After seven years, ABC’s beloved music quiz show Spicks and Specks has announced it will fold in November.
The ABC says host Adam Hills, and team captains Myf Warhurst and Alan Brough decided to call it a day.
“I have loved every second of my involvement with Spicks and Specks, and especially working with Alan and Myf. We always said we wanted to leave when we were on top and while we were still having fun, and now feels like the right time,” says Adam Hills.
“We are indebted to our loyal fans for giving us seven amazing years on Australian television, and I hope they’ll hold the memories of Spicks and Specks close to their hearts.”
Myf Warhurst says, “It’s been a wonderful privilege to be part of Spicks and Specks. I’ve worked with an incredible team of people, both on and off screen, and miraculously, managed to keep a job on TV for seven years, on a show that people love.
“I’ve been lucky enough to experience many great things. I’ve seen Frank Woodley’s privates, been naked under a desk with Pete Murray, and met many of my childhood musical crushes. Life can’t get much better than that, so this seems like the perfect time to wind things up.”
Alan Brough added, “For seven years I’ve had a job where I’ve met Gourd Orchestras, Oompah bands and Status Quo. Very few people can say that.”
“I’d rather people were upset because we stopped a little early, than upset because we stayed far too long.”
Across its 277 episodes the show has featured more than 150 special guests and attracted bumper ratings for the ABC, frequently topping some of the offerings of commercial television. The show has also picked up AFI Awards and this year a Logie for Most Outstanding Light Entertainment Program.
With an average weekly audience of 1.35 million viewers it has been among ABC1’s top 10 programs each year from 2006-2010. The panel-based format has also inspired many copycat panel shows, most of which have failed after a few episodes.
Amanda Duthie, ABC TV Head of Arts & Entertainment says, “Spicks and Specks is more than just a quiz show. It’s got joy at its heart, and for that reason it attracts three generations of viewers.
“I think its appeal comes from the mix of funny, friendly and clever people in front and behind the camera, having a good time, and making a show about the thing that touches all of our lives – music.”
Gold Logie nominee Adam Hills is planning another series of Adam Hills in Gordon St Tonight, and the ABC indicates it is discussing seperate projects for Myf Warhurst and Alan Brough.
The show will end with a one-hour finale to screen on Wednesday November 23 at 8.30pm on ABC1.