The Story of Tracy Beaker (TV series)

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The Story of Tracy Beaker
Tracy Beaker.png
Title Board Series 5
Created by Jacqueline Wilson (Books)
Starring List of Tracy Beaker series characters
Opening theme "Watcha Gonna Do/Someday" sung by Keisha White.
Country of origin United Kingdom
No. of episodes 120 + 5 specials (list of episodes)
Production
Executive producer(s) Cas Lester (2002–03)
Jane Dauncey (2004–05)
Josephine Ward (2006–07)
Producer(s) Jane Dauncey (2002–03)
Mia Jupp (2004–05)
Jane Steventon (2006–07)
Running time 14 minutes (regular episode)
69 minutes (Tracy Beaker's Movie of Me)
30 minutes (Parties With Pudsey)
Production company(s)
Release
Original network CBBC
CBBC HD
Original release 8 January 2002 – 9 December 2005
Chronology
Followed by Tracy Beaker Returns (2010–12)
The Dumping Ground (2013–)
Related shows Tracy Beaker Survival Files (2011–12)
The Dumping Ground Survival Files (2014)

The Story of Tracy Beaker (also known as Tracy Beaker or TSOTB) is a British television programme adapted from the book of the same name by Jacqueline Wilson. It ran on CBBC for five series, from 2002 to 2005 and also contained a feature-length episode, Tracy Beaker's Movie of Me, broadcast in 2004, as well as a week of interactive episodes for Children in Need. The theme song was written and performed by Keisha White. Many of the episodes have been released on official DVD compilations, whilst the entire series was available for a short period to purchase alongside a magazine based on the show.

Episodes[edit]

The pilot episode aired on 8 January 2002 and the series finale aired on 9 December 2005. The show spanned a total of five series with 120 episodes in total. Series 1 introduces the characters and feel of the show. In "Tracy Returns", Tracy moves back into the Dumping Ground. Three episodes in Series 1 form the basis of the show and make the format and atmosphere easy to understand, "Sneaking in Ben" shows Tracy's friendships, "The Truth Is Revealed" shows Tracy's way of thinking and "Friend" shows Tracy's way of understanding things. Series 1 also sees the introduction of characters such as Duke, Mike, Louise, Zac, Ryan and Ben.

Cast and characters[edit]

Character Actor/Actress Role Duration Year(s)
Tracy Beaker Dani Harmer Resident, Former Resident 1x01-5x20 2002–2006
Jenny Edwards Sharlene Whyte Head Care Worker 1x01-2x26 2002–2003
Peter Ingham Joe Starrs Resident, Former Resident 1x01-1x23, 1x26 2002
Mike Milligan Connor Byrne Care Worker, Cook, Head Care Worker 1x01-1x26, 5x01-5x20 2002, 2006
Ryan Matthews Sonny Muslim Resident 1x01-1x26 2002
Zac Matthews Jay Haher Resident 2002
Louise Goven Chelsie Padley Resident, Former Resident 1x01-2x23, 3x04-3x26 2002–2004
Justine Littlewood Montanna Thompson Resident, Former Resident 1x01-Movie, 4x12, 5x01-5x20 2002–2004, 2005, 2006
Duke Ellington Clive Rowe Care Worker, Cook 1x01-4x22 2002–2005
Ben Batambuze Luke Youngblood Friend/Visitor 1x01-2x26 2002–2003
Adele Azupadi Rochelle Gadd Resident, Former Residnet 1x01-1x26, 2x02-2x26
Maxy King Jerome Holder Resident 1x01-1x26 2002
Elaine "The Pain" Boyak Nisha Nayar Social Worker, Temporary Head Care Worker 1x02-5x20 2002–2006
Cam Lawson Lisa Coleman Writer, Foster Mother 1x04-5x20
Bouncer Plakova Ben Hanson Resident, Cook, Former Resident 2x01-4x22, 5x15-5x20 2003–2005, 2006
Lol Plakova Ciaran Joyce Resident (2x01-5x19), Former Resident (5x19-5x20) 2x01-5x20 2003–2006
Dolly Chloe Hibbert-Waters Resident 2x01-3x11 2003–2004
Nathan Jones James Cartwright Trainee Care Worker, Care Worker 2x01-3x26 2003–2004
Amber Hurst Alicia Hooper Resident 2x05-2x26 2003
Marco Maloney Jack Edwards 3x01-5x18 2004–2006
Crash Daniels Darragh Mortell 3x01-5x20
Layla Cara Readle
Hayley Kristal Lau 3x01-4x10 2004–2005
Michaels Grys William Tomlin 3x01-3x26 2004
Shelley Appleton Nicola Reynolds Head Care Worker, Temporary Head Care Worker 3x01-Movie, 5x10-5x14 2004, 2006
Jackie Hopper Abby Rakic-Platt Resident 3x03-4x22, 5x06-5x20 2004–2005, 2006
Sid Rooney Vincenzo Pellegrino Head Care Worker 4x01-4x22 2005
Roxy Wellard Sophie Borja Resident 4x01-5x20 2005–2006
Chantal Wellard Deepal Parmer 4x01-5x03
Rio Wellard Craig Roberts 4x01-5x20
Wolfie Lynch Felix Drake 4x19-5x20
Rebecca Chalmers Georgina Hagen 5x01-5x20 2006
Milly Holly Gibbs 5x05-5x18
Alice Olivia Grant 5x07-5x20

DVD releases[edit]

The Story of Tracy Beaker has been released on DVD in the UK.

