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Wheelie Ben

When the council insists that Ben is disabled, what can he do but play along with it?

Transmitted on: Friday 9th July 2010

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Janey and her son, Kenzo, strike a deal – he will stop sucking his thumb if she will give up her treasured teddy, Mr Digsby. The council have sent Ben two benefit cheques, erroneously believing him to be disabled. Ben tries to return the money but the council official is not authorised to change records and arranges for someone to visit and re-evaluate the case instead. However, Ben has buys Susan a beautiful pair of shoes with the money but she rather reluctantly still demands that he return them and the money. Rosemary, a Council assessor, arrives to re-assess Ben’s case and is horrified at the way the family treat Ben. She then mistakenly thinks that Ben’s reluctance to stand and greet her is due to his incontinence and not to the fact that he has spilt water out of an ornament down his trousers just before she arrived. She berates Susan for neglecting Ben and inspired by his “courage”, resolves to do all she can to help him. The lie perpetuates so much that Ben feels he must now keep up the pretence of being disabled and goes so far as to get a wheelchair. Susan is furious, until Ben pulls out his trump card, a disabled parking permit… no more queueing miles away from the supermarket! And so Susan becomes embroiled in the deception. Rosemary has nominated Ben for a bravery award, but at the ceremony he loses his nerve and is about to confess when he is announced as the winner. At Susan’s behest he moves forward to accept the award but is stopped in his tracks when a wheelchair-bound man also called Ben Harper and the intended recipient of the benefit money, also comes forward to collect the prize. Ben is fined and pays back the original money, lucky to have escaped a prison sentence and despite her attempts to keep the precious parking permit, Susan is outwitted by Rosemary.

Cast

Character Played by
Ben Harper Robert Lindsay
Susan Harper Zoe Wanamaker
Janey Harper Daniela Denby-Ashe
Michael Harper Gabriel Thompson
Kenzo Harper Tayler Marshall
Rosemary Penelope Wilton
Council Official Lee Cornes
Councillor James Wooley
Ben Harper 2 Andy Dear

Team

Role Name
Executive Producer Don Taffner
Executive Producer Tom Anderson
Director Ed Bye
Producer John Bartlett
Writer Amy Schindler

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