|Presented by||Julia Zemiro|
|Country of origin||Australia|
|No. of seasons||12|
|No. of episodes||169 (as of 7 July 2014) (List of episodes)|
|Running time||60-90 minutes|
|Production company(s)||Renegade Films|
|Original channel||SBS One|
|Picture format||576i (SDTV)
|Original run||31 January 2005 – present|
RocKwiz is an Australian television quiz show series, focused on rock music and featuring different guest artist musicians who perform live in each episode. The show was co-created by Brian Nankervis, Peter Bain-Hogg and Kenny Connor. It is broadcast on SBS One and premiered in 2005. As of August 2013 it is in its 12th season.
The program previously aired on Saturday at 8:30 pm, but as from 2014, it airs on Monday at 9:30 pm and is hosted by Julia Zemiro. It is shot in The Gershwin Room at St Kilda's Esplanade Hotel, commonly called just The Espy, in Melbourne. The program often includes local lesser-known musicians (predominantly vocalists), alongside more well known Australian and international musicians, often performing live. It has a cult following for its no-frills style. The show features the "RocKwiz Orkestra" which provides musical clues and support for special music guests and participants in the competition segment.
RocKwiz Orkestra comprises:
- James Black (see The Black Sorrows) – guitar, Hammond organ
- Mark Ferrie (former member of Sacred Cowboys and Models) – bass guitar
- Peter "Lucky" Luscombe – drums
The quiz comprises five rounds, and one preliminary round called "Ready Steady RocKwiz" which happens off air to select the contestants for the show. A notable feature of the show is its very casual attitude to the scoring system – a fact Brian once addressed on his introductory segment after apparently receiving some complaints from viewers. A common example of this is the awarding of "bonus points", often done when one team appears to be dominant.
- Ready Steady RocKwiz – Early series of RocKwiz often opened with this pre-recorded segment, however more recently this is all done off air. Brian Nankervis asks questions of several audience members earlier in the evening, to determine four people that will make up the two teams later on in the evening. After the footage has been shown and the guests introduced, Julia Zemiro will usually ask the four guests what the first album they ever bought was, and/or what the first concert they ever went to was. The title of this segment is an allusion to the 1960s British pop music TV show Ready Steady Go!.
- Who Can it Be Now? – This round introduces the show's two musical guest for the evening. Clues are read out in a "Who Am I?" style, and a team buzzes in when they know the answer. Ten points are awarded, and then the guest arrives and performs a song. The first guest announced will join the team that correctly guessed them, then the next guest joins the other team (after also performing a song), although the first team can still answer the question. Julia usually asks the guests about their first concert and/or album bought as well. The title and theme music of this segment comes from the 1981 song "Who Can It Be Now?" by Australian group Men at Work.
- Local and/or General – As the title suggests, this is a general knowledge music quiz section. The title of this segment comes from the song by Australian group Models on their 1981 album of the same name.
- Million Dollar Riff – The RocKwiz Orkestra plays a series of notable riffs and a team buzzes in when they recognise the riff. The riff played as the intro is from AC/DC's "Back In Black". The title of this segment comes from the 1975 song by Australian group Skyhooks.
- Master Blaster – The musical guests are given a number of questions, usually around five, to answer, on a specialist subject they have nominated. The title and theme music of this segment comes from the 1980 song "Master Blaster (Jammin')" by Stevie Wonder.
- Whole Lotta Facts - This segment replaced Master Blaster in Season 11. The musical guests essentially pick a topic and talk (or sometimes sing) on that topic. The riff played as the intro is from "Whole Lotta Love" by Led Zeppelin, which also inspired the segment name.
- Thirty Three and a Third - A new segment for Season 11. Each team has 33 and one third seconds to answer as many questions as they can. The title of the segment comes from the number of revolutions per minute of a vinyl album. There is no intro riff.
- Furious Five – This round involves "five or so" minutes of fast and furious questions to both teams. Usually, the Furious Five does not quite reach the five minute mark. The title of this segment comes from the American group Grandmaster Flash and the Furious Five and the theme music is composed of five 'furious' notes.
To close each show, the musical guests perform a duet, accompanied by the RocKwiz Orkestra. SBS has released a compilation CD & DVD of the best duets.
As of June 2014, the show has had twelve seasons. In addition to the regular episodes, there have been a number of specials and Christmas shows. Episode running times for Seasons 1 & 2 was 26 minutes. Seasons 3 to 10 had a regular running time of 44 minutes. Seasons 11 and 12 have a regular running time of 52 minutes.
- RockWiz Salutes The Bowl was released on DVD in Australia on 21 August 2009
- RocKWiz Duets vol 1-3 DVDs were collected into a box set released on DVD in Australia on 28 May 2010
- The 2010 National Tour highlights were released on DVD in Australia on 29 October 2010
- Season 1 was released on DVD in Australia on 5 October 2011
- Season 2 was released on DVD in Australia on 5 October 2011
- Season 3 was released on DVD in Australia on 30 November 2011
- Season 4 was released on DVD in Australia on 6 June 2012
- Harrison, Penny (23 July 2011). "Inside story: At home with Brian Nankervis". Herald Sun. News Ltd. Retrieved 20 May 2014.
- Leys, Nick (23 April 2012). "Ten questions for Brian Nankervis". The Australia. News Ltd. Retrieved 20 May 2014.
- "DVD Salutes The Bowl". RocKwiz Salutes The Bowl DVD. SBS. Retrieved 6 November 2011.
- "DVD Duets Boxset". RocKwiz Duets DVD. SBS. Retrieved 6 November 2011.
- "DVD 2010 Tour". RocKwiz 2010 National Tour DVD. SBS. Retrieved 6 November 2011.
- "DVD Series 1". RocKwiz Series 1 DVD. SBS. Retrieved 6 November 2011.
- "DVD Series 2". RocKwiz Series 2 DVD. SBS. Retrieved 6 November 2011.
- "DVD Series 3". RocKwiz Series 3 DVD. SBS. Retrieved 8 October 2012.
- "DVD Series 4". RocKwiz Series 3 DVD. SBS. Retrieved 8 October 2012.
- Official website
- RocKwiz at the Internet Movie Database
- Rockwiz at the National Film & Sound Archive
- Tex Perkins and Clare Bowditch on YouTube sing "Fairytale of New York"
- (see also: Spicks and Specks an ABC music quiz show).