Ben the flowerpot man, one half of the kiddies’ iconic duo, Bill and Ben, has gone missing just days before the launch of their new series.
A spokesman for Cbeebies commented, "We're all gutted after ploughing a lot of money into this new show, what with new scripts by Russell Davies, state-of-the-art CGI technology and all kinds of other cool stuff too, but now Ben's just swanned off and jeopardised the whole bloody lot. It's bang out of order!"
Recent rumours in showbiz circles reported the star as being "a bit down" in the run-up to the new series, but it was just seen as pre-launch nerves, as the new show is widely regarded as the pair's final crack at the big-time. Fighting back the tears yesterday a clearly upset Bill told The Radio Times "Uddap buddap slobbadap. Buddap buddap pobbledap", before he broke down inconsolably and had to be led away by Little Weed.
This isn't the first time that the flowerpot men have hit the headlines, as back in the sixties Ben was arrested for being in possession of three bags of John Innes Potting Compost, although he was subsequently cleared of all charges when The Gardener came back from lunch and owned up that the stash actually belonged to him.