The Dumping Ground

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The Dumping Ground
The Dumping Ground Title Card
GenreChildren's drama
Based onThe Story of Tracy Beaker
by Jacqueline Wilson
Directed by
  • Craig Lines
  • Stewart Svaasand
  • Diana Patrick
  • Nigel Douglas
  • Sallie Aprahamian
  • Roberto Bangura
  • Sarah Walkerhr
  • Noreen Kershaw
Starring
Theme music composerJeremy Holland-Smith
Composer(s)Jeremy Holland-Smith (Series 1)
Simon Rogers (Series 2-Present)[1]
Country of originUnited Kingdom
Original language(s)English
No. of series6
No. of episodes105 (list of episodes)
Production
Executive producer(s)
  • Foz Allan (series 1)
  • Lis Steele (series 2–3)
  • Lucy Martin (series 4)
  • Kim Crowther (series 4)
  • Jonathan Phillips (series 5–6)
Producer(s)
  • Louise Sutton
  • Simon Nelson
  • Philip Leach
  • Gert Thomas
Cinematography
  • Chris Goodger
  • Steve Buckland
  • Rich Mahoney
Editor(s)Natasha Wilkinson
Camera setupMulti-camera
Running time28 minutes (regular episodes)
Production company(s)BBC
DistributorBBC Worldwide
Release
Original network
Picture formatHDTV 1080i
Original release4 January 2013 (2013-01-04) – present
Chronology
Preceded byTracy Beaker Returns
Related shows
External links
The Dumping Ground

The Dumping Ground (also informally referred to as TDG) is an award-winning British children's television drama series that focuses on the lives and experiences of young people and their care workers in care, broadcast on CBBC since 4 January 2013. The series is a spin-off to Tracy Beaker Returns and the first series, consisting of thirteen, thirty-minute episodes, was commissioned in early 2012.[2][3] A second series, also with thirteen, thirty-minute episodes, was announced in 2013.[4] The third and fourth series, announced in 2014 and 2015 respectively, both had an increase in episodes: twenty, thirty-minute episodes.[5] In 2016, it was confirmed that two further series, with 24 episodes in each series, would be made.[6][7] An eighth series was announced in 2018.[8]

The Dumping Ground was initially aimed at CBBC's target audience of 6 to 12-year-olds, but is also popular with older children and families, and is now aimed at their maturing fans, up to age 16.[9] The Dumping Ground broadcast its 100th episode on 16 March 2018, which was the tenth episode of series six.[10]

Plot[edit]

The series revolves around the life of children in the Ashdene Ridge (previously Elm Tree House) care home; typically each episode follows one or more characters' life and includes subplots featuring other characters. The Dumping Ground deals with issues related to the care system as well as social issues such as friendships, family, relationships, mental health, adolescence and LGBT parenting.[9]

Episodes[edit]

Cast and characters[edit]

Spin-offs[edit]

Since its inception, The Dumping Ground has had four spin-offs. The Dumping Ground Survival Files aired for two series from 6 January to 12 December 2014.[11] Webisode series Liam's Story aired from 17 January to 14 March 2014 and aired in a full episode on television on 23 March 2014. The series followed the character of Liam O'Donovan, played by Richard Wisker, after his life in care.[12] In November 2015, a five-part miniseries aired, titled The Dumping Ground Dish Up, that featured five former cast members - Joe Maw, Jessie Williams, Chris Slater, Jessica Revell and Saffron Coomber - in character and showing how to make different dishes.[13] The Dumping Ground: I'm..., another webisode series where young people and staff describe living and working in care, aired for two series from 25 January 2016 to 9 February 2017.[14][15][16][17][18][19][20][21][22][23] On 6 April 2018, a five-part mini webisode series was released called Sasha's Contact Meeting, which followed Sasha with her social worker planning her pathway plan for when she leaves care.[24]

Production and casting[edit]

Amy-Leigh Hickman announced that The Dumping Ground had been commissioned in March 2012. Like in Tracy Beaker Returns, the former La Sagesse school was used for The Dumping Ground set and the first series was filmed in summer 2012. Additional scenes are shot across the North East of England.[3][25] The exterior set is filmed at Rowlands Gill, Tyne and Wear whilst the former Loansdean fire station in Morpeth, Northumberland has been used for The Dumping Ground interior set since the second series when La Sagesse school was sold to property developers, with additional filming across the North East.[6][26][27] To portray life accurately in a children's care home, the show works with children's advocate, Bev Costello, who acts as an adviser.[9]

