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Timmy Mallett explains Apartheid in unearthed Wacaday video

Sometimes, the most poignant analysis comes from the most unlikely sources.

We never thought Toy Story 3 would sum up the emotion of friendship and the notion of leaving childhood behind. We never thought Marley & Me - a Jennifer Aniston film no less - would make us cry over a dog. And we never thought that Timmy Mallett would provide the simplest analysis of the Apartheid system.

A recently unearthed clip from a 1991 episode of the legendary kids TV show Wacaday sees presenter and all-round jovial crazy man Mallett visit South Africa just after it had finally begun to abandon the racist system of segregation which had dominated life in the country from 1948. The move, of course, came after growing international pressure, together with the civil rights activism of many South African citizens led by the ANC and its leader Nelson Mandela (you may have heard of him).

Timmy Mallett is seen visiting the country and explaining in simple terms what the system was and how it was going to change. Considering the usual brilliant ridiculousness of Wacaday, Mallett pitches the six minute segment perfectly. And you can't really argue when he says simply, "It's not fair, is it?".

Considering the spate of nineties nostalgia going on at the moment, we wouldn't be in the least surprised to see the show, which ran from 1985 to 1992, make a comeback. Game of Mallett's Mallet anyone?

Check the clip out below together with the full episode that it was taken from, and the still-amazing theme tune.