Mapp and Lucia, 9pm, BBC1
In the final visit to EF Benson’s interwar world of social one-upmanship - as channelled by Steve Pemberton – Lucia (Anna Chancellor) begins a series of musical evenings, although Mapp (Miranda Richardson) begins to notice the odd moan from the locals. Could they be tiring of her ways?
New Year’s Eve Fireworks, 11.55pm, BBC1
Take a few moments to feel smug that you’re not squeezed on to the Thames Embankment wondering how you’re ever going to get home.
Best places to celebrate New Year's
Best places to celebrate New Year's
Join Sydneysiders in being among the first to see in 2015. The Aussie city rings in the New Year a full 11 hours before the UK, celebrating with an illuminated flotilla of more than 50 boats and a fireworks display over the Sydney Harbour Bridge and Opera House.
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2/9 Rio de Janeiro
The festivities on 31 December are the second-biggest event in Rio’s calendar, after Carnival, attracting up to two million visitors. Head to Copacabana beach for live music, before the fireworks are let off from barges on the water.
3/9 New York
The Times Square ball drop is about much more than watching a giant glittery sphere descend a flagpole. There are also performances from some of the biggest names in pop, which have in the past included Lady Gaga, Justin Bieber and Miley Cyrus. timessquarenyc.org
In the Icelandic capital New Year means more than just fireworks. Wrap up warm and head to one of the traditional bonfires dotted around the city. Sing along with the locals before taking the party inside. http://www.visitreykjavik.is/
Enjoy celebrations with a nautical flavour in the Dutch capital, where the fireworks take place in front of the National Maritime Museum and the cargo ship The Amsterdam. Iamsterdam.com
6/9 Hong Kong
Head to Hong Kong’s Victoria Harbour for one of the world’s most extravagant firework and pyrotechnic shows, culminating in a replica of New York’s ball drop. For the best views head to the Avenue of Stars in Kowloon or board a dedicated “countdown cruise”. discoverhongkong.com
Join the million-strong crowd in central Berlin for one of Europe's biggest street parties. Taking place between the Brandenburg Gate and Victory Column, the event will have you dancing to the sounds of live bands and DJs until the early hours. visitberlin.de
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8/9 New Orleans
If you can’t make it to New Orleans for Mardi Gras, 31 December is a close second for party atmosphere. Fireworks are let off from a steamboat on the Mississippi and the “Fleur de Lis drop” sees a huge version of the city’s symbol descend into Jackson Square. neworleansonline.com
9/9 Niagara Falls
Head to the world’s most famous waterfall for Canada’s biggest New Year’s Eve party. Fireworks are set off in Victoria Park, overlooking the falls, and music comes courtesy of country music legend Keith Urban and Nick Jonas, of the Jonas Brothers. niagaraparks.com
Queen + Adam Lambert Rock Big Ben Live, 11.15pm & 12.10am, BBC1
Joined again by the runner-up in the 2009 American Idol series, the surviving Queen members play the classics.
Tommy Cooper: Not Like That, Like This, 10pm, ITV
Another chance to catch David Threlfall as the fez-topped comedy genius in Simon Nye’s biodrama, concentrating on Tommy Cooper’s triangular love life – shared between wife “Dove” (Amanda Redman) and devoted personal assistant Mary Kay (Helen McCrory). And if you find the drama flagging, there are always the jokes, such as “I backed a horse at 20 to one. It came in at half past four.”
Jools Annual Hootenanny, 11.20pm, BBC2
The line-up this year features British singer-songwriters Ed Sheeran (left), Paolo Nutini, Ellie Goulding, Paloma Faith and Joss Stone, while America is represented by Ronnie Spector and Boz Scaggs.Reuse content