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Mallett in Market Harborough 2008.
18 October 1955
Marple,Stockport , Cheshire, England
|Occupation||Radio/Television presenter, Artist|
|Spouse(s)||Lynda (since 1990)|
Timmy Mallett (born 18 October 1955, Marple, England) is a television presenter, broadcaster and artist in the United Kingdom. He achieved cult status on BBC Radio Oxford and Manchester's Piccadilly Radio and later on TV-am. Mallett is most notable for his striking visual style, involving loud shirts, colourful glasses and the giant pink foam mallet, labelled 'Mallett's Mallet', as well as his 'utterly brilliant!' and 'blaaah!' catchphrases.
Early radio career
His media career started while he was a student at the University of Warwick where he worked on the student radio station, Radio Warwick. After graduating with a degree in History, he started work straight after his graduation day at BBC Radio Oxford. He later moved to Centre Radio (now Leicester Sound) as the station's launch presenter, Radio Luxembourg and Manchester's Piccadilly Radio where his energetic style won him many fans and Sony Awards. The programme he hosted at Piccadilly was Timmy on the Tranny, a popular weekday evening show that ran from 8pm–11pm and took its name from Mallett's lunchtime and later afternoon shows on Radio Oxford. Among Mallett's team of helpers were Chris Evans (known as 'Nobby Nolevel), Andy Bird (who played the pirate radio character 'Radio Diggle') and Karen Walsh (the original 'Aunty Boney kneecaps'). This led to Mallett co-presenting the Manchester-based BBC2 youth music show Oxford Road Show for a year in 1984. In March 1985 he also stood in for David Jensen on the Network Chart.
It was in television that he was to see his biggest success. In 1983 he helmed Summer Run on Saturday mornings for ITV's breakfast station, TV-am. But Mallett's big break happened the following year when he became a presenter of Wide Awake Club, a new Saturday morning children's programme on TV-am, with co-presenters Michaela Strachan, James Baker, Arabella Warner and Tommy Boyd. Future actor Mike Myers also had a minor role alongside Neil Mullarkey. Mallett's personality came to dominate the show to such an extent that when TV-am found itself lacking a school holidays programme after Roland Rat was moved to the BBC, he was offered the chance to present the replacement solo. The replacement, a spin-off of Wide Awake Club, was called Wacaday (based on the addition of 'aday' to the initials 'WAC' for Wide Awake Club) and began broadcasting in 1985.
Wacaday was even more successful than its parent. The programme was characterised by games such as "Mallett's Mallet", a word-association game where contestants were hit over the head by his famed mallet for getting answers wrong. In later years, a talking mini-version of the mallet called "Pinky Punky" was introduced (the name chosen after Mallett asked viewers to write in with their ideas) and soon became one of Mallett's established sidekicks along with Magic, his pet cockatiel. Wacaday ended in 1992 when TV-am lost its franchise to broadcast. Since then, Mallett has run his own production company, Brilliant TV.
From 1997, Brilliant TV made three series of Timmy Towers for CITV, starring Mark Speight as the Abominable No Man, Rodger Bremble as Aunty Boney knees, and Alex Lovell as the delightful Miss Thing. Timmy Towers was a panto-style show where The Abominable No Man wanted to take over the world, kidnap kids, lock them in the Room with No TV and flush them down the toilet. Mallett's job was to save the world.
In 2002, Mallett forced West Ham United Football Club to stop selling copies of their mascot, Herbie the Hammer, in their club shop after he complained that it looked too similar to Pinky Punky. West Ham United called the matter "trivial".
In 2004 he was a stand-in contestant for the ITV1 jungle-based reality series I'm a Celebrity... Get Me Out of Here!. He did not become a contestant on the show, but recorded a video diary of his exploits in Australia, the setting for the series, for the ITV2 companion programme I'm a Celebrity... Get Me Out of Here! Now. In 2008 he entered the show as a full contestant.
As well as his broadcasting work, Mallett tours many holiday camps, students' unions, and clubs, performing his own show.
In November 2008 Mallett appeared in the eighth series of I'm A Celebrity... Get Me Out Of Here!. He entered the show in a unique way: by being captured in an over-sized net and imprisoned in jungle jail. The celebrities were given an option to trade their possessions for him and David Van Day to enter. They refused. On 30 November 2008, Mallett was the fourth contestant and only celebrity to be eliminated in battle rather than public vote from I'm a Celebrity after losing a (play-off) Bushtucker eating trial to Brian Paddick. Mallett was at a disadvantage in the "Last Chance Saloon" when it was revealed to be an eating and drinking live creatures trial—he is a vegetarian.
He also regularly performs in panto, including Sleeping Beauty at the Grand Pavilion, Porthcawl, in December 2007. Mallett played the part of Mr Smee in Peter Pan at the Playhouse, Weston Super Mare in 2008–9.
In April 2012, a repentant thief returned the solid silver stave top that he had stolen eight years previously, to St Martin's church, Marple. The Churchwarden's stave was dedicated to the memory of Timmy's grandfather, William Mallett. Timmy said "the whole family is delighted with the news".
Mallett formed the band Bombalurina, along with female vocalists/dancers Dawn Andrews and Annie Dunkley, and released the single "Itsy Bitsy Teeny Weeny Yellow Polka Dot Bikini". The song entered the UK charts at number 23, rose to 13 the next week, then to 3 and finally to number 1 on 19 August 1990, where it stayed for three weeks. More than 1,000,000 copies of the single were sold around the world and it topped the charts in over a dozen countries. Follow ups included "7 Little Girls Sitting in the Back Seat" and "The Bump", as well as an album, Huggin' an' a Kissin.
Under the name of "Del Costa" he released "Hot Hot Hot" in 1992 and the accompanying video was shot in Ibiza.
In 1986 he also became a presenter on pan-European music channel Music Box, and was part of a music group called The Rap Pack, made up of some of Music Box's presenters, who released a single called "Back To The Rhythm", with an accompanying video.
During I'm a Celebrity, Mallett and David Van Day wrote and performed the song "Biff Baff Boff We're Celebrities". The song has been subsequently put to music by Steps producer Barry Upton and was released on Jungle Celebrity Records in December 2008 as a download on iTunes.
Mallett has hosted It's a Knockout days for the charity Children Today, based in Chester, of which he is a patron.
In summer 2012 Mallett's "Ring-A-Royal BTartbox"  was on display outside the Royal Albert Hall in London. It was painted in aid of charity Childline. Currently it can be seen outside Windsor Castle.
Mallett paints in acrylics and oils and exhibits regularly. In 2002, for the Golden Jubilee of Elizabeth II, he completed a series of 50 portraits of people from around Cookham in Berkshire where he lives, including Lorraine Kelly, Sir Clive Woodward, Ulrika Jonsson, Jim Rosenthal, Wendy Craig, Toby Cruse and Stanley Spencer's grandson John.
Selected television programmes
- Oxford Road Show (1984)
- Wide Awake Club (1984–1990)
- Wacaday (1985–1992)
- Utterly Brilliant (1989–1991)
- Around the World in 80 Seconds (1993–1994)
- Way to Go (1996–1997)
- Timmy Towers (1997–2002)
- The Beeps (since 2007)
- I'm a Celebrity... Get Me out of Here! (2008 series)
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- Timmy Mallett official site timmymallett.co.uk