Spicks and Specks (TV series)
|Spicks and Specks|
|Presented by||Adam Hills|
|Country of origin||Australia|
|No. of seasons||7|
|No. of episodes||277|
|Running time||27 mins.|
(some special episodes ran for 58 mins.)
|Picture format||576i (SDTV)|
|Original release||31 January 2005 –|
23 November 2011
Spicks and Specks is an Australian music-themed comedic television quiz show. It aired on ABC1 at 8:30 on Wednesday nights, with the show repeated on Thursdays on ABC2 at 8pm. The previous year's season was repeated every Friday at 2:30 pm on ABC1. Repeats of the show screen nightly at 7:30 and 8:00 weeknights on ABC Comedy. It was filmed at ABC Melbourne's studios in Gordon Street, Elsternwick. The program has won three Logie Awards and numerous nominations. In August 2019, it was announced that the series will return with the original hosts for a four-episode reboot in November 2019 and continuing in 2020.
The show takes its name from the 1966 hit single by the Bee Gees. It was hosted by stand-up comedian Adam Hills who posed questions to two teams each headed by a permanent team captain, actor/comedian/author Alan Brough and radio announcer Myf Warhurst. They each have two guest panellists, generally one from the world of music and one from comedy. They vary from week to week, but regular guests included Hamish Blake, Tim Minchin, Frank Woodley, Colin Lane, Ross Noble, James Morrison, Renée Geyer, Ella Hooper, Meshel Laurie, Denise Scott, Antoinette Halloran and Dave O'Neil. With the exception of Dave O'Neil, Blake appeared more often than any other guest panellist, and his comparative lack of musical knowledge was a running gag.
The show's general style, employing a mix of music and comedy, is similar to the British show Never Mind the Buzzcocks and fellow Australian TV show RocKwiz, but the question formats and program style (Satirical vs. Family vs. Pub Quiz) are different.
The show returned for a seventh season on 4 May 2011. On 25 May 2011, it was announced the seventh season would be the final season and the show would end on 23 November 2011.
ABC Television announced on 28 November 2012, during their 2013 program launch that Spicks and Specks would be returning in the new year but without Hills, Warhurst or Brough. However the re-launch of the series was delayed by the broadcaster until 2014, with the first episode airing on 5 February. The new host was comedian Josh Earl with Adam Richard and Ella Hooper as team captains.
The revival was axed after 20 episodes due to low ratings, with the final six recorded episodes airing over the summer non-ratings period.
The show sticks to a simple quiz-show format, with host Hills asking the teams varying music-themed questions. Some rounds are played on an "open-to-all" basis, i.e. both teams can answer the questions, but in most rounds each team gets their own questions to answer – although the other team may answer the question if the first team doesn't know it. Scores are kept, but the prize for the winners is simply personal satisfaction. Many segments are named after, or otherwise reference, well known song titles. Regular segments include:
- Know Your Product, where each team chooses one of four given topics – three questions around this topic are then asked which either team can answer. The questions are usually ordered by points allocated and the number of answers needed. (e.g. first question is worth one point, but only one answer is needed, the second question is worth two points and requires two answers, and the final question is worth three points and has three answers). This game is played first in every episode. In special episodes the topic is the show's theme which has 5 questions of which the 4th & 5th questions have 4 & 5 answers respectively. Named after the song by The Saints.
- Substitute, where one panellist from each team sings three well-known tunes, substituting words from a text provided by Hills. This is usually a technical manual or some kind of text humorous given the context (texts used have included Datsun 180B Service Manual, 2004 Australian Government Tax Pack and A Guide to Yabbie Farming). The other panellists of that team then guess the songs. This game is loosely based on One Song To The Tune Of Another from the BBC Radio 4 panel game I'm Sorry I Haven't a Clue and Adam Hills' own minor hit with "Working Class Anthem", in which he sang the lyrics of the Australian National Anthem to the tune of Jimmy Barnes' "Working Class Man". Named after the song by The Who.
