Spicks and Specks (2014 TV series)

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Spicks and Specks
Presented byJosh Earl
StarringElla Hooper
Adam Richard
Country of originAustralia
Original language(s)English
No. of seasons1
No. of episodes20
Running time27 mins.
Original networkABC1
Picture format576i (SDTV)
720p / 1080i (HDTV)
Original release5 February –
19 December 2014
External links
[abc.net.au/tv/programs/spicks-and-specks-2014/ Official website]

Spicks and Specks was an Australian music-themed comedic television quiz show, a revival[1] of the original Spicks and Specks series that was telecast on ABC1 for seven seasons and 277 episodes.[2]

The new show started on Wednesday 5 February 2014.[3][4] It was recorded and produced at the ABC Broadcasting Studios in Elsternwick, Victoria.[4]

On 30 May 2014, ABC programmer Brendan Dahill announced that the show would not be renewed for a second season because it "hasn't resonated with viewers to the degree we had hoped." The show was pulled from the schedule after episode 20 has screened, with the final six shows of the 26 shows recorded airing during late 2014.[5] The reason why this happened was because Josh Earl's second child was born at this point.[6]

Premise of the show[edit]

The show was hosted by stand-up comedian Josh Earl, who posed questions to two teams each headed by permanent team captains, singer/songwriter Ella Hooper and radio presenter/comedian Adam Richard.[4] The overall style of the show is a mix of music and comedy. The revival includes a refreshed format and new games.[7]

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.[1][8] ABC executives were reportedly upset when news of the return of the show in 2014 was prematurely leaked before the intended official announcement.[9]


  1. ^ a b "ABC's Spicks and Specks returns minus Adam Hills and Myf Warhurst". News Ltd. 29 November 2012. Retrieved 1 January 2014.
  2. ^ "It's the end for Spicks and Specks". The Age. 25 May 2011. Retrieved 1 January 2014.
  3. ^ Byrnes, Holly (13 January 2014). "New love for old Spicks and Specks". Herald Sun. Retrieved 13 January 2014.
  4. ^ a b c "Spicks and Specks". ABC TV. 2013. Retrieved 1 January 2014.
  5. ^ Knox, David (30 May 2014). "ABC to yank Spicks & Specks from schedule". TV Tonight. TV Tonight. Retrieved 30 May 2014.
  6. ^ "Fitbet with Dilruk Jayasinha and Ben Lomas - Bicep Jearl" (Podcast). Omny. 13 May 2018. Event occurs at 10:15. Retrieved 15 May 2018.
  7. ^ Knox, David (10 November 2013). "New Spicks and Specks team tipped". TV Tonight. Retrieved 1 January 2014.
  8. ^ "ABC TV in 2013… Amazing!". ABC Media Centre. 29 November 2012. Retrieved 1 January 2014.
  9. ^ Ellis, Scott (11 November 2013). "Spicks and Specks is back". The Sydney Morning Herald. Retrieved 1 January 2014.

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