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This is Wac-A-Questions - the only place on the web where Timmy will answer your questions personally! Is there something you've always wanted to know about Wacaday or Timmy but never been able to find out? This is the place for you! To submit a question see right, or to read previous answers just click on the headings below...

Was there ever a Waca - tartan army??

Was Jason Donovan ever on Wacaday?

Did you re-enact the Hills are Alive with the sound of Muesli?

What was your favourite bit of Wacaday?

Was there a Wacaday in Wales?

What was written on the wacky plasters?

Did you ever play James Bond on Wacaday?

What was your Australian catchphrase?

Didn't you have a magic carpet once?

When did Michaela Strachan join the Wide Awake Club?

Wasn't Mike Myers on Wacaday?

What was the donkey called on Wacaday?

Didn't you once go the USSR?

What was it like recording Itsy Bitsy?

Why did Magic fly up to the camera?

What happened when you kissed the Blarney Stone?

Didn't you go to the Indiana Jones temple?

What was your favourite bit of Wacaday?
Timmy says...I loved all the filming we did around the world. We went to some amazing places and met loads of Timmy's cousins (who were even more balmy than me!), I also loved Magic - he was so talented and would always (well, nearly always) come out of the cage when asked - and he never bit me! I also loved all the messy stuff like the shark infested custard, Mallett's Mallet and all the rest of it really!


Was there ever a Waca-tartan Army?
Stevie Smith, Dundee

Timmy says - Yes there was Stevie. A group called the Clan were featured when we filmed at Dundee!

The Waca - Clan ready to fight the battle of Wac-Bannockburn!!

Wonderful WAC Scottish dancers!

Timmy gets a Malletting!

Tartan Pinky Punky plays the Waca-bagpipes

There's more memories of Scottish Wacaday at Memories page.


Was Jason Donovan ever on Wacaday and what did he do?
Toby Anstis, Maidenhead

Timmy says - Yes he was Toby! Jason came on and played Mallett's Mallet with Timmy and the kids. But his highlight was meeting Magic the cockatiel!

Jason is stunned by a Malletting!

Timmy and Jason duet on "Wacaday, Wacaday Wacaday!"

Magic says hello and then leaves a little present on Jason's hands!

Did you re-enact the Hills are Alive with the Sound of Muesli?
I would absolutely love to see this part of wac a day again!! I just remember it so fondly! Fab website! Carrie xxx

The Hills are alive with the sound of Muesli!!

Ray - a Name I call myself!!

Timmy says...Carrie, you're talking about one of the highlights of our tour of Austria! Running over the Mountains in my frilly spotty dress with glorious wig singing "The Hills are Alive with the sound of Muesli! The muesli we have eaten for a squillion years!" was just the start of a fantastic tribute to our favourite movie. There were more hits such as "I am 60 going on 70" and "Doh a deer - a female deer; Ray a name I call myself! Me Me me me me me me etc!"

We laughed and laughed the whole day we filmed this - I still burst out laughing when I recall it - an absolute gem of utter Wacaday Nonsense!

How do you solve a problem like the Mallett?!!


Didn't Wacaday once visit Wales? What happened there? Didn't you go to Machynlleth? Was I just dreaming?
John Wilding, Hull

Timmy says - You're right! We had a fabulous time at Llanfair PG - where the station name was longer than the platform - I fell off! Portmerion, Snowdon, Betwsycoed for a strange Welsh legend, I had to run around being King Edward and owen Wacadower in Carnarvon castle, we visited the smallest house in Britain in Conway and I got really grubby being a train driver on the Festiniog Railway! Most of these adventures were in Welsh Wacaday week in October 1988. Well remembered John!


What was written on the "wacky plaster" that was stuk on the loser of Mallet's Mallet? I know they had to wiggle it at the audience - but i can't remember was was written on it! Thanks. Nat
Timmy says...Aah the wacky plasters - this is one of the questions I get asked loads, but it's a really easier one to answer! They were Wacky Plasters so they said 'WAC' of course!

Sometimes Timmy wrote an essay on the plasters!

