DIANNE BUTLER OUT OF THE BOX
SO when Adam Hills introduces Spicks and Specks tonight as the music show that wants to go out on a high note, I assume he’s just talking about the ratings. The rest of it feels more tired than Kiss after the end of their latest farewell tour. I don’t dig this show but respect to them, then, for shutting it down. Doesn’t happen nearly often enough.
This isn’t a big Final Countdown production number here. There’s no galvanising highlight like when Molly Meldrum took his hat off. Adam keeps his pants on. It’s as lowkey a farewell as you’ll see. I don’t know how fans are going to feel about that. Geoffrey Rush, some streamers at the end, nobody cries. Oh, there are more guests than just Rush, but he gets the most air time. And I guess he’s the biggest, if you measure big by trophies. But if you equate success with luscious hair, then you’re going to be pretty happy with Barry Morgan from the World of Organs and his performance on his Hammond organ. Or indeed Brian Mannix and the Uncanny X-men. Brian reckons people tell him he looks like Margaret Thatcher. Unless the hissy exchange between Darren Hayes and Adam Richard gets the most air time. It’s possible. I feel like going back now and timing it, but that would mean sitting through it again.
The lineup, you’ve probably worked out, is made up of regulars. People such as Dave O’neil, Ella Hooper, Shane Bourne, Megan Washington, Jimeoin, Denise Scott, Richard Gill, Amanda Keller, Tommy Dean. Hamish and Andy introduce the show, we learn that Dan Sultan really likes Serial Killer Sunday, Brian Cadd tells a funny anecdote about playing Santa. It’s almost the yarn of the night, and it’s just about buried. Hardly matters now I ’ spose. Spicks and Specks ABC1, 8.30pm
Speck of dust: Adam Hills