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 Dani Harmer
Montanna Thompson
Lisa Coleman
Nisha Nayar
Country of origin United Kingdom
No. of episodes 120 + 5 specials (list of episodes)
Production
Executive producer(s) Cas Lester (2002-2003)
Jane Dauncey (2004-2005)
Josephine Ward (2005)
Producer(s) Jane Dauncey (2002-2003)
Mia Jupp (2004, 2005)
Jane Steventon (2005)
Running time 14 minutes approx. (regular series)
69 minutes (Tracy Beaker's Movie of Me
Release
Original channel CBBC
CBBC HD
Original release 8 January 2002 – 9 December 2005
Chronology
Followed by Tracy Beaker Returns (2010–2012)
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. All of the five series have been released on DVD and the entire first series has been made available on Netflix.

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.

Synopsis[edit]

The story takes place in Britain, in a children's residential care home, narrated by its lead, Tracy Beaker. In the first three series, Tracy lives at the care home and the stories revolve around her desire to leave the home, nicknamed 'The Dumping Ground' by its residents.

After series three, the feature length "The Movie of Me" depicts Tracy meeting author Cam Lawson, who becomes Tracy's foster mother at the start of series four. The focus of the programme then shifts slightly because the plots often centre on Cam and Tracy's relationship. Back at the care home, existing characters such as Jackie, Crash, Lol and Bouncer have taken over Tracy's narrative role. With the fostering of Tracy's worst enemy, Justine Littlewood, the Wellards are introduced to 'The Dumping Ground' – Roxy, Rio and Chantal, are a trio of tough nut siblings who are the bane of every care worker's existence.

Tracy's role is reduced further in the final, fifth, series, making her first appearance in episode 4. The main narrative to start this series is Justine's, as she has been returned to the 'Dumping Ground'. When Tracy does appear, she moves back into the children's home because she is not happy with Cam's new boyfriend, Gary. Gary and Cam marry and Tracy accepts their relationship, Gary and Cam decide to adopt Tracy full-time. This ends the original series.

Production[edit]

The entire five series run of TSOTB was filmed in 3 different houses in Wales. In 2010, the sequel series Tracy Beaker Returns (TBR) was filmed in 2 houses in Newcastle. In 2013, the second Newcastle house was used in the second sequel series, The Dumping Ground.

The three care homes in TSOTB were called Stowey House (series 1-3), Cliffside (series 4) and Elm Tree (series 5). On its 2010 return in TBR, Elm Tree House was the prominent name for the care home and has remained since.

In an episode of TBR, Tracy suggests the care home has always been Elm Tree House. She shows the kids a hidden video with archive footage of TSOTB within, and also knew where it was, despite it being called Elm Tree instead of Cliffside (like it was when she left) in episode one of TBR. No reference was made of differences in the interior and exterior of the care home, and how Tracy seemed to know her way around. In the final episode of TBR, Tracy sits in a window at the bottom of the staircase and Mike says he remembers when she used to sit there years ago waiting for her Mum. The window she used to sit in was either in the dining room (now in the kitchen), the staircase (which no longer has a landing) or the living room or den.

Cast[edit]

Kids[edit]

Character Actor/Actress Duration Year(s)
Tracy Beaker Dani Harmer Series 1-5 2002-2006
Justine Littlewood Montanna Thompson Series 1-3, 4 (Guest), 5 2002-2004, 2005, 2006
Louise Goven Chelsie Padley Series 1-3 (Recurring Series 3) 2002-2004
Adele Azupadi Rochelle Gadd Series 1-2 2002-2003
Peter Ingham Joe Starrs Series 1 2002
Ryan Matthews Sonny Muslim Series 1 2002
Zac Matthews Jay Haner Series 1 2002
Maxy Jerome Holder Series 1 2002
Amber Hurst Alicia Hooper Series 2 2003
Bradley 'Bouncer' Platkova Ben Hanson Series 2-5 (Recurring Series 5) 2003-2006
Lawrence 'Lol' Platkova Ciaran Joyce Series 2-5 2003-2006
Dolly Chloe Hibbert-Waters Series 2-3 2003
Liam 'Crash' Daniels Darragh Mortell Series 3-5 2004-2006
Michael Grys William Tomlin Series 3 2004
Jackie Hopper Abby Rakic Platt Series 3-5 2004-2006
Marco Maloney Jack Edwards Series 3-5 2004-2006
Hayley Kristal Lau Series 3-4 2004-2005
Layla Cara Readle Series 3-5 2004-2006
Wilson Oliver Llewellyn Jenkins Series 3 2004
Chantal Wellard Deepal Parmar Series 4-5 2005-2006
Rio Wellard Craig Roberts Series 4-5 2005-2006
Roxy Wellard Sophie Borja Series 4-5 2005-2006
Sean "Wolfie" Lynch Felix Drake Series 4-5 2005-2006
Rebecca Chalmers Georgina Hagen Series 5 2006
Milly Saunders Holly Gibbs Series 5 2006
Alice Olivia Grant Series 5 2006

Care Workers[edit]

Character Actor/Actress Duration
Elaine 'The Pain' Boyak Nisha Nayar Series 1–5
Norman 'Duke' Ellington Clive Rowe Series 1–4
Jenny Edwards Sharlene Whyte Series 1–2
Mike Milligan Connor Byrne Series 1, 5
Leah Louisa Milwood Haigh Series 1
Nathan Jones James Cartwright Series 2–3
Shelley Appleton Nicola Reynolds Series 3, 5
Sid Rooney Vincenzo Pellegrino Series 4
Constance Carlton Christine Winter Series 4

Others[edit]

Character Actor/Actress Duration
Camilla 'Cam' Lawson Lisa Coleman Series 1–5
Ben Batambuze Luke Youngblood Series 1–2
Carly Beaker Annette Bentley/Ruth Gemmell Series 1, Movie
Steve Littlewood Stephen Crossley/Morgan Hopkins Series 1-3, 5
Carrie Littlewood Caroline Bunce/Kathrin Dimeky Series 2–3, 5
Mrs Batambuze (Ben's Mum) Natasha Williams Series 1–2
Miss Sharp Ysobel Gonzalez Series 1
Jasper Batambuze Declan Wilson Series 2
Kate Batambuze Tracy Williams Series 2
Grandpa Jack Hopper Howell Evans Series 3–4
Jake Ryan Nelson Series 3
Tom Matt Zarb Series 3
Freddy Mercer Ram John Holder Series 4-5
John Littlewood Adam Skilton Series 5
Gary George McAllister Series 5

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
N/A
2
16
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
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
1.58 million
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: 2005-06[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
999,000
1

References[edit]

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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