild, as well as families of the East Coast Establishment, a famous heiress, celebrities, and a Japanese "Lady Gaga". The film we will try to open this legendary trunk, to discover Marilyn's life, her intimacy, her travels and her secrets.