Barely Legal Grafters

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Screened by BBC in January 2016, Barely Legal Grafters is an entertaining hour long documentary exploring the world of small time entrepreneurs who make their money in the black market economy and the people who make a living trying to catch them. These are the real life Del Boys of the 21st century, using their wit and charm to eek out a living hustling for cash and trying to stay under the radar.

Featuring in the film are quick witted ticket tout ‘Slim’ who buys and sells tickets to events for a profit and is hoping to make a fortune during the forthcoming Rugby World Cup, a tobacco smuggler named Mark who makes a living making regular trips to the continent for cheap cigarettes, and a market trader named Mark who was recently busted by trading standards for selling counterfeit football shirts and has since turned to selling knock-off replicas of designer perfumes. From the other side of the fence we meet Graham, an ex-cop who now runs a leading anti-counterfeiting agency, and Trading Standards officer Lee who attempts to catch people selling dodgy cigarettes in West Sussex.

If you found yourself fascinated by ‘Slim’ the ticket tout then you may be interested to hear that this isn’t the first documentary he has been in, he was one of two ticket touts to star in the 2004 documentary Touts on Tour. It follows Slim (real name Phil Cooper) and his business partner Al Coulston as they attempt to make money flipping tickets outside stadiums.

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