New Year’s Eve music telly has traditionally been dominated by chirpy ivory-tickler Jools Holland and his pre-recorded ‘Hootenanny’. Despite being an institution, it’s long had an unfortunate air of exclusivity about it – as Jools’s super best-mates like Rowland Rivron and Ade Edmondson sip champagne and enjoy Rod Stewart while you sit at home and simply gawp. By contrast, Channel 4’s night of DJs playing direct into your living room, ‘House Party’ (11.50-6.00am C4), barely features an audience at all – save for the team of social networkers sitting next to the decks who are there to (at least try to) make you feel as included as possible. After an impressive first outing of this format during the August bank holiday, we’re pleased to see another big list of names going through until the small hours – including UK bass tastemakers Annie Mac and Toddla T, house music legend Frankie Knuckles and NYC disco crew Hercules & Love Affair. Beats, bass and not a boogie-woogie piano solo in sight. Oliver Keens
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