Magda fronts Spearman Experiment

By David Knox on August 1, 2009 / Filed Under News 18

magdaIt’s official. Magda Szubanski will front TEN’s new pop-culture quiz show, The Spearman Experiment.

The show will screen on Tuesday nights in September, as a variation on 20 to 1‘s clip show.

“I’m a sucker for a bit of potentially life-altering trivia,” she told

“It’s going to be a slightly twisted trip down memory lane. Besides, Channel 10 are doing pretty well at the moment so I thought I’d park my bike there for a bit.”

Again, this is surely a replacement to Talkin’ ‘Bout Your Generation.

Szubanski has been hot fave for the show as far back as May.

According to Wikipedia, Charles Edward Spearman (1863 – 1945) was an English psychologist known for work in statistics, as a pioneer of factor analysis, and for Spearman’s rank correlation coefficient. He also did seminal work on models for human intelligence, including his theory that disparate cognitive test scores reflect a single general factor and coining the term ‘g factor.’

Source:, Wikipedia


  1. roxy September 29, 2009 at 9:34 pm -

    i love it it is so funny!!!! magda is so cool im wathching it now wooooooooo

  2. Roland Butter September 9, 2009 at 4:22 pm -

    I hear Magda is narrating a hilarious doco about Skippy coming out next Thurs 17th on ABC… Can’t wait for that.. an icon narrating a story of another icon… perfect!!!! Lock it in!!

  3. koolcat September 8, 2009 at 7:41 pm -

    just watching it now, shit as! bring back talking about ur generation this show is crap!!!! rip of and lame!
    and the host is just being boring magda wats her face, this is not going well

  4. Lolwut @ this message below "Name" August 30, 2009 at 10:24 pm -

    Bring back talking about ya effing generation!!!!!!!!!

  5. Ryano August 3, 2009 at 12:48 am -

    I hope this is another big hit for Ten. They sure could use something to pull them out of the post MasterChef slump.

  6. Harry August 1, 2009 at 5:19 pm -

    Looks cool, she is cool!

  7. Kuttsywood August 1, 2009 at 4:23 pm -

    I want to see 8 out of 10 Cats…

    I hope the Spearmint Experiment goes well, without people making fun of the name…

    Oh wait. I made fun of the name!

  8. Gerry August 1, 2009 at 2:03 pm -

    If this was up against the Hey Hey reunions, it is bound to fail!

  9. Johnny 1.5 August 1, 2009 at 1:19 pm -

    The Gruen Transfer, The 7pm Project, The Spearman Experiment, we are getting very la-di-da with our show names lately (well apart from SBS where it is Squiz and Wiz), will be interesting too see how this goes, pity it is not Amanda Keller hosting for mine, use to love her show on the ABC called Mondo Thingo back in 2004 (there is a show for you to resurrect Ten).

  10. Dino August 1, 2009 at 1:14 pm -

    I’m not sure how well this will go down, especially seeing it is a copy of 20 to 1 (who was it who said Ten were the only original network???), which will likely be in direct competition with 20 to 1 in the 7.30 Tuesday timeslot.

  11. koverstreet August 1, 2009 at 12:57 pm -

    Didn’t Magda’s Funny Bits have like old Fast Forward/Full Frontal clips? If so it would have had some quality stuff but it was just presented poorly.

    I just hope that Magda can regain some of the respect she lost doing the dreadful K&K.

  12. mikeys August 1, 2009 at 11:36 am -

    Anything Magda has my vote, and as she says, TEN is on a roll right now.

  13. Brodie August 1, 2009 at 11:12 am -

    Magda’s Funny Bits anyone? *cringe*

  14. David Knox August 1, 2009 at 11:06 am -

    Love Magda, but don’t forget Magda’s Funny Bits (which was very 20 to 1) and Dogwoman didn’t exactly fire.

  15. Jerome August 1, 2009 at 11:04 am -

    this is a major coup. anything magda is remotely involved with will be a super hit. she is one of our most iconic figures.

    i just wonder how this will affect the future of kath and kim. maybe she can be in one of those deals that allowed kate ritchie to be in underbelly while she was still contracted to 7.

  16. koverstreet August 1, 2009 at 10:24 am -

    She’s no Micaleff by a long way but I love retro pop culture shows so I’ll be tuning in for sure.

  17. Gerry August 1, 2009 at 9:34 am -

    Oh Lord have mercy! This will definitely not be as good as TBYG. It looks like Ten’s now joined the “copy” game.

  18. Dylan August 1, 2009 at 7:43 am -

    Is this basically a Australian version of the British game show ‘Eight out of ten Cats’?

    This sounds good and it will be good to see Magda back on the box on something other than ACA.

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