DVD Title No. of Disc(s) Year No. of Episodes DVD release
Region 1 Region 2 Region 4
Tracy Beaker – Best of Me – Series One 1 2002 6 6 February 2006[1]
Tracy Beaker – More of Me – Series Two 1 2003 6 22 May 2006[2]
Tracy Beaker – Starring Me – Series Three 1 2004 6 2 October 2006[3]
Tracy Beaker – Totally Me – Series Four 1 2004 6 26 March 2007[4]
Tracy Beaker – Farewell from Me – Series Five 1 2005–2006 12 7 January 2008[5]
Tracy Beaker – The Boxset of Me (Also Includes Movie of Me) 6 2002–2005 60 (12 episodes per series) 11 February 2008[6]
Tracy Beaker – The Movie of Me 1 2004 N/A 25 July 2005[7]
  • Note: All of the series DVDs and the boxset contain only the 'best' episodes of that series, the only time all of the episodes were released on DVD was in a special collector's edition set, where one DVD containing several episodes was released each week for purchase. There were 24 DVDs in all, and these are now incredibly rare to find as a complete set.[citation needed] All episodes on Series 1 – 4's DVDs are compilations so there are 6 28 minute compilations which is 12 14 minute episodes, however Series 5 contains single episodes.

Awards and nominations[edit]

Ceremony Award Nominee Result
2002 Children's BAFTA Awards Children's Drama The Story of Tracy Beaker Nominated
2003 Children's BAFTA Awards Children's Drama The Story of Tracy Beaker Nominated
2003 Children's BAFTA Awards Children's Writer Mary Morris Nominated
2004 Children's BAFTA Awards Children's Drama Tracy Beaker: The Movie of Me Nominated
2004 Children's BAFTA Awards Children's Writer – Adapted In Mary Morris Nominated
2004 Royal Television Awards Children's Award Tracy Beaker: The Movie of Me Won
2005 Children's BAFTA Awards Children's Drama The Story of Tracy Beaker Nominated

Ratings (CBBC Channel)[edit]

Series 1: 2002[edit]

Episode no. Total viewers CBBC weekly ranking
1 1,000,000 N/A
2 763,000 1
3 499,000 1
4 233,000 N/A
5 278,000 8
6 315,000 6
7 221,000 N/A
8 4,200 3
9 242,000 4
10 423,000 1
11 444,000 1
12 417,000 1
13 526,000 1
14 658,000 6
15 215,000 3
16 215 N/A
17 145,000 N/A
18 10,000 N/A
19 815,000 1
20 234,000 10
21 415,000 10
22 615,000 1
23 522,000 1
24 2,100,000 9
25 2,900,000 5
26 4,200,000 1

Series 2: 2003[edit]

Episode no. Total viewers CBBC weekly ranking
1 567,000 1
2 363,000 1
3 499,000 1
4 925,000 1
5 616,000 1
6 415,000 6
7 231,000 9
8 361,000 3
9 219,000 4
10 423,000 1
11 444,000 1
12 417,000 1
13 526,000 1
14 658,000 6
15 215,000 3
16 215,000 N/A
17 135,000 N/A
18 531,000 2
19 699,000 1
20 23,00 N/A
21 775,000 10
22 395,000 1
23 622,000 1
24 995,000 1
25 395,000 1
26 1,580,000 1

Series 3: 2003–2004[edit]

Episode no. Total viewers CBBC weekly ranking
1 519,000 1
2 716,000 1
3 422,000 1
4 513,000 1
5 689,000 1
6 389,000 1
7 458,000 1
8 684,000 1
9 409,000 1
10 399,000 1
11 528,000 1
12 590,000 1
13 326,000 1
14 318,000 3
15 245,000 10
16 108,000 N/A
17 745,000 1
18 862,000 1
19 996,000 1
20 914,000 1
21 285,000 4
22 171,000 N/A
23 011,000 N/A
24 285,000 N/A
25 305,000 8
26 491,000 2

Series 4: 2004–2005[edit]

Episode no. Total viewers CBBC weekly ranking
1 299,000 N/A
2 216,000 N/A
3 312,000 6
4 355,000 3
5 924,000 1
6 909,000 1
7 958,000 1
8 922,000 1
9 925,000 1
10 999,000 1
11 861,000 1
12 475,000 3
13 138,000 N/A
14 723,000 1
15 993,000 1
16 108,000 N/A
17 745,000 1
18 862,000 1
19 996,000 1
20 914,000 1
21 311,000 2
22 898,000 1

Series 5: 2005[edit]

Episode no. Total viewers CBBC weekly ranking
1 387,000 1
2 634,000 1
3 365,000 2
4 210,000 5
5 333,000 10
6 200,000 N/A
7 777,000 1
8 531,000 1
9 900,000 1
10 322,000 9
11 866,000 1
12 215,000 10
13 138,000 N/A
14 989,000 1
15 993,000 1
16 972,000 1
17 956,000 1
18 905,000 1
19 990,000 1
20 5,999,000 1

See also[edit]

  • Punky Brewster, a U.S. TV series with largely the same premise, as well as a similar main character.
  • Lizzie McGuire, a U.S. TV series most commonly associated with the "animated thoughts/reactions" concept.

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