The Dumping Ground, now in production in Newcastle, is the latest CBBC series inspired by, and set in, Jacqueline Wilson’s fictional children’s home, and is the sequel to the multi-award-winning dramas The Story Of Tracy Beaker and Tracy Beaker Returns.
Now Tracy Beaker has left, the young residents of The Dumping Ground, who have been by her side over the past three years, take centre stage, and the 13 x 30 minute series follows their dilemmas, dramas and friendships, along with the challenges faced by young people in care.
We learn more about the familiar characters of Lily (Jessie Williams), Carmen (Amy-Leigh Hickman), Frank (Chris Slater), Gus (Noah Marullo), Rick (Daniel Pearson), Johnny (Joe Maw), Tee (Mia McKenna-Bruce), Harry (Philip Graham Scott), Elektra (Jessica Revell), Tyler (Miles Butler-Hughton) and Jodie (Kia Pegg), whose back-stories and relationships now come to the fore. Plus, brand new characters Faith, Mo and Floss also join The Dumping Ground.
Teenage Faith (Leanne Dunstan - Postcode), is bright, optimistic and independent. Always looking forward, she is sporty, energetic and a positive role model, but also a complete mystery at The Dumping Ground; no-one knows who she is, where she’s from or anything about her background, and she isn’t planning to share that in a hurry!
Young tearaway Mo (Reece Buttery) comes to The Dumping Ground on a short-term emergency placement when his parents have trouble coping. Mo lives for the moment and while he misses his loving mum and dad, he’s having a great time at The Dumping Ground. Due to his background, Mo struggles with some life skills, but he wears his heart on his sleeve, has a sunny nature and loves collecting treasure.
Floss (Sarah Rayson) is incredibly cute but with a spiteful streak, and not averse to pinching Mo when he won’t give up a toy - then smiling sweetly and denying it when he gets upset.
The ensemble cast continues to form the rich mix of vibrant stories combining thought-provoking drama with light-hearted moments that viewers of the Tracy Beaker series love.
Foz Allan (who produced Robin Hood and CBBC’s new drama, Wolfblood) is the executive producer. The show’s writers include the award-winning Elly Brewer, who has worked on all the Tracy Beaker series. Nick Sharratt’s popular animated illustrations, which featured in The Story Of Tracy Beaker and Tracy Beaker Returns will be recreated to enrich the live action.
The sets, theme music and titles have all been refreshed for the new series, which is shot in various locations across the North East, including Jesmond in Newcastle, plus Meldon Park and Wallington Hall in Northumberland.
Louise Sutton (Coronation Street) is the producer, Alan Fairholm (Wolfblood, Tracy Beaker Returns) is line producer and Ash Wilkinson (Wolfblood, Tracy Beaker Returns) is production designer. The series is directed by Craig Lines (Tracy Beaker Returns, Young Dracula), Stewart Svaasand (Missing, Waterloo Road Reunited) and Diana Patrick (Doctors, Emmerdale).
The series launches on CBBC in the new year.
Notes to editors
CBBC is the BBC’s multiplatform offering for 6-12 year-olds, bringing the very best drama, entertainment and factual programmes to its young viewers.
CBBC is the most-loved and most-watched channel of children in its target age-group. Almost a third of children (6-12) consider it one of their favourites and over a third tune into the CBBC channel each week.
CBBC aims to encourage children to find out more about existing interests and inspire them to develop new ones; helps them understand the world around them; and provides an entertaining watch when they just want to relax.
The majority of our output is UK-made, reflecting children’s lives in the UK today. Popular programmes on the channel include Horrible Histories, Deadly 60, The Sarah Jane Adventures and Tracy Beaker Returns as well as long-running favourites Blue Peter and Newsround.
As well as a dedicated channel and website, CBBC also broadcasts every weekday evening on BBC One and every morning on BBC Two. Last year, the CBBC website attracted over 890,000 weekly unique users.