Tractor Monkeys has just gone into pre-production and will see the return of Merrick Watts, Dave O’Neil and Monty Dimond as the team captains.
Jennifer Collins, head of ABC Entertainment has told Mumbrella, “It’s an exciting way to launch next year. Casting for the new team will begin later this year. We plan to welcome back some of your favourites as well as testing the musical knowledge of some new and surprising guests.”
A new-look Spicks and Specks was originally announced for 2013.
It’s a surprising move by ABC Entertainment given Tractor Monkeys numbers were sometimes dropping below 400,000. Instead of reviving the ABC’s preferred panel format this year, it is returning to one that mimicked it too closely.
The decision sounds like talent availability for Spicks may have precluded its return.