Line of Duty's Martin Compston to star in special New Year show

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Martin Compston to star in special New Year showSTV/Jamie Simpson

Line of Duty actor Martin Compston has been announced for a special New Year's TV celebration.

The Scottish actor will be part of STV's (the Scottish equivalent of ITV) Hogmanay show Bringing in the Bells, alongside some of the country's other most famous faces, like Taggart's Alex Norton and Blythe Duff.

Compston's Restless Natives podcast co-host Gordon Smart will be joining him, and joked that the show is being broadcast from the same venue the actor got married in, and unlike the wedding, they are expecting to be able to remember this year's show.

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Duff isn't so sure it'll be a relaxed, sober affair, teasing in a press release that: "There's been a… knees-up!

"What better way to end the year than getting together with wonderful Alex – my friend of 22 years – to look back over 2023 and have a giggle at some of the year’s most interesting and entertaining moments?

"2023 has been a whirlwind for me, as it marked 40 years in the industry, and I also had the joy of releasing my first solo single.

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"The highlight, however, was having the chance to be with the Taggart fans and cast and crew as we celebrated 40 years of the iconic series. It's going to be a pleasure welcoming in a new year with STV viewers – just like the good old days."

Lorraine host Lorraine Kelly will be providing the narration, while STV presenters Sean Batty and Laura Boyd will also be making appearances.

Bringing in the Bells airs on New Year's Eve/Hogmanay from 11.15pm on STV.

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