Series / Tracy Beaker Returns
Tracy Beaker Returns
(2010-2012) is the sequel to The Story of Tracy Beaker
which told the story of Tracy, a headstrong, imaginative girl who grew up in an orphanage after her mother left her there. That is, until she met the writer Cam who was only supposed to write an article about the children, but ended up fostering Tracy. Fast forward a few years and Tracy borrows Cam's credit card and uses a few thousand pounds to publish an autobiography. To pay back Cam's money, Tracy ends up working at her old home, the "Dumping Ground", and stays on given a chance to leave.
The show ran for 3 seasons with 39 episodes which ended with Tracy leaving the Dumping Ground again. A Spin-Off
series entitled The Dumping Ground
began airing in 2013.
- Ambiguously Brown: Faith and Jody.
- Back Story: Normally a cast member will get one episode dedicated to their characters backstory
- Cerebus Syndrome: Tracy Beaker Superstar has Tracy being arrested. The Burnywood Menace has Lily almost dying. Slow Burn/The Visitors has two fires at two care homes in quick succession and some new kids with major problems, with lots of screaming and an insensitive social worker.
- Discussed with Gus and his "Falling List".
- Series 3 in general is pretty dark compared to the previous series.
- The Dumping Ground's season opener Home Alone features grenades. And then, as for the "edgier" part, we have in its following episodes - someone giving birth, theft, locking children in their room, gay fostering, and some more police.
- Chekhov's Gun: Grandad is full of it.
- The mention that Cam might foster - she fosters Lily two episodes later. And all the kids being moved to Burnywood at the Series 2 opener - Series 3 reverses this with Burnywood kids being moved to Elmtree.
- Chuck Cunningham Syndrome: Many predicting that Melanie ,Tracy's replacement in Tracy Beaker Returns, would appear in The Dumping Ground. But she is nowhere to be seen.
- Gina and Elektra in between The Dumping Ground Seasons 1 and 2. Faith and Rick between Seasons 2 and 3.
- Elektra and Gina vanish in between The Dumping Ground Seasons 1 and 2 with no explanation. As do Faith, Rick and Frank between TDG Season 2 and 3 respectively.
- Continuity Nod: In the original episode Time Capsule, a time capsule is buried. In new series episode Shadows, it's dug up.
- However, the Time Capsue was buried in Stowey House and they moved care homes in the next series. They all live in Elmtree House.
- Justine Littlewood Returns has a Call-Back to Jenny's clothes being stolen. Of course Jenny's name isn't mentioned, Gina's standing right there. And eating a worm.
- Deconstruction: Denis deconstructs two ideas: An unsensitive careworker who doesn't care about someone with Asperger's Syndrome, and someone who has an incredibly precious item with the idea of leaving all your things behind in a fire. When the two ideas cross, Gus almost dies. note
- Egg Sitting: One episode in series three, "Eggs", has this as a plot.
- Expy: Quite a lot of characters to the original series.
- Tracy to Nathan. (A young sometimes irresponsible worker that's often the butt of jokes)
- Johnny and Tee to Lol and Bouncer. (pair of siblings with fostering problems)
- Liam to Tracy herself. (scammer and head of the Dumping Ground)
- Johnny alone to Crash. (temper problems)
- Gus to Marco. (lonely boy with implied autism)
- Harry to Maxie. (young boy with connection to...
- Sapphire to Adele. (teenage girl who wants to move into a flat and considers herself more mature than the other kids)
- Elektra to Amber. (trouble with a gang, stirs up trouble)
- The Kettles to the Wellards. (Sisters with massive problems regarding separate fostering)
- Gina to Jenny. (foreign Distaff Counterpart to Mike)
- Gina to Duke. (large friendly care-worker to act as a vaguely responsible adult)
- Frank to Jackie. (grandad trouble, touching episode regarding said Grandad's death)
- Carmen to Louise. (girly girl who wears lots of pink)
- Extra Long Episode: In each season, the opening two episodes would be broadcast together into an hour long format and then split into two 30 minute episodes on later airings. This has also happened with the show's spin-off The Dumping Ground. Funnily enough, it is the compilation broadcasts that cut material, while the individual episodes are aired intact.
