The Dumping Ground (series 1)

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The Dumping Ground (series 1)
The Dumping Ground Series 1 Title Card.jpg
Series One Title Card
Country of origin United Kingdom
No. of episodes 13
Original network CBBC
BBC HD (2013)
Original release 4 January (2013-01-04) – 15 March 2013 (2013-03-15)
Series chronology
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List of The Dumping Ground episodes

The first series of the British children's television series The Dumping Ground began broadcasting on 4 January 2013, before ending on 15 March 2013 on CBBC and BBC HD. The series follows the lives of the children in care at the fictional children's care home of Elmtree House. It consists of thirteen episodes. The first series was commissioned by CBBC in 2012.[1]

Series synopsis[edit]

The first series of The Dumping Ground sees new characters Faith, Floss and Mo arriving at the Dumping Ground, with Gus (Noah Marullo) leaving the series midway through having been fostered by a lesbian couple. "The Dumping Ground" follows "Tracy Beaker Returns", with many of the later series' characters returning for the series, which sees the regulars struggling to cope with living at the Dumping Ground without a responsible adult around in the series opener, as well as Jody living at home for a short time, before Carmen & Tyler realise that she is bullied at home by her brother Kingsley and that her mother doesn't care about her and thus plot a rescue mission which results in Jody returning to the Dumping Ground. One of the younger residents, Harry, begins to get used to life without Sapphire and his pet giraffe Jeff who new resident Floss blackmailed Harry into letting her keep. Tee has a passive attitude towards things - for instance when Jody brought in presents for the children (later revealed to be Kingsley's gear, which he himself had stolen), she refused the present, stating she doesn't want it if stolen. She keeps the tablet behind, however, and keeps it to herself until she blurts it out later and apologises. She returns it however with help from Carmen where she finds that Kingsley had locked Jody in her room.



  • Connor Byrne as Mike Milligan
  • Amy-Leigh Hickman as Carmen Howle
  • Philip Graham Scott as Harry Jones
  • Mia McKenna-Bruce as Tee Taylor
  • Joe Maw as Johnny Taylor
  • Christopher John Slater as Frank Matthews
  • Kay Purcell as Gina Conway
  • Jessica Revell as Elektra Perkins
  • Daniel Pearson as Rick Barber
  • Miles Butler-Hughton as Tyler Lewis
  • Kia Pegg as Jody Jackson
  • Jessie Williams as Lily Kettle
  • Leanne Dunstan as Faith Davis
  • Sarah Rayson as Floss Guppy
  • Reece Buttery as Mo Michaels
  • Noah Marullo as Gus Carmichael


  • Craig Conway as Bomb Squad Officer
  • Jacqueline Phillips as Lydia Dillon
  • Tony Neilson as Manager
  • Sammy T. Dobson as Sarah
  • Ben Cartwright as Steve Kettle
  • Holly Quin-Ankrah as Shannay
  • Neil Armstrong as Rob
  • Victoria Alcock as Denise
  • David Avery as Kingsley
  • James Bartlett as Luke
  • Elizabeth Hall as Ronnie
  • Sara Stephens as Dawn
  • Katharine Monaghan as Social Worker
  • Ian Stewart Robinson as Police Officer
  • Adeleina Williams as Jade
  • Louise Jameson as Angel
  • Chris Simmons as Gerry
  • Ryan Enver as Builder
  • Carmen Munroe as Hattie
  • Philip Harrison as George
  • Rachel Teate as Rachel
  • Sophie Skelton as Esme
  • Selina Giles as Mrs Vasquez-Jones
  • Isaac Ssenbandeke as Razz
  • Robert Haythorne as Solly
  • Lee Lomas as Cass


Screenterrier announced the casting of characters Mo, Floss and Faith in September 2012.[2][3]


No. in
Title Directed by Written by Original air date UK viewers
(millions) [4]
1 1 "Home Alone (Freedom - Part 1)" Craig Lines Elly Brewer 4 January 2013 (2013-01-04) 0.63

Without adult supervision, the residents of Elm Tree House seize the opportunity to be free and wreak havoc. With Mike enjoying a well-deserved holiday and Gina hospitalized following the recovery of an unexploded grenade, the young people become obstreperous, driving Gus to breaking point. Faith and Elektra act as if they are actual care workers.

