G’day Australia, There’s A ‘Spicks & Specks’ Reunion On The Way
Get ready to play Australia, the original cast of ABC’s beloved music quiz show Spicks & Specks is reuniting for a one-off show this November.
Herald Sun TV writer Colin Vickery broke the news on Twitter yesterday afternoon, writing that the Adam Hills, Myf Warhurst, and Alan Brough will come together for a reunion show as part of ABC’s Aus Music Month.
Warhurst and Hills confirmed the news on Twitter short time later:
The word is out. Spicks & Specks reunion here we come… https://t.co/eyiqqRENqF
— Myf Warhurst (@MyfWarhurst) August 26, 2018
Yes! And thanks. https://t.co/oVVxysfRgr
— Adam Hills (@adamhillscomedy) August 26, 2018
To which the only reaction was this:
— ~* Carina *~ (@trvllngjwllr) August 26, 2018
Spicks & Specks hit our screens back in 2005, and while it was originally billed as a local version of BBC quiz show Never Mind The Buzzcocks, the show ended up becoming a quintessentially Australian TV experience.
The show ended its seven-year run at the peak of its popularity in 2011, and such was the enduring love for it that the ABC attempted to revive it with new hosts only three years later. But lightning didn’t strike twice, and the reboot was canned after only 20 episodes.
The November show is only a one-off at this stage — but here’s hoping the ABC considers extending the run.
The news comes just after the ABC shut down our hopes of a Recovery revival. Murmurs of a reboot of the iconic live music show have been bouncing around for years — in 2016 co-host Jane Gazzo revealed that she and fellow co-host Dylan Lewis were “approached” about bringing it back to our screens.
There was a groundswell of optimism earlier this month, when Adelaide band Bad Dreems started a petition earlier this month to get a revival going — but the ABC quickly confirmed to Music Junkee that there are no plans to bring it back.
“We are looking at ways to continue to share content from Recovery, through social media and elsewhere,” said an ABC spokesperson. “More broadly, we have lots of great live music content coming up, as it remains a priority to us.”
“The ABC is focused on new concepts for music on TV and video, such as the recent Splendour In The Grass TV special on Rage and iView, the upcoming triple j One Night Stand on ABC TV, the ongoing success of triple j Like A Version on YouTube and Facebook, and some new live music plans for this year’s Ausmusic Month, which will be announced soon.”