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'Spicks and Specks' Will Explore Tunes From the Past Decade In Its Latest Music Quiz Special

Relive the decade we all just lived through — including the bangers, one hit wonders and songs you'd rather forget.
By Sarah Ward
November 21, 2020
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'Spicks and Specks' Will Explore Tunes From the Past Decade In Its Latest Music Quiz Special

Relive the decade we all just lived through — including the bangers, one hit wonders and songs you'd rather forget.
By Sarah Ward
November 21, 2020
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What's better than watching a heap of top Australian talent sit around and talk about music? Watching them do all of the above while answering questions, competing for points and just generally being funny, too. That's the concept behind ABC TV show Spicks and Specks, which took a few cues from the UK's Never Mind the Buzzcocks, pit Aussie musos and comedians against each other, and has proven a hit several times over. A weekly favourite when it first aired between 2005–2011, it just keeps coming back — including its current series of new specials.

When the program was first revived back in 2014, it returned with a new host and team captains. This time, it's back with its original lineup. That means that Adam Hills, Myf Warhurst and Alan Brough have all stepped back into the quiz show realm yet again. When the trio did just that back in 2018, for a one-off reunion special, it became the ABC's most-watched show of the year. Unsurprisingly, that huge response played more than a small part in inspiring this new comeback.

If you're already eager to show your own music trivia knowledge and play along — we all know that's as much a part of the Spicks and Specks fun as seeing the on-screen stars unleash their own skills (or lack thereof) — then you probably lapped up the show's Ausmusic Month special last year. And, in the first half of 2020, you probably enjoyed its 90s episode and episode dedicated to 00s tunes as well. Next up, it's tackling past decade, focusing on all the tracks, bangers, one hit wonders and more that released between 2010–2019.

When it airs at 7.40pm AEST on Sunday, December 20, viewers can expect questions about the best and the worst songs the last ten years had to offer — and expect not just Adam, Myf and Alan, but musicians Kate Miller Heidke and Vance Joy and comedians Claire Hooper and Luke McGregor as well.

The 10s-focused episode marks the fourth of  Spicks and Specks' specials, wrapping up its four-show comeback over the past year.

And, if you need a refresher in the interim, this comedic chat about a Star Wars Christmas album will do the trick:

Spicks and Specks: 10s Special will air on ABC TV on Sunday, December 20 at 7.40pm. The show's Ausmusic Special, 90s Special and 00s Special are all currently available to stream via ABC iView.

Published on November 21, 2020 by Sarah Ward

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