The Dumping Ground

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For the current on hold series, see The Dumping Ground (series 4).
The Dumping Ground
The Dumping Ground Title Card
Genre Children's drama
Based on The book 
by Jacqueline Wilson
Directed by
  • Craig Lines
  • Stewart Svaasand
  • Diana Patrick
  • Nigel Douglas
  • Sallie Aprahamian
  • Roberto Bangura
  • Sarah Walker
  • Noreen Kershaw
Starring Current cast
Theme music composer Jeremy Holland-Smith
Composer(s) Jeremy Holland-Smith
Country of origin United Kingdom
Original language(s) English
No. of series 4
No. of episodes 57 (list of episodes)
Production
Executive producer(s)
Producer(s)
  • Louise Sutton
  • Simon Nelson
  • Philip Leach
Editor(s) Natasha Wilkinson
Cinematography
  • Chris Goodger
  • Steve Buckland
Camera setup Multi-camera
Running time 28 minutes (regular episodes)
Production company(s) BBC
Distributor BBC Worldwide
Release
Original network
Picture format HDTV 1080i
Original release 4 January 2013 (2013-01-04) – present (present)
Chronology
Preceded by Tracy Beaker Returns (2010–12)
Related shows
External links
The Dumping Ground

The Dumping Ground is a 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',[1] 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.[2][3]

Premise[edit]

The premise of the series revolves around the life of children in the Ashdene Ridge care home; typically each episode follows one or more characters' adventures and includes subplots featuring other characters. Episodes frequently include moral messages and tackle social issues.

The first series of The Dumping Ground was announced in 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', because La Sagesse School and its surrounding land was to be demolished and converted into a luxury housing estate.[4] Each series is filmed in the summer, before being shown the following year.

Episodes[edit]

The Dumping Ground is airing its fourth series. The first half of the fourth series premiered on 29 January 2016, and ended on 25 March, the same year, it consisted of 10 episodes. Series 4B will begin on 30 September 2016, and conclude on 2 December 2016, with another 10 episodes. The shows first two episodes 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 until 28 March 2014. A third series of twenty episodes was split into two parts, with the first ten episodes airing from 16 January until 13 March 2015 (which saw Joe Maw leave) while the remaining episodes aired from 6 October until 8 December 2015.[5] A fifth series (again splitting into two halves; consisting of ten half-hour episodes each part) was confirmed by broadcaster CBBC in May 2015, to air in 2017.

There has been a 2013 Christmas special and online TV spin-off Liam's Story, which received a TV broadcast on 23 March 2014. Another TV spin-off series entitled 'The Dumping Ground: I'm...' aired from 25 January 2016 until 10 February 2016, when all the residents and care workers gathered round the TV and watched 'my life in care' videos. It consisted of 10 episodes.

Series Episodes Originally aired
First aired Last aired
1 13 4 January 2013 (2013-01-04) 15 March 2013 (2013-03-15)
Special 16 December 2013 (2013-12-16)
2 13 10 January 2014 (2014-01-10) 28 March 2014 (2014-03-28)
3 20 10 16 January 2015 (2015-01-16) 13 March 2015 (2015-03-13)
10 6 October 2015 (2015-10-06) 8 December 2015 (2015-12-08)
4 20 10 29 January 2016 (2016-01-29) 25 March 2016 (2016-03-25)
TBA TBA TBA
Special 25 March 2016 (2016-03-25)

Characters[edit]

The series revolves around a group of children living in a care home with all the troubles and dramas that happen within their lives. The longest-serving character is Mike Milligan, who previously appeared in "The Story of Tracy Beaker" in 2002 and 2006, and then reappeared in "Tracy Beaker Returns" (2010–12); he has featured in 56 of 58 episodes of "The Dumping Ground" since then.

Ratings[edit]