- Cover Versions in which one contestant is chosen to draw pictures (in silence), representing firstly album covers and then song titles in later episodes, as their panel attempts to guess which album/song it is. Contestants are not allowed to use words or numbers. Music used during this round is Axel F.
- Samplemania/Videomania, where five or six songs/music video clips are edited into one short 30-second clip. Players must identify the different songs/videos in the clip after they have all been played, and are not allowed to take notes.
- Turning Japanese in which the lyrics of well-known song are translated into Japanese using an online web translator. The lyrics are then translated back into English using the same translator. Contestants must guess the title of the song the mismatched lyrics are from. Named after the song by The Vapors
- Please Please Tell Me Now Hills presents part of a music video clip, and the teams must answer questions about the video. Named after a line in Is There Something I Should Know? by Duran Duran
- Musician or Serial Killer, in which each team is shown a photograph of a person and is asked to identify whether they are a musician or serial killer. Early episodes tasked individual panelists with identification, resulting in six rounds of this game.
- Sir Mix'n'Matchalot, where each team is given three famous people and three facts about each of these people. They have to match the fact with the correct person. A play on rapper Sir Mix-a-Lot.
- Bottom 100 in which Hills provides each team with a choice of two awful songs and asks them to determine which was rated worst by a given group or list. A play on the Triple J Hottest 100.
- You Can Buy Me Love in which Adam reads out three celebrity themed items that have been found on eBay (e.g. A tour jacket, keychain with artist/band name). Some of these items are the usual merchandise, while others are down-right weird. The teams are then asked to place each item in order from cheapest to the most expensive. Named after the song Can't Buy Me Love by The Beatles.
- Common People in which the teams identify the commonality between three musicians/musical personalities or songs/albums. Named after the song by Pulp.
- Malvern Stars on 45 in which a single contestant rides a bicycle which powers a record player. The speed each record plays at is determined by the speed at which the contestant pedals. The contestant must continue to ride until their panel correctly guesses as many songs as possible in the time limit. Named after the bicycle manufacturer Malvern Star and the band Stars on 45.
- Mondegreens, in which teams are given a short piece of text that vaguely sounds like real lyrics or a set of lyrics. They must then identify the real lyrics.
- Looking for Clues, where teams have to guess the name of a band from a cryptic clue given by Hills. Named after the song by Robert Palmer.
- Look What They've Done... where song clips have been changed and the players must identify the tracks. Most commonly, a guest artist or group is used to play the tracks in a different style from the original, however the songs have also been played backwards, which later became its own game (Step Back In Time), through headphones played to maximum volume, through ringtones, over the top of each other, on a malfunctioning radio, etc. Named after the song What Have They Done to My Song Ma by Melanie Safka.
- Something's Missing, where the teams are shown album covers with an item or word blanked out, and they must identify the missing item. Named after the song Something's Missing (In My Life) by Paul Jabara and Donna Summer.
- One out of Three Ain't Bad, where teams are given a relatively obscure musical story and are presented with three possible endings. Teams must select the true ending to the story. Named after the song Two Out of Three Ain't Bad by Meat Loaf.
- Word Up, in which teams are given five random words from the lyrics of a song, and they must then identify the song. Named after the song by Cameo.
- You're The Voices, where a member of each team must stand next to the opposite team and sing a song from a book (by only singing la la la). The first team to get their member's song correct wins a point. Named after the song You're the Voice by John Farnham.
- All Shook Up, in which each team is shown a series of anagrams of musicians' names (e.g. "Bomb Early" – "Bob Marley"), and they have to unscramble the anagram. If nobody guesses the anagram immediately, Hills will give a clue. Named after the song by Elvis Presley.
- Two Little Words, where one member of each team is blind-folded by wearing the Spicks Specs and the others are given the name of a musician or band. The two other team members must get their teammate to guess correctly which musician they are given using only one one-word clue each. Named after the song Three Little Words by The Rhythm Boys.