- Greater-Scope Villain: The Council who are responsible for the recurring plots of budget cuts and attempted closures.
- He Who Fights Monsters: Tracy becomes a careworker but she's still a rulebreaker.
- Idiot Houdini: Subverted in the opening episode of The Dumping Ground. After the kids scrounge together whatever money they have to buy food, with Frank and Tyler being sent to buy it, Frank makes the reckless decision to gamble the money. On his very last go, he wins the jackpot of £1,000. Unfortunately, he can't collect his prize money... because he's under 18.
- Jerkass: Lily, Johnny, Elektra and Bailey.
- Lily can be downright mean. I mean look at her talking to Tee in "Summer Holiday", yeah she lost their holiday but still.
- Johnny, whilst not the nicest, definitely took several levels in jerkass in the transition between Tracy Beaker Returns and The Dumping Ground.
- Elektra is the closest you'll get to a Bigbad in this series...
- But sometimes she's portrayed as Woobie, Destroyer of Worlds
- Her bullying of Carmen is kind of justified because Carmen gave her a necklace as a present then wanted it back to give it to Lily.
- Loads and Loads of Characters: Averted.
- Only Child Syndrome: Given the premise of the show it's not unlikely that this is place. The aversions are: Tee and Johnny; Faith and her brother Razz; Elektra and her sister Melissa; Lily, Rosie and Poppy and later their baby half brother, Jonah; Sapphire and her brother Riff; Liam and his brother Jack and Jody and her brothers Kingsley and Luke.
- Potty Emergency: Gus during "Anarchy in the DG", when Sapphire had moved the bathroom lock to be fixed onto her bedroom door. Instead, he forces himself to "go" inside Sapphire's bedroom.
- Put on a Bus: Downplayed - the first shows rotated kids a lot, but only 2 kids have permanently left in the new show. Toby and Liam, also Sapphire in the Dumping Ground.
- As of The Dumping Ground, at least two major characters will leave.
- To a keep a tally of those who have left: Toby, Liam, Poppy, Rosie, Sapphire, Gus, Elektra, Lily, Rick, Faith, Frank and Johnny. With Tracy and Gina as well
- Shouldn't We Be in School Right Now?: Played straight. The Dumping Ground is full of kids that are all of school age and none of them ever go to school nor is school ever mentioned. It's not even hand-waved by saying that they are all on the summer holiday; it is almost as if school doesn't exist in this universe.
- Sixth Ranger: Elektra.
- Teenage Wasteland: In the two-part first episode of The Dumping Ground, Mike goes on holiday and Gina ends up in hospital shortly after he leaves, meaning that for several days the kids are completely without adult supervision - hilarity (and drama) ensues.
- Toilet Humour: There's a massive fart in Money. It's never stated who did it though, it's completely irrelevant to the plot, and at the time, it's ignored by the characters.
- Out 160 episodes of the show (including the original and The Movie) currently aired, only four episodes have this - a dog poo in the old series, plastic poo in Slow Burn and the real poo in Drained.
- Unexplained Accent: Johnny and Tee are siblings and grew up together, he has a Yorkshire accent and hers is RP.
- Villain Ball: Most of the kids pick this up in "Family Values".
- What Happened to the Mouse?: Did Tracy repay Cam? We will never know.
- Where the Hell Is Springfield?: For quite some time, the show took place in the fictional "Pottiswood", which was ambiguously placed not too far South. The mishmash of accents all the kids have does not help matters. However, by The Dumping Ground Season 4, Pottiswood was revealed to be near Newcastle, where the series is filmed.
- Zany Scheme: The kids involved in the main subplot usually are doing this