Spicks and Specks (2014 TV series)

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For the original version of this show, see Spicks and Specks (TV series).
Spicks and Specks
Format Quiz show
Presented by Josh Earl
Starring Ella Hooper
Adam Richard
Country of origin Australia
Original language(s) English
No. of seasons 1
No. of episodes 22 (as of 2 July 2014)[1]
Running time 27 mins.
Original channel ABC1
Picture format 576i (SDTV)
720p / 1080i (HDTV)
Original run 5 February 2014 – 15 September 2014 (Final 6 Episodes)
External links
Official website

Spicks and Specks (2014 version) is an Australian music-themed comedic television quiz show, a revival[2] of the original Spicks and Specks series that was telecast on ABC1 for seven seasons and 277 episodes.[3]

The new show started on Wednesday 5 February 2014.[4][5] It was recorded and produced at the ABC Broadcasting Studios in Elsternwick, Victoria.[5]

On 30 May 2014, ABC programmer Brendan Dahill announced that the show would not be renewed for a second series because it "hasn't resonated with viewers to the degree we had hoped." The show is to be pulled from the schedule after episode 20 has screened, with the final six shows of the 26 shows recorded, to be aired later in 2014.[1]

Premise of the show[edit]

The show is hosted by stand-up comedian Josh Earl, who poses questions to two teams each headed by permanent team captains, singer/songwriter Ella Hooper and radio presenter/comedian Adam Richard.[5] The overall style of the show is a mix of music and comedy. The revival includes a refreshed format and new games.[6]

Delayed relaunch[edit]

The revival of the show was originally announced in November 2012, during the ABC 2013 program launch but the network decided to delay the relaunch until 2014.[2][7] ABC executives were reportedly upset when news of the return of the show in 2014 was prematurely leaked before the intended official announcement.[8]

Production studio[edit]

The show was filmed at ABC Studios in Elsternwick, Victoria which are rented by ABV-2.

With ABC's Elsternwick Studios in Ripponlea until 2016, the new home is now at ABC Melbourne studios in Southbank, Victoria in 2017. With the move from Ripponlea also comes a move from ABC as the broadcast provider. It is recorded in front of a live audience of many more people.


  1. ^ a b Knox, David (30 May 2014). "ABC to yank Spicks & Specks from schedule". TV Tonight. TV Tonight. Retrieved 30 May 2014. 
  2. ^ a b "ABC's Spicks and Specks returns minus Adam Hills and Myf Warhurst". News Ltd. 29 November 2012. Retrieved 1 January 2014. 
  3. ^ "It's the end for Spicks and Specks". The Age. 25 May 2011. Retrieved 1 January 2014. 
  4. ^ Byrnes, Holly (13 January 2014). "New love for old Spicks and Specks". Herald Sun. Retrieved 13 January 2014. 
  5. ^ a b c "Spicks and Specks". ABC TV. 2013. Retrieved 1 January 2014. 
  6. ^ Knox, David (10 November 2013). "New Spicks and Specks team tipped". TV Tonight. Retrieved 1 January 2014. 
  7. ^ "ABC TV in 2013… Amazing!". ABC Media Centre. 29 November 2012. Retrieved 1 January 2014. 
  8. ^ Ellis, Scott (11 November 2013). "Spicks and Specks is back". The Sydney Morning Herald. Retrieved 1 January 2014. 

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