- Counting the Beat, where one member of each team plays songs on a keyboard while the others try to guess the song. Keyboardists are given a list of numbers corresponding to the order in which they should play the notes, but are given no indication of the rhythm in which they should be played. Introduced in 2008. Named after the song by The Swingers.
- I'll Jumble For Ya, where one team member is given thirty seconds to correctly match nine song titles divided in half and mixed up on a magnetic board. Named after the song I'll Tumble 4 Ya by Culture Club.
- Step Back in Time, where songs are played backwards and must be identified by the teams. Named after the song by Kylie Minogue.
- What's The Story?, where the team presented three stories of an opposing team member, with each story either true, half true and untrue, their job is work out which one is true, half true and untrue. Named after the album (What's the Story) Morning Glory? by Oasis.
The final round of each program, The Final Countdown, is devoted to a generic musical quiz. This is a beat the buzzer round, and is the only round in which points are deducted for incorrect responses. Named after the song by Europe.
Many of these rounds have proven more popular than others. Substitute was used consistently throughout the early history of the show appearing in almost every episode (although later in the programs run was sometimes excluded in favour of Cover Versions occasionally), whereas some were only used every now and then and others used much less. Some other segments which proved to be popular early in the show's history but have been used less or even abandoned later : Musician or Serial Killer and Bottom 100 were both commonly used early in 2005, but are rarely later. Some games were also introduced later in the series, and occasionally a game will be temporarily changed in some way (e.g. Musician Or Serial Killer was changed once to ARIA winner or Audience Member on the ARIA special episode).
Despite points being awarded for each round, there are no prizes for the winners, except on rare occasions where Hills decides to award some convenient prop for comedic effect – a "Fools' Gold" sandwich very similar (they used strawberry jam as opposed to grape jam) to that eaten by Elvis, for example.
Series 1 (2005)
- Episode 1 (9th February 2005): Eddie Perfect, Ross Noble, Angie Hart, Hamish Blake
- Episode 2 (16th February 2005): Dinah Lee, Ross Noble, Cal Wilson, Kram
- Episode 3 (23rd February 2005): Katie Underwood, Jim Keays, Scott Edgar, Hamish Blake
- Episode 4 (2nd March 2005): Beccy Cole, Greedy Smith, Simon Tedeschi, Scott Edgar
- Episode 5 (9th March 2005): Toni Lamond, Terri Psiakis, Murray Cook, Andy Lee
- Episode 6 (16th March 2005): Emma Pask, Barry Crocker, Cal Wilson, Jeff Green
- Episode 7 (23rd March 2005): Geraldine Turner, Lucky Oceans, Bill Bailey, Frank Woodley
- Episode 8 (30th March 2005): David Hirschfelder, Loene Carmen, Ross Noble, Terri Psiakis
- Episode 9 (6th April 2005): Ella Hooper, James Morrison, Colin Lane, Scott Edgar
- Episode 10 (13th April 2005): Slava Grigoryan, Ross Noble, Scott Edgar, Brian Cadd
- Episode 11 (20th April 2005): Angry Anderson, Kitty Flanagan, Rich Hall, David Hobson
- Episode 12 (27th April 2005): Hamish Blake, Toni Lamond, Brian Mannix, David McCormack
