The Dumping Ground

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For the previous series, see Tracy Beaker Returns.
The Dumping Ground
The Dumping Ground Title Card.jpg
Title card for series two
Genre Children's television series, comedy-drama
Written by Various
Directed by Craig Lines (2013)
Stewart Svaasand (2013)
Diana Patrick (2013-2014)
Nigel Douglas (2014-2015)
Sallie Aprahamian (2014)
Roberto Bangura (2015)
Matthew Evans (2015)
Starring
Country of origin United Kingdom
Original language(s) English
No. of series 4 (2 of which still to air)[1]
No. of episodes 67 (40 of which still to air) (List of episodes)
Production
Executive producer(s) Foz Allan (2013)
Lis Steele (2014−)
Producer(s) Louise Sutton (2013)
Simon Nelson (2014)
Philip Leach (2015)[2]
Location(s) Newcastle upon Tyne
Cinematography Chris Goodger (2013-2014)
Ed Moore (2015)
Running time 28 minutes
Production company(s) CBBC & Tracy Beaker Productions Ltd (2015-present)
Broadcast
Original channel CBBC
CBBC HD
BBC HD (2013)
Picture format 576i
Original run 4 January 2013 (2013-01-04) – present
Chronology
Preceded by Tracy Beaker Returns
Related shows The Dumping Ground Survival Files
External links
Website

The Dumping Ground is a BAFTA-winning[3] British children's television series that began airing on the CBBC Channel and BBC HD from 4 January 2013. By the second series, BBC HD had become defunct so it aired on CBBC HD instead. Following Dani Harmer's decision to leave Tracy Beaker Returns, producers decided to make a new series which would follow the lives of the children and care workers that appeared in Tracy Beaker Returns. The first series is set at 'Elm Tree House', as it had been set in Tracy Beaker Returns and the final series of The Story of Tracy Beaker, while the second and third series is set at the new location of 'Ashdene Ridge'.

The first series aired from 4 January until 15 March 2013, followed by a Christmas special in December 2013. The second series aired from 10 January 2014 until 28 March 2014. A third series of 20 episodes has been confirmed and the first ten will be broadcast in January 2015. It was announced at the screening of the first episode that the second half will air in September 2015.[4]

A fourth series of twenty half-hour episodes was confirmed by broadcaster CBBC in mid-December 2014.[5] These episodes will air in 2016.

Premise[edit]

The premise of the series revolves around life of children in a care home. The first series of the The Dumping Ground was made public on 23 March 2012, when Amy-Leigh Hickman (Carmen Howle) announced it live in the CBBC office. The first series was filmed for 13 weeks at the recently closed La Sagesse School in Jesmond, Newcastle upon Tyne, the same setting used for Tracy Beaker Returns. This series was the last to feature the school as the general setting in the Tracy Beaker franchise. The second series featured a new home called 'Ashdene Ridge', due to the fact that La Sagesse School and its surrounding land was to be demolished and converted in to a Luxury Housing Estate.[6]

Episodes[edit]

Characters[edit]

Ratings[edit]

Series 1[edit]

Episode No. Airdate Viewers CBBC Weekly Ranking BBC iPlayer requests [nb 1] Source
1 4 January 625,000 1 1,479,000 [7]
2
3 11 January 684,000 1 1,072,000 [7]
4 18 January 500,000 1 1,076,000 [7]
5 25 January 631,000 1 N/A N/A
6 1 February 545,000 1 943,000 [8]
7 8 February 594,000 1 810,000 [8]
8 15 February 486,000 2 N/A N/A
9 22 February 463,000 1 N/A N/A
10 1 March 438,000 1 977,000 [9]
11 8 March 422,000 2 928,000 [9]
12 15 March 479,000 2 877,000 [9]
13 649,000 1 823,000 [9]

Special[edit]

Episode No. Airdate Viewers CBBC Weekly Ranking BBC iPlayer requests Source
1 16 December 2013 504,000 1 913,000 [10]

Series 2[edit]

Episode No. Airdate Viewers CBBC Weekly Ranking BBC iPlayer requests Source
1 10 January 2014 565,000 1 1,241,000 [11]
2
3 17 January 2014 322,000 2 N/A N/A
4 24 January 2014 449,000 1 N/A N/A
5 31 January 2014 N/A N/A N/A N/A
6 7 February 2014 N/A N/A N/A N/A
7 14 February 2014 358,000 5 856,000 [12]
8 21 February 2014 341,000 1 N/A N/A
9 28 February 2014 382,000 2 N/A N/A
10 7 March 2014 467,000 1 N/A N/A
11 14 March 2014 361,000 1 N/A N/A
12 21 March 2014 412,000 1 N/A N/A
13 28 March 2014 302,000 2 N/A N/A

Awards and nominations[edit]

Ceremony Award Nominee Result
2013 Writers' Guild of Great Britain Awards Best Children's Television Script Elly Brewer for "What Would Gus Want?" Won
Emma Reeves for "The Truth is Out There" Nominated
2013 British Academy Children's Awards Best Drama The Dumping Ground Won
2014 British Academy Children's Awards[13] BAFTA Kid's Vote - Television The Dumping Ground Nominated
Best Actor Kia Pegg as Jody Jackson Nominated

References[edit]

  1. ^ Up to the end of the relevant month

External links[edit]