Synopsis by Hal Erickson
Debuting over BBC2 on January 26, 1987, the weekly sitcom A Small Problem was a savage satire of modern-day racial profiling and British bureaucracy. In the not-too-distant future, the EEC regulated that all of Britain's "short people" would have to live in newly established ghettos south of the Thames. The humor of the premise lay not so much in its outrageousness as in the traditional British willingness to make the best of a bad situation -- if the Government says it, it must be so, and best to go along with it. Needless to say, there were many viewers who didn't appreciate the joke, and as a result, A Small Problem stirred up an enormous amount of controversy and ill will before airing its sixth and final half-hour episode on March 2, 1987.