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The Canberra Times | In The City Magazine | SUMMER
fter seven years of gracing our television
screens every Wednesday night, the cast from
Spicks and Specks are heading all over the
nation to say goodbye in person to their legion
The Spicks and Speck-tacular tour is a chance for
fans of the television show to catch one last glimpse of
Adam Hills, Myf Warhurst and Alan Brough in action
together as, unlike John Farnham’s, this farewell tour
is a one-off.
Brough said while the outpouring of grief from fans
has been touching, there has been no change of heart
on the decision to cease the show.
“It was important to end the show while everyone
was still enjoying it, most of all the audience,” he said.
“When we talked about it this year we all felt it was
the right time and it would be good to finish on a high,
instead of hanging around for a year too long.
“So far everyone has said they are disappointed we
are finishing but they understand why.
“One man I remember said to me it was all right
the show was finishing because it meant it wasn’t
going to be shit; that too many of his favourite shows
went for too long and were crap at the end. That’s
been the tenor, if not the vocabulary, of most people’s
Brough said no one knew whether or not the show
would be successful when it first went to air in 2005.
“I remember I got a call from Anthony Watt (the
show’s founding producer) who said would I be
interested in being on a music program and I said yes
as I didn’t have a job at the time,” he said.
“I had no idea what it was and after the first
meeting all I knew was Adam would be hosting the
show and there would be games and a desk.
“We just went about the show in a spirit of fun and
had a good time. I don’t think anyone had any idea of
how well it would work.”
The show has been one of ABC’s top rating shows
for the past seven years, consistently drawing more
than one million viewers each week.
Brough said it was tough to nail down what made
the show special for so many people.
“Music on a whole is a wonderful unifying force;
you can go to a wedding where a band is playing
some awful cover songs and everyone will still be up
dancing and having a great time together,” he said.
“And there was an old fashionedness and daginess
about the show that people really liked; there’s not a
lot on television that is like it.
“Also, we are having a good time on the show and I
think that comes across to the audience.
“So maybe it was those reasons or maybe it’s just
that ABC was planting subliminal messages in the
program to get people to watch each week.”
He said it was difficult to single out a particular
highlight from the show as “in the 270-odd episodes
that went by, there was a wonderful thing that
happened in each of them”.
While the final episode has aired, the finale tour
continues to roll on and includes a visit to Canberra in
Brough said the shows were unscripted and
people could expect laughs, live music, appalling
choreography and a lot of audience participation.
“The shows are big, they live up to the spectacular
part of the name and the best part is the audience gets
to play,” he said.
“People have kept telling us they wished they could
be a part of the show, and this is their opportunity.
“There are eight contestants that are picked using
very specific criteria that we’ll make up on the night
and they get to play the games. It’s all good fun.”
And while Hills and Warhurst have television
projects in the works for 2012, Brough was unsure
what he would do post-Spicks and Specks.
“I’m looking down the barrel of nothing next year,
but Spicks and Specks came out of nothing so I’m a
lot more trusting of nothing now,” he said.
The Spicks and Speck-tacular tour is in Canberra
on December 10 and 11 at the National Convention
Centre. Tickets are still available.
Australia’s most popular music quiz show is winding up with massive finale tour that
includes a stop in the nation’s capital. BY PETER REYNOLDS
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