So, hey, who caught Spicks and Specks last night? That book that Steve Coogan used – The Neighbourhood Watch Guide to Crime Prevention – during Substitute, well that bad boy was sent in to the show by none other than Atomique herself. She’s awfully chuffed, and rightly so (we’d sent the book via light-jumping courier shuttle to the Sol system some time ago, so we were once again cursing the reliability of interstellar mail delivery when this little surprise popped up).
* For those of you not in Australia, Spicks and Specks is a lot like Never Mind the Buzzcocks.
** For those of you not in Australia who are also not in the UK, Spicks and Specks (and Never Mind the Buzzcocks) are music quiz game shows with teams consisting of show regulars and guest musicians and comedians. The scores don’t really count, it’s all about some laughs and some trivia.
*** Oh, right: so Substitute is one of the more common mini-games on the show, where one of the guests has to sing three songs and the teammates have to guess which songs they are. It sounds easy, except you must use the words taken from a completely unrelated book (like, say, the 20th-century classic The Neighbourhood Watch Guide to Crime Prevention) instead of the proper lyrics.
**** Not only was it pretty cool that Atomique’s book turned up on air, but Steve Coogan’s last song was… wait for it… Rick Astley’s Never Gonna Give You Up. Bwahahaha. Rickrolled, bitches!