- Episode 13 (4th May 2005): Deni Hines, Mick Thomas, Pete Smith, Hamish Blake
- Episode 14 (11th May 2005): Beccy Cole, Earl Okin, Frankie J. Holden, Andy Lee
- Episode 15 (18th May 2005): Wendy Harmer, Richard Clapton, Guy Sebastian, David O'Doherty
- Episode 16 (25th May 2005): Diana Doherty, Paul Capsis, Renée Geyer, Colin Lane
- Episode 17 (1st June 2005): Alice McNamara, Rusty Berther, John Paul Young, Wendy Harmer
- Episode 18 (8th June 2005): Denise Scott, Todd McKenney, Greedy Smith, Hamish Blake
- Episode 19 (15th June 2005): Ali McGregor, Scott Brennan, Paul Mac, Greg Fleet
- Episode 20 (22nd June 2005): Ella Hooper, Andy Lee, Frank Woodley, Jud Arthur
- Episode 21 (29th June 2005): Rob Guest, Colin Lane, Reg Mombassa, Emily Taheny
- Episode 22 (6th July 2005): Chris Cheney, Guy Noble, Dave O'Neil, Cal Wilson
- Episode 23 (13th July 2005): Jimmy Barnes, Shane Bourne, Scott Edgar, Maya Jupiter
- Episode 24 (20th July 2005): Rusty Berther, Hamish Blake, Renée Geyer, Normie Rowe
- Episode 25 (27th July 2005): Brooke Fraser, James Morrison, Adam Rozenbachs, Frank Woodley
- Episode 26 (3rd August 2005): Richard Gill, Cal Wilson, Liam Finn, Greg Fleet
- Episode 27 (10th August 2005): Ali McGregor, Courtney Murphy, Carlotta, Hamish Blake
Series 2 (2006)
- Episode 1 (15th February 2006): Kate DeAraugo, Adam Richard, Peter Brocklehurst, Dave O'Neil
- Episode 2 (22nd February 2006): Kate Miller-Heidke, Ross Noble, Tony Sheldon, Hamish Blake
- Episode 3 (1st March 2006): Eddie Perfect, Fiona O'Loughlin, Richard Gill, Toby Allen
- Episode 4 (8th March 2006): Ross Noble, Ali McGregor, Danny Bhoy, Alex Lloyd
- Episode 5 (15th March 2006): Christine Anu, Billy Field, Denise Scott, Adam Richard
- Episode 6 (22nd March 2006): Toni Lamond, Peter Helliar, Colin Lane, Adam Rozenbachs
- Episode 7 (29th March 2006): Ella Hooper, Grahame Bond, Les Gock, Meshel Laurie
Series 3 (2007)
- Episode 1 (14th February 2007): Nancye Hayes, Jonathan Biggins, Dann Hume, Dave O'Neil
- Episode 2 (21th February 2007): Sarah Blasko, Brian Ritchie, Frank Woodley, Hamish Blake
- Episode 3 (28th February 2007): Damien Leith, Andrew McClelland, Fernando Saunders, Meshel Laurie
- Episode 4 (7th March 2007): Lisa Kekaula, Terri Psiakis, Guy Noble, Hamish Blake
- Episode 5 (14th March 2007): "Weird Al" Yankovic, Ari Up, Peter Helliar, Dave O'Neil
- Episode 6 (21st March 2007): Gerry Buckley, Geneviève Lemon, Josh Lawson, Frank Woodley
Series 4 (2008)
- Episode 1 (6th February 2008): Guy Pratt, Guy Sebastian, Cal Wilson, Dave O'Neil
- Episode 2 (13th February 2008): Jade MacRae, David McAllister, Denise Scott, Hamish Blake
Series 5 (2009)
- Episode 1 (4th February 2009): Rebecca Barnard, Felicity Ward, Dave O'Neil, Guy Pearce
- Episode 2 (11th February 2009): Antoinette Halloran, Meshel Laurie, Heath Franklin, Bruce Woodley
- Episode 3 (18th February 2009): Georgie Parker, Stephen Curry, Allan Zavod, Hamish Blake
- Episode 4 (25th February 2009): Sharon Jones, David Bridie, Tommy Dean, Amanda Keller
- Episode 5 (4th March 2009): John Wood, Denise Scott, Max Sharam, Danny Buoy
- Episode 6 (11th March 2009): Renée Geyer, Jesse Griffin, Chris Cheney, Meshel Laurie
- Episode 7 (18th March 2009): Pete Murray, Rhys Darby, Celia Pacquola, Kim Walker
