‘I starred in the most popular kid’s TV show of the 00s – I’m embarrassed by the scene BBC banned’

Ben Hanson as Bouncer in Tracy Beaker

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The Story of Tracy Beaker is one of the most iconic BBC children’s shows of the early 00s, becoming a cult classic in the 20 years since it aired.

However, one particularly controversial scene involving then-15-year-old star Ben Hanson as Bouncer Plakova has been slammed by viewers as ‘inappropriate’.

Ben has now revealed even at the time he felt ’embarrassed’ by the scene which sees him dressing as a woman in order to get free gifts from a shop on Mother’s Day.

Speaking exclusively to, he shared: ‘I just remember how embarrassed I was to begin with and how much I looked like my mum, which was really weird.’

Bouncer, in a dress and makeup, attracts the attention of the shopkeeper who has removed his glasses and winds up getting his bum pinched by the old man.

His yelp in response is what gives the game away and the scene hasn’t sat well with modern viewers and has even been removed from iPlayer by the BBC.

Ben Hanson played Bouncer in The Story of Tracy Beaker when he was a teenager (Picture: BBC)

He now looks very different and has ditched acting (Picture: benj.hanson/instagram)

‘I think what people seem to forget with shows like Tracy Beaker is that it’s 20 years old, those episodes come from 20 years ago,’ Ben said.

The Story of Tracy Beaker began airing in 2002, running for five series before coming to a very emotional end.

‘Do I think that sexual harassment should be promoted? Absolutely not, not in the slightest. But also the crux of that episode is that he was dressing up as a mum to try and get [disadvantaged] kids free stuff.

‘I get it, I understand it, and I understand that the way the world is currently, it’s probably not acceptable. But I think there also needs to be a little bit of leeway because it wasn’t filmed for today.’

He stands by the BBC’s decision though and added: ‘If it’s offending anybody or raising awareness of stuff that shouldn’t be [given a platform] then it should be taken away.’


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Ben, now in his mid-30s, was best known as part of a comedy duo with Ciaran Joyce who played his on-screen brother, Lol.

The pair had grown up together in Cardiff and their natural chemistry left even the producers convinced they were real-life siblings.

He’s still in touch with Ciaran now and shared that some of the scenes he’s most proud of, are those they filmed together.

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Source:: Metro


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