7. THE BACKER

VIZ - - Starry, Starry Heist! -

FLOELLA BE­HIND BEN­JAMIN every job is the brains, the shad­owy fig­ure who plans the ca­per and puts the team to­gether whilst not ac­tu­ally get­ting their hands dirty in the com­mis­sion of the crime. And ac­cord­ing to Terry, the A-List Mr Big be­hind this blag is ac­tu­ally a Mrs Big … none other than Play School favourite FLOELLA BEN­JAMIN.

“The Backer is al­ways a mys­te­ri­ous fig­ure, out­wardly re­spectable to mask their se­cret life amongst the scum of the crim­i­nal un­der­world, and Floella Ben­jamin cer­tainly fits the first part of this M.O. to a tee. She went from be­ing on Play School in the 1970s to tak­ing a seat in the House of Lords in 2010. No­body knows what she was do­ing dur­ing the in­ter­ven­ing 30 years. Whilst it’s pos­si­ble that she was pur­su­ing a busy ca­reer as an ac­tor, TV pro­ducer, singer and voiceover artist, it’s just as pos­si­ble that she spent that time mas­ter­mind­ing a no­to­ri­ous se­ries of au­da­cious, armed bank jobs, jewel heists and safety de­posit box blags.

And it is this in­valu­able ex­pe­ri­ence as one of the coun­try’s most suc­cess­ful crim­i­nal mas­ter­minds that makes her es­sen­tial to bring­ing this tickle off with­out a hitch. Not only that, she also has ac­cess to the Play School toys, Ham­ble, Humpty, Jemima, Big Ted and Lit­tle Ted, which she could use on a map of the bank to show every mem­ber of the team ex­actly where they’ve got to go and what they’ve got to do dur­ing every split sec­ond of the blag.

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