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.
Back Story: Tracy Beaker Returns - Lily's dad from The Scare Game, Gus's dad from Secrets, Frank's grandad from Grandad and Money, Elektra's gang from Snake Bite and real family from Going Home, Carmen's mum from Viva Carmen, Tee's and Johnny's stepdad from By The Book, Sapphire's brother from The Werewolf, Toby's parents from Bad Luck Boy, and Liam's brother from Big Brother, Jody's abuse from Jody Jackson, Tyler being paranoid of his incredibly religious mother from Reward, and Harry's forgotten his by Eggs.
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.
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.
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 And he'd be the first since Jack Hopper from The Finishing Line.
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)
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.
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 halfbrother, Jonah; Sapphire and her brother Riff; Liam and his brother Jack and Jody and her brother Kingsley and Luke.
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.
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.