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Jackie Bird Jackie Bird will be back on screen for 'one of the biggest parties in the world'

Raise a glass with Jackie

Jackie Bird returns to BBC Scotland's screens on New Year's Eve after a serious illness.

The Reporting Scotland anchor, who was reportedly hours from death after collapsing with a strangulated bowel last month, will present the network's Hogmanay Live from Edinburgh's Princes Street.

'It'll be great to be out with the party-goers enjoying one of the biggest parties in the world,' says Bird. 'Not only that, but we're hoping to get around Scotland, bringing the spirit of the night into everyone's living room.'

The show will go live to Stirling Castle for a Proclaimers conert, to Inverness for a Highland-style Hogmanay and to the battlements of Edinburgh Castle when the traditional lone piper brings in the New Year.

Star turn

  • Stargazing Live returns to BBC Two early next year, while a series of companion events will encourage viewers to make the most of the night sky. The events, free ticketed affairs, include planetarium shows, rocket making and constellation recreation and involve various museums and organisations. The tv series will be hosted once again by Brian Cox and Dara O Briain who will be hunting for 'asteroids and strange spider-like features on Mars'.
Brian Cox and Dara O Briain Brian Cox and Dara O Briain hunt for asteroids
  • Jonathan Creek is to return after a three year gap for a 90-minute special. The BBC One comedy drama, starring Alan Davies as the titular investigator, will be made in-house and is due to be transmitted next Easter. Smith will be joined by Sheridan Smith in The Clue of the Savant's Thumb.
  • Nick Knowles will front a new quiz show for Saturday nights on BBC One. Break The Safe, to be produced by Thames Scotland, will see three couples compete in Q&A rounds before the leading pair attempts, against the clock, to 'break the safe' containing £100,000.
  • The BBC Symphony Orchestra will be involved in the Open Orchestra project introducing children from special and mainstream schools to orchestral music. Along with the Royal College of Music and Drake Music, they have teamed up with three London boroughs for the seven-month scheme which will culminate in a schools concert in May 2013.

Who lives at Number 9?

  • Steve Pemberton and Reece Shearsmith, creators/stars of A League of Gentlemen and Psychoville, have started filming on Inside No. 9 (working title) for BBC Two. The anthology of comedies - packed with the pair's trademark dark humour and unexpected twists - will be made in-house, before transmitting towards the end of next year. Gemma Arterton, Tamsin Greig, Adam Deacon and Timothy West will be among the inhabitants of the various houses at Number 9.
Mary Anne Hobbs Wake up to Mary Anne Hobbs on 6 Music
  • Mary Anne Hobbs is to present 6 Music's weekend breakfast show from January 5. The 7-10am slot will be presented live from Salford and will be produced by Wise Buddah. Hobbs, who previously worked for Radio 1 for 14 years before a shorter stint at Xfm, is also a successful touring DJ.
  • David Hasselhoff will anchor The Hoff's best… film ever for BBC Three. BBC Scotland's in-house entertainment department will make the six 30-minute episodes which will focus on a different film genre each week.
  • Will Perry will host a brand new series on extreme sports for Radio 5 live. It's the station's first dedicated series to high-adrenalin sports and launches on December 6 at 9pm.
  • BBC Wales has been commissioned to make The Game for BBC One, a Cold War spy thriller created by Being Human's Toby Whithouse. The six hour-long episodes, set in the 1970s, will centre on an MI5 investigation into a devastating Soviet plot, revealed by a KGB defector.

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