Date: 21.03.2012Last updated: 21.03.2012 at 15.05

Category: CBBC

CBBC has commissioned a brand new drama series set in Jacqueline Wilson’s fictional children’s home The Dumping Ground, familiar to millions of viewers from CBBC dramas The Story of Tracy Beaker and Tracy Beaker Returns.

This new commission from Salford-based CBBC Productions will continue to delve into the everyday lives and experiences of young people in care, with new dilemmas, dramas and friendships being explored across 13 half-hour episodes.

Nick Sharratt’s popular animated illustrations, which featured in the award-winning series The Story of Tracy Beaker and Tracy Beaker Returns, will continue to counterpoint the live action.

Tracy Beaker Returns producer Gina Cronk is the exec producer of the new series, which starts filming in Newcastle in June. Leading writers including Elly Brewer, who worked on three series of Tracy Beaker Returns, will also work on the drama.

Lively storytelling, thought-provoking drama and comic side-plots remain at the core of The Dumping Ground, while its characters will be faced with challenging issues and personal difficulties to overcome.

Damian Kavanagh, Controller, CBBC, says: "We're delighted to be able to continue to tell stories from this world, which means so much to our viewers. There’s a really talented team ready to create this brand new series, and I’m looking forward to seeing the results of all their hard work.”

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We're delighted to be able to continue to tell stories from this world and have a talented team ready to create this brand new series."

Damian Kavanagh, Controller CBBC

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