- Episode 8 (25th March 2009): Tina Arena, Bob Evans, Tim Minchin, Dave Hughes
- Episode 9 (1st April 2009): Katarina Kroslakova, Luka Bloom, Adam Rozenbachs, Peter Helliar
- Episode 10 (8th April 2009): Guy Garvey, John Moloney, Seasick Steve, Nina Conti
- Episode 11 (15th April 2009): Jade MacRae, Steve Coogan, Suggs, Stephen K. Amos
- Episode 12 (22nd April 2009): Pete Smith, Kram, Gina Riley, Rusty Berther
- Episode 13 (29th April 2009): Taryn Fiebig, Meshel Laurie, Dave Hughes, Guy Pratt
- Episode 14 (6th May 2009): Kate Miller-Heidke, Michael Keat, Bart Willoughby, Hamish Blake
- Episode 15 (13th May 2009): Katarina Kroslakova, Scott Edgar, Speech, Judith Lucy
- Episode 16 (20th May 2009): Silvie Paladino, Shane Jacobson, Chris Bailey, Dave O'Neil
- Episode 17 (27th May 2009): Sophie Koh, Mark Trevorrow, Ross Wilson, Cal Wilson
- Episode 18 (3rd June 2009): Amanda Keller, Frank Woodley, Kaki King, Michael Smallwood
- Episode 19 (10th June 2009): Toni Lamond, Pete Smith, Frankie J. Holden, Hamish Blake
- Episode 20 (17th June 2009): Shelley Harland, Mike Wilmot, Iain Hewitson, Janeane Garofalo
- Episode 21 (24th June 2009): Brett Kelly, Denise Scott, Paris Wells, Dave Hughes
Series 6 (2010)
- Episode 1 (3rd February 2010): Sarah Blasko, Hamish Blake, Dave Faulkner, Cal Wilson
- Episode 2 (10th February 2010): Mihirangi, Richard Gill, Denise Scott, Kitty Flanagan
- Episode 3 (17th February 2010): Missy Higgins, Dan Sultan, Ernie Dingo, Magda Szubanski
- Episode 4 (24th February 2010): Florence Welsh, Scott Carne, Dave Callan, Meshel Laurie
- Episode 5 (3rd March 2010): Neko Case, Rusty Berther, Carl Cox, Dave O'Neil
- Episode 6 (10th March 2010): Antoinette Halloran, Jason Cook, J. Macsis, Colin Lane
- Episode 7 (17th March 2010): Patti Newton, Eddie Ifit, Chris Durling, Fiona O'Loughlin
- Episode 8 (24th March 2010): Colette Mann, Cal Wilson, Paul Dempsey, Tony Martin
- Episode 9 (31st March 2010): Mama Kin, Tommy Dean, Ian Moss, Denise Scott
- Episode 10 (7th April 2010): Amanda Palmer, Scott Edgar, Joe Chindamo, Phil Nichol
- Episode 11 (14th April 2010): Lara Mulcahy, Rich Fulcher, Doc Neeson, Meshel Laurie
Series 7 (2011)
- Episode 1 - Comedy Special (4th May 2011): Kitty Flanagan, Doc Brown, David O'Doherty, Stephen K. Amos, Adam Rozenbachs, Sammy J, Denise Drysdale, Tom Ballard, Greg Fleet, Felicity Ward, Dave O'Neil, Dave Callan, Peter Helliar, Mike Taylor
A Very Specky Christmas
Since 2005, an annual hour-long Christmas episode, entitled "A Very Specky Christmas" or variations thereof, has been screened on the Sunday night before Christmas. All questions are either about Christmas songs, or music from the previous year. While these episodes remain true to the standard format with three members on each team, adaptions are made to allow more guest stars to appear. Additional or notably different games have included:
- Mistletoss, a physical challenge in which the teams are required to throw Christmas presents into a goal in a given time limit. In 2005, the teams threw CDs into the chimney of a model house; in 2006, wrapped gifts were thrown into celebrities' Christmas stockings of different sizes; in 2007, wrapped gifts were thrown through the windows of a "rehab clinic" with a guard out the front, Frank Woodley.