Did you ever play James Bond on Wacaday? I think you should be the next 007!
Timmy says...Of course! Timmy Bond - the man with the golden Mallet! LISTEN TO TIMMY'S STORY OF HIS LICENCE TO BLAAH! HERE! It was during the WacAsia tour when we were in Thailand that we visited the location for the Man with the Golden Gun. The team set out on one of the long narrow boats to the bay of islands. We thought that one of these islands looked like an upside down jelly, so I dreamed up a baddie called jellyfinger. This lead to the classic Wacaday line "Come on out Jellyfinger! Me and the mallet have got you surrounded!" We had to show the hotel chef how to make jelly from a packet and stick it in the fridge! It was funny filming the fight with the mallet and jellyfinger on the island - the jellies had been in a cool box and were melting into a mush! The crew adored chucking everything they could find at Timmy! Mike Myers liked the idea so much you might find elements of it in the Austin Powers series.

Quick - after my trousers as fast as you can go!!

I like my martini and orange juice shaken and strawed!!

The gorgeous babe Timmy has to save!!

Drat! - Jelly finger escapes again!!


Thanks to my young colleague Kristie (25) who started talking about Wac-a-waves during our dull Friday morning in Marketing we started to reminisce. What's your Australian catch phrase (when you were on your tours I believe and staying in a town with an odd name)? Mark Sharman
Timmy says... Dear Mark, I think the catchphrase you are referring to is "linga longa in Yarrwonga!" This was part of a complicated tongue twister taught to me by my aussie mate Steve Bingham who had a few choice phrases such as "Rippa Mate!" "Beyond the black stump!" "Up whoop whoop!" And I was amazed to find there is such a place as Yarrawonga near Darwin. I went there and lingered longer at the wildlife park! Yours beyond the black stump, up whoop whoop, Timmy

I seem to remember (amongst other things) you buying a magic carpet while on your travels. Do you still have it and did it work????? Helen
Timmy says... Well remembered Helen! The magic carpet came from morocco, and I used it to travel all around Marakesh - the square of death, the pink walled city, the Atlas Mountians etc. It's a lovely carpet, and at one stage on our adventures it ran out of magic! Well you'll be pleased to know, I still have it; and it still works!

When did Michaela Strachan join the wide awake club? robbie
Timmy says... Michaela was on the very first Wide Awake Club in 1984 as part of the dance troupe Wacky Feet! She went on to become part of the presenting team in 1985; and her favourite part of the show was the fun Heroes and heroines villans and villainesses! Oh and the great time we had when she did "Its my party and I'll cry if I want to!" Here's a pic of me and Michaela on Wacaday in 1987...


I might be going mad, but didn't Mike Myers sometimes appear on Wacaday? Other people I've asked sort of remember this too? Is it true?! Jim
Timmy says...
Dear Jim,
Mike Myers appeared on the Wide Awake Club doing a sketch called the Sound Asleep Club with his mate Neil Mullarkey. You can hear Neil's recollection of the Sound Asleep Club at the WAC reunion. There's a picture of the two of them in the 1987 WAC annual - and here is the pic
ture to prove it...Mike Myers is the one on the right, Neil's on the left!

Recently I met Mike at the premiere of Shrek- the third!

"But wait…what’s all the commotion? Why the incessant screaming from the hordes of pen-wielding girls? It can only mean one thing – yes, ladies and gentlemen, Timmy Mallett has arrived!"

Mike's comment - "couldn't you have wear something a bit more colourful, Timmy?!"


What was the name of your donkey/horse that used to appear on the show. We know that a catchphrase used for him/her was "eeyore, eeyore, he always reads your letters" but apart from that we're stuck, and it's bugging a whole loads of twenty-somethings in Southampton!!!! yours sincerely, Joe Gillson
Timmy says... Oh Joe, great memory! You're talking about Blackie the donkey of course! Blackie the donkey was the donkey we used to race along a track by answering the usual wacky questions. You had a choice of donkey - Red, Blue, green etc and they were all called Blackie!
"Why is he called Blackie?"
"Eeyore, eeyore, eeyore calls me that!"

Incidently, Blackie was a real donkey in Spain that the tabloids adopted, except he became a whole lot more famous on Wacaday!

Blackie was a hit later on our Wacaday adventures in the Holy Land - here he is staring into the manger at the little baby Jesus!!

I was a massive fan of Wacaday for the last few years it was running and when I look back it is one of the happiest memories of my childhood. I seem to remember you doing a section in one of the series called "Back to the USSR" but this isn't shown on any of the sites, so what happened? Well anyway, thanks for keeping me thoroughly entertained throughout the 80's and early 90's - no shows these days could ever match Wacaday or TVAM! Sarah x
Timmy says... Dear Sarah, Wac to the USSR was the thing you are thinking of and it was the name of Magic's cartoon when we were in Russia, russin' around the Red Square (remember you couldn't watch the show unless you had your red square sitting beside you on the sofa?) And the Gremlin in the Kremlin who beat the invading Tartars with Tartar control toothpaste?!