First Appearance: Leanne Dunstan as Faith Davis
2 2 "Liberty in the DG (Freedom - Part 2)" Craig Lines Emma Reeves 4 January 2013 (2013-01-04) 0.63
Still without their beloved care worker, the children soon realise that they are unable to fend for themselves and turn against each other. Having spent all of their money, the residents face starvation with the fridge devoured of all its contents. Meanwhile, Elektra takes advantage of the ensuing fall-out through attempting to win herself a free trip to Australia, which eventually backfires.
3 3 "Baby" Craig Lines Dawn Harrison 11 January 2013 (2013-01-11) 0.68

When Shannay, the pregnant girlfriend of Lily's dad, Steve, moves into the flat, Lily feels jealous and thus commits rebellious acts. Shannay accidentally breaks the frame of Lily's picture, which is the last straw for Lily, so, with Mike's permission, she temporarily moves back into The Dumping Ground. However, after some reassuring advice from those closest to her, Lily eventually returns to the flat and meets her new half-sibling.

Absent: Noah Murallo as Gus Carmichael
4 4 "S.O.S." Craig Lines Dawn Harrison 18 January 2013 (2013-01-18) 0.50
Jody seems happy to be back with her family, but Carmen soon discovers she lives in terror of her brother, Kingsley, and plots a rescue mission.
5 5 "What Would Gus Want?" Stewart Svaasand Elly Brewer 25 January 2013 (2013-01-25) 0.63

The Dumping Ground is divided when a same-sex couple show an interest in fostering Gus. As Johnny and Elektra debate about whether gay couples should be allowed to adopt, Gus is in turmoil about leaving the Dumping Ground and father figure Mike behind.

Last Appearance: Noah Marullo as Gus Carmichael
6 6 "The Real Faith Davis" Stewart Svaasand Heather Imani 1 February 2013 (2013-02-01) 0.55

Wicked whispers fly when the police come to see Faith, who will not say why. meanwhile Floss arvies wonders where on Earth she has been dumped when Harry informs her of the Dumping Ground's past.

First Appearance: Sarah Rayson as Floss Guppy
7 7 "The Truth Is Out There" Stewart Svaasand Emma Reeves 8 February 2013 (2013-02-08) 0.59
After bad exam results, Frank denounces school and gets himself a job in a café where he falls for the waitress, Jade, who introduces him to a psychic. Is he being taken for a ride?
8 8 "Dreamland" Stewart Svaasand Mark Burt 15 February 2013 (2013-02-15) 0.49

Rick's father, Gerry, turns up for start a fresh start with him. But are Rick and Gerry really ready? Meanwhile, Gina's mum, Hattie, turns up and Tee thinks that Mike wants Hattie in a home.

Absent: Jessie Williams as Lily Kettle
9 9 "A Day in the Past" Diana Patrick Steve Turner 22 February 2013 (2013-02-22) 0.46

It is the day of the Dumping Ground's annual day out and the Young People decide to be Edwardians for the day. However, the day is not fun when Johnny is in charge.

Absent: Leanne Dunstan as Faith Davis
10 10 "Oh, Mo!" Diana Patrick Elly Brewer 1 March 2013 (2013-03-01) 0.43

Mo is the Dumping Ground's new eccentric resident and everyone thinks he is a bit strange. especially Tyler. Tee takes pity on Mo but Mo has not had a real friend before and Tee is soon annoyed with him.

First Appearance: Reece Buttery as Mo Michaels

Absent: Jessie Williams as Lily Kettle
11 11 "Seriously Funny" Diana Patrick Matt Evans 8 March 2013 (2013-03-08) 0.42

When a big practical joke backfires, Tyler decides it is time that he grew up. Meanwhile, Lily, Carmen and Tee fall out at an unsupervised sleepover at Lily's flat.

Absent: Sarah Rayson as Floss Guppy
12 12 "Esme" Diana Patrick Nimer Rashed 15 March 2013 (2013-03-15) 0.48
Carmen alienates the Dumping Ground kids when she finds a new best friend in exotic rich girl, Esme, who gives Carmen the chance to run away to Rio with her. Will Carmen leave the Dumping Ground and more importantly the country behind.
13 13 "Scary Beasts" Diana Patrick Dawn Harrison 15 March 2013 (2013-03-15) 0.65

A face from the past comes back to haunt Faith and brings danger to the Dumping Ground. And Mo buys a 'magic' egg which unexpectedly hatches into what Johnny and Elektra believe is a venomous snake!

Last Appearance: Kay Purcell as Gina Conway and Jessica Revell as Elektra Perkins


  1. ^ "CNBC's The Dumping Ground in production in Newcastle". BBC Media Centre. 17 September 2012. Retrieved 14 February 2016. 
  2. ^ "Meet the new stars of Thev Dumping Ground". ScreenTerrier. 17 September 2012. Retrieved 6 December 2015. 
  3. ^ Davies, Katie (14 February 2013). "Killingworth girl lands role in The Dumping Ground". Chronicle Live. Retrieved 6 December 2015. 
  4. ^ Weekly Top 10 Programmes Broadcasters' Audience Research Board