- Sir Mix'n'Matchalot is adapted so that three additional celebrities appear and are arbitrarily given Christmas presents by the show. The panel then asks questions and attempts to allocate the presents.
- Substitute is adapted so that trained choirs sing the tunes of Christmas songs with the words from famous quotes and works from the past year, such as controversial pieces of legislation, political speeches, or pop culture.
As the last episode of each year, Spicks and Specks reflects back on all the highlights, lowlights and memorable guests throughout the year.
On 30 May 2007, Spicks and Specks celebrated its 100th episode. Instead of the show being divided into rounds, teams were asked 100 questions – one from each of the previous 99 episodes, and one new question, "What is the last question on our 100th episode?" which was correctly answered: "What is the last question on our 100th episode." by Antoinette Halloran. Alan Brough's team was victorious although it did come down to the very last question.
Behind the scenes
This was the first episode of Spicks and Specks where the game is not played at all. Instead, this behind the scenes special hosted by regular contestant Hamish Blake took a tour through the studios and dressing rooms of the ABC studios in Elsternwick and conducting interviews with show personnel.
The show was filmed at ABC Studios in Elsternwick, Victoria, which are rented by ABV-2
With ABC Studios in Ripponlea getting ready to shut down, new home is now at ABC Melbourne studios in Southbank, Victoria. 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 500 people.
On 9 September 2009, Spicks and Specks celebrated its 200th episode. The show had a number of members from the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra behind the hosts, who performed the show's many musical questions including the theme song "Spicks and Specks" by the Bee Gees. The episode also included returning guests Ella Hooper, Hamish Blake, Paul Grabowsky and Meshel Laurie. The questions covered 200 years of music from 1809 to 2009.
Final episode of original series
A one-hour special, called "The Finale", was the final episode of the original series of Spicks and Specks and went to air on 23 November 2011. There was a change to the list of guests: various guests rotated during different rounds of the show. All of the credited guest appearances on the show were Ella Hooper, Geoffrey Rush, Scott Edgar, Dave O'Neil, Rhonda Burchmore, Adam Richard, Darren Hayes, Brian Cadd, Brian Mannix, Felicity Ward, Amanda Keller, Jimeoin, Tommy Dean, Shane Bourne, Dan Sultan, Richard Gill, Antoinette Halloran, Denise Scott, Peter Helliar, Barry Morgan, Megan Washington, Damian Callinan, Hamish Blake and Andy Lee (who were in New York at the time of filming for their Hamish and Andy's Gap Year).
Special episodes have been compiled for various seasonal or arbitrary themes, including:
- Halloween (dubbed Spicks and Spooks)
- ARIA Hall of Fame inductees
- Children's music
- Music from films (dubbed Spicks and Flicks)
- Mother's Day
- Australia vs New Zealand
- Britannia Special
- Australiana Special
- Americana Special
- Europa Special
- Comedy Special
- AusMusic Special
- 1990s Special
- 2000s Special
In each case, questions are written, and some games are changed slightly or new games invented, to suit the theme.
2018 one-off reunion special
On 27 August 2018, it was announced that the show would return for a one-off hour-long special as part of the ABC's "Ausmusic" month. Confirmed as panellists were award-winning rapper Adam Briggs, singer/songwriter Ricki-Lee Coulter and comedians Frank Woodley and Denise Scott, plus a line-up of famous guests to lend their musical talents and knowledge.
The one-hour special aired on 4 November, with a repeat airing on ABC Comedy on 10 November. Guests included Adalita, Vika and Linda Bull, Troy Cassar-Daley, Kate Ceberano, Murray Cook, Paul Dempsey, Antoinette Halloran, Guido Hatzis, Kram, Angie Hart, Kate Miller-Heidke, Lindsay McDougall, Luke McGregor, Russell Morris, Montaigne, Pseudo Echo, Josh Pyke, Ruel, Eskimo Joe's Kav Temperley, Tripod, Cal Wilson, Ross Wilson. The show was dedicated to long time regular guest Richard Gill, who had died a week before the special went to air. It ranked #1 nationally with 1.36 million viewers.
