Last week we said goodbye to ABC’s long-running quiz show, Spicks and Specks.
Adam Hills, Myf Warhurst and Alan Brough called it quits after seven years.
The very first show (pictured, top) aired in January 2005 with Hamish Blake, Eddie Perfect, Ross Wilson and Angie Hart. Since then there have been 277 episodes, more than 150 special guests, and thousands of questions.
Those early days was also when Hills met his current wife, Ali.
TV Tonight was at the wrap party after the final record in July when Hills thanked cast and crew (pictured, below).
“We did it,” he said.
“We created a TV show from scratch, a good TV show from scratch. We kick-started careers. We celebrated Molly Meldrum after Channel Nine did a roast that took the p*ss out of him and left him in tears. We had an episode which at the end Renee Geyer said ‘that’s the roast that Molly should have had.’
“We gave Molly his moment on television in his old studio.
“We did what we said we wanted to do. We had fun and we celebrated Australian music. And in so doing we kind of united people, we brought them together. We created a loved TV show. We won an AFI. We won a friggin’ Logie.
“We never treated it as a job, we just did what we did. It was a dinky little show we made in this studio with amazing people around us. The cast and crew, everyone brought some special stuff to this show. I can’t name everyone, I’m indebted to all of you just for being so supportive and so brilliant at what you do.
“Accidentally, we touched peoples’ lives so thank you for everything that you’ve done for all of us, and we did it.”
Hillsy, and Myf joined with friends to watch The Finale at a hotel in Sydney this week, following the ABC’s 2012 network launch.
It attracted an audience of 1.6 million viewers and is set to become ABC’s highest rated show for the year. It will also be repeated on ABC2 at 7.30pm tonight.
The Spicks and Speck-tacular Tour is currently touring Australia.