ABC Television have today announced the end of the music quiz show Spicks & Specks. With over 250 episodes produced over the past seven years, the show has had a solid run. While I tired of the show after a year or two (I simply favored the grungier SBS series Rockwiz), it was never bad TV.

The writing on the wall for Spicks & Specks was clear when Adam Hills in Gordon St Tonight launched. It was clear that Hills had itchy feet and was keen to explore other opportunities. With Hills, Alan Brough, and Myf Warhurst seemingly all doing the show on autopilot, changes on the show were likely. It’s nice to see the show go out while still popular.

While it’s unlikely that Rockwiz will continue for that much longer, it’ll be interesting to see whether SBS capitalize on the fact it now has the only music quiz show on TV. I suspect each show has different types of audience, but there’s certainly an opportunity to generate some buzz in the absence of Specks.

Released: 1pm, Wednesday May 25, 2011

After seven years, 277 episodes, more than 150 special guests, and thousands of questions, Australia’s favourite music quiz show Spicks and Specks will come to an end in 2011, as host Adam Hills, and team captains Myf Warhurst and Alan Brough decide 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.”

Spicks and Specks attracts an average weekly audience of 1.35 million viewers*, and has been among ABC1’s top 10 programs, based on series averages, each year from 2006-2010.

Spicks and Specks has also won industry praise being awarded the AFI Award for Best Light Entertainment Television Series (2009), and the Silver Logie for Most Outstanding Light Entertainment Program (2011).

“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, says Amanda Duthie, ABC TV Head of Arts & Entertainment.

“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.”

Reflecting on their experience on the show 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 says, “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, he says.

However, this won’t be the last you’ll see of the team. Adam Hills is planning another series of Adam Hills in Gordon St Tonight, while discussions continue with Myf Warhurst and Alan Brough about their own separate projects for ABC TV in 2012.  

The final series of Spicks and Specks comes to an end with a one-hour finale to screen on Wednesday November 23 at 8.30pm on ABC1.

* 2010 series, ABC1 & ABC2 combined, OzTam data