Series No. Episode No. Airdate Viewers Avg. Viewers CBBC Weekly Ranking BBC iPlayer requests [nb 1] Source
1 1 4 January 2013 (2013-01-04) 625,000 545,000 1 1,479,000 [6]
2 11 January 2013 (2013-01-11) 567,000 1 1,078,000 [6]
3 18 January 2013 (2013-01-18) 684,000 1 1,072,000 [6]
4 25 January 2013 (2013-01-25) 500,000 1 1,076,000 [6]
5 1 February 2013 (2013-02-01) 631,000 1 TBA TBA
6 8 February 2013 (2013-02-08) 545,000 1 943,000 [7]
7 15 February 2013 (2013-02-15) 594,000 1 810,000 [7]
8 22 February 2013 (2013-02-22) 486,000 2 TBA TBA
9 1 March 2013 (2013-03-01) 463,000 1 TBA TBA
10 8 March 2013 (2013-03-08) 438,000 1 977,000 [8]
11 15 March 2013 (2013-03-15) 422,000 2 928,000 [8]
12 22 March 2013 (2013-03-22) 479,000 2 877,000 [8]
13 5 April 2013 (2013-04-05) 649,000 1 823,000 [8]
Special 16 December 2013 (2013-12-16) 504,000 N/A 1 913,000 [9]
2 1 10 January 2014 (2014-01-10) 565,000 396,000 1 1,241,000 [10]
2
3 17 January 2014 (2014-01-17) 322,000 2 TBA TBA
4 24 January 2014 (2014-01-24) 449,000 1 TBA TBA
5 31 January 2014 (2014-01-31) TBA TBA TBA TBA
6 7 February 2014 (2014-02-07) TBA TBA TBA TBA
7 14 February 2014 (2014-02-14) 358,000 5 856,000 [11]
8 21 February 2014 (2014-02-21) 341,000 1 TBA TBA
9 28 February 2014 (2014-02-28) 382,000 2 TBA TBA
10 7 March 2014 (2014-03-07) 467,000 1 TBA TBA
11 14 March 2014 (2014-03-14) 361,000 1 TBA TBA
12 21 March 2014 (2014-03-21) 412,000 1 TBA TBA
13 28 March 2014 (2014-03-28) 302,000 2 TBA TBA
3 1 16 January 2015 (2015-01-16) 269,000 311,000 3 1,400,000 [12]
2
3 23 January 2015 (2015-01-23) 298,000 1 TBA TBA
4 30 January 2015 (2015-01-30) 248,000 1 TBA TBA
5 6 February 2015 (2015-02-06) 247,000 3 950,000 [13]
6 13 February 2015 (2015-02-13) 251,000 1 TBA TBA
7 20 February 2015 (2015-02-20) 255,000 2 TBA TBA
8 27 February 2015 (2015-02-27) 332,000 2 TBA TBA
9 6 March 2015 (2015-03-06) 274,000 1 TBA TBA
10 13 March 2015 (2015-03-13) 306,000 1 826,000 [14]
11 6 October 2015 (2015-10-06) 323,000 4 904,000 [15]
12 13 October 2015 (2015-10-13) 386,000 1 TBA TBA
13 20 October 2015 (2015-10-20) 355,000 2 TBA TBA
14 27 October 2015 (2015-10-27) 325,000 5 TBA TBA
15 3 November 2015 (2015-11-03) 396,000 2 755,000 [16]
16 10 November 2015 (2015-11-10) 254,000 6 TBA TBA
17 17 November 2015 (2015-11-17) 327,000 2 TBA TBA
18 24 November 2015 (2015-11-24) 360,000 1 TBA TBA
19 1 December 2015 (2015-12-01) 263,000 3 719,000 [16]
20 8 December 2015 (2015-12-08) 443,000 1 TBA TBA
4 1 29 January 2016 (2016-01-29) 370,000 1 N/A N/A
2
3 5 February 2016 (2016-02-05) 447,000 1 845,000 [17]
4 12 February 2016 (2016-02-12) 309,000 1 N/A N/A
5 19 February 2016 (2016-02-19) 237,000 7 N/A N/A
6 26 February 2016 (2016-02-26) 341,000 1 666,000 [17]
7 4 March 2016 (2016-03-04) 269,000 1 N/A N/A
8 11 March 2016 (2016-03-11) 247,000 2 N/A N/A
9 18 March 2016 (2016-03-18) 333,000 1 N/A N/A
10 25 March 2016 (2016-03-25) N/A N/A 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[18] Best Drama The Dumping Ground Won
2014 British Academy Children's Awards[19] BAFTA Kid's Vote – Television The Dumping Ground Nominated
Best Actor Kia Pegg as Jody Jackson Nominated
2015 British Academy Children's Awards[20] Children's Drama in 2015 The Dumping Ground Nominated
Interactive: Adapted in 2015 The Dumping Ground: You're The Boss Won
Royal Television Society North East and the Border Awards 2016 Drama in 2016 The Dumping Ground Won

References[edit]

  1. ^ Lawson, Rush (8 October 2012). "Old La Sagesse school is location for new CBBC show". Evening Chronicle. (Trinity Mirror). Retrieved 18 January 2015. 
  2. ^ "CBBC commissions The Dumping Ground". BBC. 21 March 2012. Retrieved 18 January 2015. 
  3. ^ "BBC to launch five new HD channels as Freeview expands". BBC News. 16 July 2013. Retrieved 18 January 2015. 
  4. ^ La Sagesse Development Site. David Wilson Homes. 2014. Retrieved 5 April 2014.
  5. ^ "Sasha storms into The Dumping Ground – CBBC – BBC". CBBC Online. (subscription required (help)). 
  6. ^ a b c d http://downloads.bbc.co.uk/mediacentre/iplayer/iplayer-performance-jan13.pdf
  7. ^ a b http://downloads.bbc.co.uk/mediacentre/iplayer/iplayer-performance-feb13.pdf
  8. ^ a b c d http://downloads.bbc.co.uk/mediacentre/iplayer/iplayer-performance-mar13.pdf
  9. ^ http://downloads.bbc.co.uk/mediacentre/iplayer/iplayer-performance-dec13.pdf
  10. ^ http://downloads.bbc.co.uk/mediacentre/iplayer/iplayer-performance-jan14.pdf
  11. ^ http://downloads.bbc.co.uk/mediacentre/iplayer/iplayer-performance-feb14.pdf
  12. ^ http://downloads.bbc.co.uk/mediacentre/iplayer/iplayer-performance-jan15.pdf
  13. ^ http://downloads.bbc.co.uk/mediacentre/iplayer/iplayer-performance-feb15.pdf
  14. ^ http://downloads.bbc.co.uk/mediacentre/iplayer/iplayer-performance-mar15.pdf
  15. ^ http://downloads.bbc.co.uk/mediacentre/iplayer/iplayer-performance-oct15.pdf
  16. ^ a b http://downloads.bbc.co.uk/mediacentre/iplayer/iplayer-performance-dec15.pdf
  17. ^ a b http://downloads.bbc.co.uk/mediacentre/iplayer/iplayer-performance-febmar-2016.pdf
  18. ^ "Children's in 2013". 
  19. ^ "Children's in 2014". 
  20. ^ "Children's in 2015". 
  1. ^ Up to the end of the relevant month

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