The Dumping Ground

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The Dumping Ground
TDG
Genre Children's comedy-drama
Based on "The book
by Jacqueline Wilson
Directed by
  • Craig Lines
  • Stewart Svaasand
  • Diana Patrick
  • Nigel Douglas
  • Sallie Aprahamian
  • Roberto Bangura
Starring
Theme music composer Jeremy Holland-Smith
Composer(s) Jeremy Holland-Smith
Country of origin United Kingdom
Original language(s) English
No. of series 3
No. of episodes 37 (list of episodes)
Production
Executive producer(s)
Producer(s)
  • Louise Sutton
  • Simon Nelson
  • Philip Leach
Editor(s) Natasha Wilkinson
Location(s) Newcastle upon Tyne
Cinematography
  • Chris Goodyear
  • Steve Buckland
Camera setup Multi-camera
Running time 27–28 minutes
Production company(s) BBC
Distributor BBC Worldwide
Release
Original channel
Original release 4 January 2013 (2013-01-04) – present
Chronology
Related shows Tracy Beaker Returns
External links
The Dumping Ground

The Dumping Ground is a BAFTA-winning[1] British children's comedy-drama that focuses on the lives and experiences of young people and their care workers in care. Filmed around Jesmond, the setting for the first series was 'Elm Tree House',[2] which was later replaced with 'Ashdene Ridge' from the second series onwards. A spin-off to Tracy Beaker Returns, the series was commissioned in early 2012 and first broadcast on CBBC and the now-defunct BBC HD on 4 January 2013.[3][4]

The Dumping Ground has, as of 2015, aired three series. The first premiered on 4 January 2013 and aired until 15 March of that year. This was followed by a one-off Christmas special on 16 December 2013. The second series aired from 10 January–28 March 2014. A third series of twenty episodes was split into multiple parts, with the first ten episodes broadcast in January 2015, while the remaining episodes are expected to air in September 2015.[5]

A fourth series of twenty half-hour episodes was confirmed by broadcaster CBBC in mid-December 2014.[6] These episodes will air in 2016. A fifth series of twenty episodes was announced in May 2015.

Premise[edit]

The premise of the series revolves around life of children in a care home. The first series of 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.[7]

Episodes[edit]

Characters[edit]

Ratings[edit]

  • The first series averaged 543,000 viewers per episode. The second series averaged 380,000 viewers per episode.

Series 1[edit]

Episode No. Airdate Viewers CBBC Weekly Ranking BBC iPlayer requests [nb 1] Source
1 4 January 2013 625,000 1 1,479,000 [8]
2
3 11 January 2013 684,000 1 1,072,000 [8]
4 18 January 2013 500,000 1 1,076,000 [8]
5 25 January 2013 631,000 1 N/A N/A
6 1 February 2013 545,000 1 943,000 [9]
7 8 February 2013 594,000 1 810,000 [9]
8 15 February 2014 486,000 2 N/A N/A
9 22 February 2013 463,000 1 N/A N/A
10 1 March 2013 438,000 1 977,000 [10]
11 8 March 2013 422,000 2 928,000 [10]
12 15 March 2013 479,000 2 877,000 [10]
13 649,000 1 823,000 [10]

Special[edit]

Episode No. Airdate Viewers CBBC Weekly Ranking BBC iPlayer requests Source
1 16 December 2013 504,000 1 913,000 [11]

Series 2[edit]

Episode No. Airdate Viewers CBBC Weekly Ranking BBC iPlayer requests Source
1 10 January 2014 565,000 1 1,241,000 [12]
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 TBA N/A N/A N/A
6 7 February 2014 TBA N/A N/A N/A
7 14 February 2014 358,000 5 856,000 [13]
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

Series 3A[edit]

Episode No. Airdate Viewers CBBC Weekly Ranking BBC iPlayer requests Source
1 16 January 2015 269,000 3 1,400,000 [14]
2
3 23 January 2015 298,000 1 N/A N/A
4 30 January 2015 248,000 1 N/A N/A
5 6 February 2015 247,000 3 950,000 [15]
6 13 February 2015 251,000 1 N/A N/A
7 20 February 2015 255,000 2 N/A N/A
8 27 February 2015 332,000 2 N/A N/A
9 6 March 2015 274,000 1 N/A N/A
10 13 March 2015 306,000 1 826,000 [16]

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[17] BAFTA Kid's Vote - Television The Dumping Ground Nominated
Best Actor Kia Pegg as Jody Jackson Nominated

References[edit]

  1. ^ BBC Children's scoops nine awards at Children's BAFTAs. BBC. 25 November 2013. Retrieved 29 December 2013.
  2. ^ Lawson, Rush (8 October 2012). "Old La Sagesse school is location for new CBBC show". Evening Chronicle. (Trinity Mirror). Retrieved 18 January 2015. 
  3. ^ "CBBC commissions The Dumping Ground". BBC. 21 March 2012. Retrieved 18 January 2015. 
  4. ^ "BBC to launch five new HD channels as Freeview expands". BBC News. 16 July 2013. Retrieved 18 January 2015. 
  5. ^ "BBC - Identical twins from Hertfordshire cast in new series of CBBC's The Dumping Ground - Media centre". 
  6. ^ "BBC - CBBC Productions celebrates a raft of new in-house commissions - Media centre". 
  7. ^ La Sagesse Development Site. David Wilson Homes. 2014. Retrieved 5 April 2014.
  8. ^ a b c http://downloads.bbc.co.uk/mediacentre/iplayer/iplayer-performance-jan13.pdf
  9. ^ a b http://downloads.bbc.co.uk/mediacentre/iplayer/iplayer-performance-feb13.pdf
  10. ^ a b c d http://downloads.bbc.co.uk/mediacentre/iplayer/iplayer-performance-mar13.pdf
  11. ^ http://downloads.bbc.co.uk/mediacentre/iplayer/iplayer-performance-dec13.pdf
  12. ^ http://downloads.bbc.co.uk/mediacentre/iplayer/iplayer-performance-jan14.pdf
  13. ^ http://downloads.bbc.co.uk/mediacentre/iplayer/iplayer-performance-feb14.pdf
  14. ^ http://downloads.bbc.co.uk/mediacentre/iplayer/iplayer-performance-jan15.pdf
  15. ^ http://downloads.bbc.co.uk/mediacentre/iplayer/iplayer-performance-feb15.pdf
  16. ^ http://downloads.bbc.co.uk/mediacentre/iplayer/iplayer-performance-mar15.pdf
  17. ^ "Children's in 2014". 
  1. ^ Up to the end of the relevant month

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