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Siobhan Macdonald

Edith Bowman to host BBC Scotland Hogmanay with special Lewis Capaldi performance

Edith Bowman is set to host BBC Scotland's Hogmanay coverage, alongside a slew of special guests.

Joining the Scots broadcaster to bring in the bells is music sensation Lewis Capaldi, who will be the headlining performer on the night. Joining 48-year-old host are Outlander star Lauren Lyle, Two Doors Down’s Joy McAvoy, sporting heroes Eilish McColgan and Eve Muirhead, and footballer Lyndon Dykes.

There will also be musical performances from rising star Brooke Combe and award-winning Scottish Trad supergroup Mànran.

Edith, who grew up in Fife, hosted the special BBC celebration in 2021 and was delighted to be asked back to bring in the bells one year later. She said: “It is part of your DNA if you are Scottish, it is so iconic. It was a real proper pinch-me moment, when I got the call for the show last year. I never in a million years thought I’d get a chance to do this and to get the chance to do it twice is fantastic.

“I’m really thrilled to get the chance to do it again particularly because this year we will have an audience in the room and of course we have a great line-up of guests.”

Gushing over the Hogmanay headlining act, Edith said: “Lewis Capaldi makes himself more comfortable with an audience by having so much banter with them, which is so lovely and amazing. You can’t beat a live audience when you have music on the go…the energy is terrific.

Discussing the other guests, she added: “And Brooke, I’m so excited for her as an artist, she’s great. And Mànran doing what they do, which is contemporary but also traditional and really beautiful. So even just on the music side of things, it is going to be good – a really great advert for all things Scottish in the world of music.

“And what can I say about our guests? Of course I love Two Doors Down! Everyone watches that show and can relate to a story or a gag in it, so to have Joy McAvoy on is amazing and likewise Lauren is a rising Scottish acting star.

“It is going to be so emotional with this line-up of Scottish sporting heroes. In preparation for the show, I’ve been re-watching that clip of Eilish McColgan and her Commonwealth run, and even now it has me in floods of tears, and also for Lyndon to be on tell us about some of this year’s stand-out moments in Scottish football and to have a hero like Eve Muirhead on is fabulous.

"My parents used to do curling with the Fife Curling Club so my Mum is totally made up that Eve is a guest.”

There will be top class entertainment across the board for the BBC Scotland Hogmanay broadcast, showcasing the very best of Scottish talent. Viewers can look forward to shows like Ooh the Banter with Jack Docherty and Queen of the New Year comedy sketch show led by Greg Hemphill and Robert Florence.

The BBC Scotland channel will have further entertainment with Amy Irons in Not Quite End of Year Show and new comedy Paul Black’s First Footing.

There will be a short introduction with Edith on BBC One Scotland at 9.50pm to show what’s to come in the main Hogmanay 2022 show which will be broadcasted at 11.30pm on BBC One Scotland and the BBC Scotland channel.

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