Series / The Story of Tracy Beaker
A BBC children's programme that aired from 2002 to 2005, it is based on the popular books written by Jacqueline Wilson
. The story revolves around the titular character of Tracy Beaker who lives in a care home and the events that follow. Most of the episodes revolve around Tracy fantasizing about the day her biological mother will come for her, as well as trying to find the perfect foster home in the meantime.
The show lasted for 5 seasons and was followed by a sequel, Tracy Beaker Returns
, focusing on Tracy as a young adult, along with a spin-off, The Dumping Ground.
Tropes that are in this series
- Aerith and Bob: Bouncer, Lol, Crash, Wolfie and Duke... and every other name, though they are nicknames.
- Alpha Bitch: Justine, Amber, Rebecca, Roxy.
- Anti-Role Model: One episode had Tracy convincing Marco, Hayley and Dolly to form a "Tracy Beaker" club, which causes them to play pranks around the house and almost ruin Dolly's chance to be fostered. In the end, Tracy herself acknowledged how bad of a role-model she was to the younger kids, and explained that they were good at heart.
- Butt-Monkey: Elaine, and maybe Ben.
- Beauty, Brains and Brawn: The Wellards: Roxy’s the brains, Chantal the beauty, and Rio is the male example of brawn.
- Bratty Half-Pint: Tracy in her younger years. She grows somewhat out of it when she gets older.
- Chuck Cunningham Syndrome: Maxy, Ryan, Zac and Michael all disappear between seasons with no mention to their whereabouts.
- The Cutie: All the little kids like Peter, Maxy, Dolly, Layla, Hayley, Marco, Milly and Alice.
- Demoted to Extra: After leaving with her new foster family in series 2, Louise became a Drop-In Character in series 3. She was eventually Put on a Bus for the rest of the show.
- Also, after Bouncer leaves for the halfway house at the end of series 4, he makes many guest appearances in series 5 and eventually becomes a chef for The Dumping Ground.
- Dogged Nice Guy: Even though Michael acts like a jerk to every other kid, he is friendly towards Louise since he has a crush on her.
- Enemy Mine: Tracy and Justine once teamed up to overthrow Elaine.
- Fat and Skinny: Bouncer and Lol. Also Duke with Mike, Nathan, and Sid.
- The Friend No One Likes: Elaine "the Pain" Boyak is hated by the staff as well as the children.
- Goth: All three of the Wellards don a goth fashion style, to make them much more intimidating.
- Hair-Trigger Temper: Tracy and Crash.
- Happily Adopted: Tracy and Cam subvert this with their on and off relationship and Tracy frequently returning to the care home after a heated argument. Finally played straight in the series finale where Cam adopts Tracy.
- Also played straight with Peter, Lousie, Dolly, Hayley, Marco, and Milly, who are all fostered into good families.
- Heterosexual Life-Partners: Bouncer and Lol are a brotherly variant. They are close to each other, share a room at The Dumping Ground, and do almost everything together. Episodes also show that they are very protective of each other and Bouncer frequently visits Lol at The Dumping Ground after leaving for the halfway house. At the end of the series, Lol moves to the halfway house to be with Bouncer.
- In-Series Nickname: "Elaine the Pain", "The Dumping Ground".
- Jerkass: Michael in season 3 is a prime example, in that he bullies the younger kids and snitches on the older ones.
- Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Although Tracy is frequently rude, abrasive, vain, proud and self-centred, she is in fact a good person at heart who cares deeply for Cam and her friends.
- Other examples include Justine, Amber, the Wellards and Rebecca.
- Manchild: Nathan pretty much acts like one of the kids himself.
- Only Known by Their Nickname: Duke, Bouncer, Lol, Crash and Wolfie.
- Out of Focus: Tracy in the later seasons, which is ironic in the sense that she's the title character. Sources claim that this is due to Dani Harmer experiencing severe migraines.
- Parental Abandonment: Some of the kids in the care home.
- Parental Substitute: Mike to Tracy, which is why she is hard hit when he decides to leave at the end of Season 1.
- Passionate Sports Girl: Jackie.
- Put on a Bus: Mike, Peter, Adele, Amber, Dolly, Hayley, Duke, Jenny, Nathan, Louise, Marco, Milly and Chantal.
- Race Lift: Elaine, who was illustrated white, is played by a British Indian actress.
- Reasonable Authority Figure: Jenny, Shelley, Sid, Mike and Duke.
- Remember the New Guy: Whenever a new season starts this can pop up. This was so bad with the season 3 introduction when there were about five new children seen that did not appear in the last season.
- Those Two Guys: Bouncer and Lol are almost always seen doing things together.
- ˇThree Amigos!: Tracy, Crash, and Jackie eventually become this. In the episode where Jackie returns to the Dumping Ground, Mike and Freddy compare them to the Three Musketeers.
- Silent Bob: Milly. She never talks in any episodes except for two episodes (one was in a dream by Tracy).
- Trademark Favorite Food: Jenny and the kids are frequently seen munching on a chocolate bar.
- Zany Scheme: Usually thought of by Zac and Ryan in series 1. Lol and Bouncer take over this role from series 2 onward.