2019 special and reboot
In August 2019, it was announced that the show with the original lineup would return for a one-off special in November 2019, followed by a short three-episode reboot airing in 2020. The episodes will feature original host Adam Hills and team captains Alan Brough and Myf Warhurst, with each episode focusing on a specific generation of music.
Theme and titles
The show takes both its name and theme music from the Bee Gees' 1966 song, "Spicks and Specks". The theme music is performed and produced by The Dissociatives, a duo consisting of Silverchair singer Daniel Johns and dance musician Paul Mac, and replaces all the lyrics bar the title refrain with scat singing. In addition, Mac once appeared on the show as a panellist.
In 2007 during the Kid's Music Special, the question "What children's song is contained in the song Down Under?" was asked. This question resulted in Larrikin Music taking legal action against Men at Work songwriters Colin Hay and Ron Strykert. The lawsuit was over the main flute riff that accompanies the line from children's nursery rhyme Kookaburra which Larrikin Music alleged was reproduced in the Men at Work song Down Under. The lawsuit ruled in favour of Larrikin Music.
- In 2007, the first Spicks and Specks product was launched, the Spicks and Specks Interactive Quiz DVD.
- In 2008, the Spicks and Specks Boardgame was released.
- A Very Specky Christmas was released on 4 December 2008; it contains the 2007 and 2006 Christmas Specials.
- In 2009, the DVD Up to our Eras was released. It contained the 50s special, the 60s special, the 70s special and the 80s special.
- Spicks and Specks: The Remixes was released on 5 August 2010 containing 4 episodes that were uncut and uncensored.
- Spicks & Specks: World Tour was released on 4 November 2010, containing the Australiana, Britannia, Americana and Europa specials, and is said to have unseen footage.
- The Spicks and Specks Boxset was released on 1 April 2015, the 4-DVD set contains: The Remixes, World Tour, The Finale and the Pick of Spicks.
In 2011 Spicks and Specks Quiz, an app for iPhones, was released. Users are given two play options, Quick Play or Quiz Challenge, with various games taken from the show. There are a number of top-up Quiz Packs to extend the game. On its initial release, the name of the app was automatically censored by Apple to 'S****s and Specks' because of the racist use of the word 'spick' in the US to describe a person of Hispanic heritage.
|2012||Logie Awards||Logie Most Outstanding Light Entertainment Program||Won|
|2012||Logie Awards||Logie Most Popular Light Entertainment Program||Nominated|
|2012||Logie Awards||Silver Logie Most Popular Presenter Adam Hills||Won|
|2011||Logie Awards||Logie Most Outstanding Light Entertainment Program||Won|
|2011||Logie Awards||Silver Logie Most Popular Presenter Adam Hills||Nominated|
|2010||Logie Awards||Logie Most Popular Light Entertainment Program||Nominated|
|2010||Logie Awards||Silver Logie Most Popular Presenter Adam Hills||Nominated|
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|2009||Logie Awards||Silver Logie Most Popular Presenter Adam Hills||Nominated|
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|2008||Logie Awards||Silver Logie Most Popular Presenter Adam Hills||Nominated|
|2007||Logie Awards||Logie Most Outstanding Comedy Program||Nominated|
|2007||AACTA Awards||Best Light Entertainment Television Series||Nominated|
|2006||Logie Awards||Graham Kennedy Award for Most Outstanding New Talent Adam Hills||Nominated|
|2006||AACTA Awards||Best Light Entertainment Television Series||Nominated|
|2006||Logie Awards||Logie Most Popular Light Entertainment/Comedy Program||Nominated|
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