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2000 Today

Synopsis

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The final countdown is started. Cliff Richard lights the Flame of Hope in Birmingham's Centenary Square, and Katy Hill reports as the Prime Minister opens the London Eye ferris wheel at Westminster. Fergal Keane monitors celebrations in Leipzig, Table Mountain in South Africa and Egypt, where Jean-Michel Jarre stages a concert at the Pyramids, and there's a report from Moscow.
9.00 Three Hours to Go The festivities continue. Including at
. 9.05 BBC News; Regional News and Weather and at
9.25 National Lottery Big Draw 2000 with Dale Winton. The Queen lights the first national beacon in London - prompting others to be lit in Belfast, Cardiff and Edinburgh. There's a Bugwatch update and news from gigantic parties around the globe, including Athens, Venezuela, Paris and Finland. As the UK approaches 10pm, Jeremy Bowen joins a candlelit procession welcoming in the new year in Manger Square, Bethlehem.
10.00 Two Hours to Go In South Africa, Nelson Mandela hands over the flame of reconciliation, and back in Greenwich, Jamie Theakston introduces a star-studded concert including Simply Red and the Eurythmics.
11.00 One Hour to Go As crowds gather in the UK's major towns and cities for the stroke of midnight, the Queen and Prince Philip arrive at the Millennium Dome and the Archbishop of Canterbury leads the prayers. A spectacular opening ceremony for the Dome paves the way for Big Ben's most important chime of the year.
12.00 Midnight The year 2000 arrives on Big Ben's midnight chime, with a river of fire being lit along the Thames from Tower Bridge. Scenes of jubilation will be shown from around the UK. There's news of the first millennium babies, at
12.35 National Lottery Big Draw 2000, the first lottery of the new millennium, and the Dome's opening extravaganza and Greenwich concert conclude.
1.00 Hour Two After a ten-minute News bulletin including a millennium bug update, Dame Edna Everage gets crowds in New York's Time Square, in the mood for their midnight celebrations at 5am GMT.
2.00 Hour Three Brazil celebrates midnight, there's a rave in Liverpool and live jazz music in New Orleans.
3.00 Hour Four A look at activities in the trendy high spots of London and other UK cities. There's a glimpse at how life may be in the 21st century, and reports from midnight in Argentina, Chile and the first one in North America.
4.00 Hour Five Eddy Grant leads the festival in the Caribbean, the partying continues in the UK and the Gypsy Kings play live in Miami. It's time for the Americas to celebrate.
Including at 4.45 News and Weather. Continues until
1.30pm on New Year's Day, for details see overleaf. All the above programmes carry subtitles

Contributors

Unknown: Cliff Richard
Unknown: Katy Hill
Unknown: Fergal Keane
Unknown: Jean-Michel Jarre
Unknown: Dale Winton.
Unknown: Jeremy Bowen
Unknown: Nelson Mandela
Introduces: Jamie Theakston
Unknown: Dame Edna Everage
Unknown: Eddy Grant

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