QUES­TION MARK OVER FARN­HAM

Herald Sun - Switched On - - COVER STORY - BY COLIN VICKERY NA­TIONAL TV WRITER

Will John Farn­ham ever ap­pear on Rockwiz? That is the big ques­tion as the pop­u­lar mu­sic quiz show, hosted by Ju­lia Zemiro, draws to the end of its 14th sea­son.

SBS is al­ready talk­ing about more Rockwiz episodes in 2017, and quiz­mas­ter and co-creator Brian Nankervis has made no se­cret in the past about his de­sire to get Farn­ham on the pro­gram.

Rockwiz has fea­tured around 400 dif­fer­ent lo­cal and in­ter­na­tional mu­sic acts across its more than 170 episodes.

The cream of Aussie mu­sic — ev­ery­one from Jimmy Barnes to Daryl Braith­waite and Court­ney Bar­nett — has ap­peared. Over­seas stars have in­cluded Martha Wain­wright, Judy Collins, Steve Earle and Billy Bragg.

“There are a few key artists — who will re­main name­less be­cause we’d still love to get them — who we have been chas­ing that haven’t come on the show,” Nankervis says.

It isn’t only Nankervis that would love Farn­ham to be on Rockwiz. View­ers are also keen.

“The Espy wouldn’t be big enough for the earth­quake he’d de­liver! Tez … Love this guy … He’s our very best ever,” Ter­rence O’Don­nel posted.

This year’s Rockwiz has been a bit dif­fer­ent with seven “Salutes the Leg­ends” spe­cials.

“The (rat­ings) fig­ures this year have been re­ally good,” he says. “Peo­ple are telling me it is the best se­ries yet.”

Rockwiz has evolved over time. Early sea­sons ran around half an hour. Now they stretch to 50 min­utes.

Gui­tarist Ash Naylor and Clio Ren­ner (key­boards) have joined the house band along­side Mark Fer­rie (bass) and Peter Lus­combe (drums).

Singers Vika and Linda Bull have pro­vided back-up across the past two sea­sons.

“It does have a rough-hewed qual­ity to it,” Nankervis says.

“If a mis­take is funny we leave it in. It is like a night at the pub where any­thing can hap­pen. It’s un­pre­dictable and peo­ple love that.”

ROCKWIZ SALUTES THE LEG­ENDS, SBS, SATUR­DAY, 8.35PM

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