Satire on apartheid and prejudice set in a version of Britain where anyone under 5 feet tall was considered a second class citizen and sent to live in tower-block ghettos.
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Paul Haley ...
 Mr. Wallace (1 episode, 1987)
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 Newspaper Seller (1 episode, 1987)
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Satire on apartheid and prejudice set in a version of Britain where anyone under 5 feet tall was considered a second class citizen and sent to live in tower-block ghettos.

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26 January 1987 (UK)  »

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8 October 2013 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

In the 1980s opposition to Apartheid in South Africa was reaching a crescendo.

A new wave of comedians came out with the so called 'Alternative' comedy which was in opposition with a mainstream comedy that picked on easy targets, race, women gays etc.

A Small Problem was a BBC sitcom that was intended to be a satire on prejudice and particularly racial prejudice.

Unfortunately the many people missed the point of the satire altogether and thought the series was picking on short people and getting easy laughs at their expense.

The show was based in a vision of Britain that practised a form of apartheid based on people's height. Anyone below 5 foot were moved to a ghetto south of the River Thames.

The main star was Christopher Ryan more famous as Mike from The Young Ones. The series really did not take off because it was leaden by the controversy of its subject matter. The writers, one of them being Tony Millan also famous as a sitcom actor tried to explain that the series was a satirical allegory but to no avail. It was sporadically funny and a brave attempt to do something different.


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