I just loved your remake of Itsi Bitsi teeny weeny yellow polka dot bikini. What was it like in a recording studio? Did it take ages to make? Was it difficult going from TV to Music? I still have the tape of it at home, and stick it on when ever I need an uplift. You are an amazing guy - keep doing what you're good at. Laura
Timmy says... Dear Laura,
I'm so glad you like Itsy Bitsy. So do I. The studio we recorded in is called Skratch records in Chertsey, the home of Nigel Wright who's a big pop producer and has had nearly as many number 1 hits as heads I've bashed!
We actually recorded the song during 1 day in May 1990. Because I'm not a trained singer(?!!) he got me to sing it bit by bit, and work on each bit as we go. The best part was doing the Oh yeahs! Here's the photo to prove it!

On the morning after it went to Number 1, I was getting ready to go and do Wacaday when the doorbell went and it was Chris Evans in his dressing gown who had driven round to my house with a bottle of Champagne!

You can get the Huggin an a Kissin album featuring Itsy Bitsy and 7 little girls etc from Utterly Brilliant Timmy Stuff which you can find on the Wac-A-Shop page... It make a great present for your wacamates!

Throughout the impressive run of Wacaday, Magic frequently sat on the top of the camera, and trail his tail down in front of the lenses. Was this part of the proceedings for Wacaday (like, Magic was trained to do it way before rehearsals), or was Magic on the camera by his own instincts? Neil.
Timmy says... Magic is a very special cockatiel, and much as I'd like to take credit for training him to fly to the top of the camera I can't! I think he just liked the red light and would sit up there with his grey tail hanging down. The cameramen were certainly a bit nervous and I'd see their heads poking round asking where's he going to land next!!? Sometimes, they'd try and wave him off and it always made us laugh. Here we are trying to do a show and Magic's got his own ideas about where he wants to sit!


In one episode, you went off somewhere and went to kiss the Blarney (sp?) Stone, and nearly fell off some ledge that you had to lean over to get to it! It had a small square gap between the pathway and the actual stone itself. Apparently the stone has magic/healing powers - did you benefit? :)
Thanks, Neil.

Timmy says...You've got a good memory Neil. The Blarney Stone is of course the famous stone at the top of Blarney castle near Cork. The kissing procedure is very precise and dead scary. You have to lie on your back, and lean backwards to kiss this thing upside down, on the outside parapet. All you can see is the ground way below. It's supposed to bring you luck, but of course you aren't supposed to tell anyone what the good luck is that it brought you!
In the studio we had our very own Blaaaar ney stone that was a lot easier to kiss, Magic of course bit it!
Here's a photo of Anthony Wood the cameraman going for his bit of wacaluck!

I seem to remember an episode of wacaday where you went to the temple thingy from indiana jones and the last crusade(the one thats carved into a rock face), since then i`ve always wondered what was actually inside it? Thanks for the great memories! James Gregory
Timmy says... Dear James, What you remember is one of my favourite stories from Wacaday. It was Tim-diana Jones and the fourth wise man!
The story went like this - Tim-Diana Jones was on the last-but-one crusade in search of the little known but equally clever fourth wise man. He found a clue in the dead sea cheese roll and leaped aboard the fastest mode of transport in the desert - a horse. He galloped off down the secret souk to the lost city of Petra (the rose red city half as old as time) and came out in front of the most gi-normous temple (just as in the movie). At that point he faced his deadly rival from the Nasty party who he finally defeated with the mallet and discovered the fourth wise man (who looked remarkably like me) hiding in the temple.
Leaning forward he asked what was his gift to the baby Jesus after the gold, frankincense and bleugh????
It was a lollipop and a souvenir T shirt, and Timdiana bonked him on the head for being so daft.

Petra is in Jordan, a wonderful magical place and the temple is a real ancient temple squillions of years old that was only rediscovered in the last century. The temple is carved into the rockface, and various silly adventuruers have taken pot shots at it in the hope that there is buried treasure in the carvings. On the day we filmed in December 1989 it was bitterly cold, and the horse was uncontrollable; at one stage it galloped off up a cliff face with me hanging on for dear life! Ludo Graham was the director and played Fritz Hamburger from the really Nasty party (incidently his secret weapon was a telescoping umbrella!)

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