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The start of biggest ever live broadcast in TV history - 28 hours of celebrations as people of the world bid farewell to and welcome the new millennium.
The 2000 Today team will bring reports from the UK and around the world as the clock ticks down to midnight in different time zones. To begin with John Simpson is on the South Pacific island of Kiribati, seeing the first sunrise of the new millennium. And Tan Dun and an orchestra perform a special symphony. Presented by David Dimbleby from the Prime Meridian line in Greenwich, with Michael Parkinson, Gaby Roslin, Peter Sissons, Peter Snow, Philippa Forrester and Fergal Keane. See Choice.
Executive editor Avril MacRory Party all over the world: page 16
10.00 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 Thirteen Hours to Go
Cameras capture midnight in Auckland, New Zealand. There's 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 Twelve Hours to Go
Big Ben rings the final midday of 1999. Glastonbury Abbey holds a historic service. Paddy Kielty visits in Belfast's Kitchen Bar. Australia gears up for midnight, and the sun sets on the Taj Mahal.
1.00 PM Eleven Hours to Go
Australia welcomes 2000 with a huge firework display, there's a Bugwatch update and Nick Knowles pays the first of many visits to Southampton general. Including 1.05-UL5 BBC News.
2.00 Ten Hours to Go
There's an act of Remembrance from Nottingham, Nelson Mandela speaks from South Africa, and the first UK sunset is observed off the Shetlands. From a tornado jet, Philippa Forrester describes sunset across the nation.
3.00 Nine Hours to Go
David Attenborough voices his hopes for mankind. Michael Palin investigates scientific activity in the South Pole. There's a report from Beijing, China, as the world's largest population sees in the new millennium.
4.00 Eight Hours to Go
Michael Palin reviews midnight in Hong Kong, Singapore and Taiwan, and in New Zealand, first light brings a special concert featuring Kiri Te Kanawa.
5.00 Seven Hours to Go
Preparations for a spectacular parade taking place on London's Tower Bridge. (All the above programmes carry subtitles)
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