All the main cast, apart from Dani Harmer and Saffron Coomber, from the last episode of the third series of Tracy Beaker Returns reprised their roles and Leanne Dunstan, Reece Buttery and Sarah Rayson were cast as Faith Davis, Mo Michaels and Floss Guppy respectively.[3][28][29] Stacy Liu joined as new care worker May-Li Wang from the 2013 Christmas special and Kasey McKellar joined as Bailey Wharton in series two.[30]

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 [31]
2
3 11 January 2013 (2013-01-11) 684,000 1 1,072,000 [31]
4 18 January 2013 (2013-01-18) 500,000 1 1,076,000 [31]
5 25 January 2013 (2013-01-25) 631,000 1 TBA TBA
6 1 February 2013 (2013-02-01) 545,000 1 943,000 [32]
7 8 February 2013 (2013-02-08) 594,000 1 810,000 [32]
8 15 February 2013 (2013-02-15) 486,000 2 TBA TBA
9 22 February 2013 (2013-02-22) 463,000 1 TBA TBA
10 1 March 2013 (2013-03-01) 438,000 1 977,000 [33]
11 8 March 2013 (2013-03-08) 422,000 2 928,000 [33]
12 15 March 2013 (2013-03-15) 479,000 2 877,000 [33]
13 649,000 1 823,000 [33]
Special 16 December 2013 (2013-12-16) 504,000 N/A 1 913,000 [34]
2 1 10 January 2014 (2014-01-10) 565,000 396,000 1 1,241,000 [35]
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) Outside Top 10 Outside Top 10 TBA TBA
6 7 February 2014 (2014-02-07) Outside Top 10 Outside Top 10 TBA TBA
7 14 February 2014 (2014-02-14) 358,000 5 856,000 [36]
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 [37]
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 [38]
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 [39]
11 6 October 2015 (2015-10-06) 323,000 4 904,000 [40]
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 [41]
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 [41]
20 8 December 2015 (2015-12-08) 443,000 1 TBA TBA
4 1 29 January 2016 (2016-01-29) 370,000 290,000 1 N/A N/A
2
3 5 February 2016 (2016-02-05) 447,000 1 845,000 [42]
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 [42]
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) Outside Top 10 Outside Top 10 N/A N/A
11 30 September 2016 (2016-09-30) 285,000 2 N/A N/A
12 7 October 2016 (2016-10-07) 271,000 3 551,000 [43]
13 14 October 2016 (2016-10-14) 371,000 1 N/A N/A
14 21 October 2016 (2016-10-21) Outside Top 10 Outside Top 10 N/A N/A
15 29 October 2016 (2016-10-29) 195,000 6 N/A N/A
16 4 November 2016 (2016-11-04) 196,000 7 N/A N/A
17 11 November 2016 (2016-11-11) 207,000 10 N/A N/A
18 18 November 2016 (2016-11-18) 342,000 1 N/A N/A
19 25 November 2016 (2016-11-25) 221,000 6 N/A N/A
20 2 December 2016 (2016-12-02) N/A N/A N/A N/A
5 1 20 January 2017 (2017-01-20) 231,000 2 587,000 [44]
2
3 27 January 2017 (2017-01-27) 232,000 2 N/A N/A
4 3 February 2017 (2017-02-03) 210,000 2 619,000 [45]
5 10 February 2017 (2017-02-10) 267,000 3 N/A N/A
6 17 February 2017 (2017-02-17) 165,000 9 N/A N/A
7 24 February 2017 (2017-02-24) 182,000 8 N/A N/A
8 3 March 2017 (2017-03-03) 197,000 2 549,000 [46]
9 10 March 2017 (2017-03-10) 190,000 2 N/A N/A
10 17 March 2017 (2017-03-17) 209,000 2 N/A N/A
11 24 March 2017 (2017-03-24) 162,000 4 N/A N/A
12 31 March 2017 (2017-03-31) 147,000 2 N/A N/A
13 13 October 2017 (2017-10-13) 253,000 2 N/A N/A
14 20 October 2017 (2017-10-20) 190,000 3 N/A N/A
15 27 October 2017 (2017-10-27) 240,000 3 N/A N/A
16 3 November 2017 (2017-11-03) 230,000 1 N/A N/A
17 10 November 2017 (2017-11-10) N/A N/A N/A N/A
18 17 November 2017 (2017-11-17) 220,000 4 N/A N/A
19 24 November 2017 (2017-11-24) 183,000 6 N/A N/A
20 1 December 2017 (2017-12-01) N/A N/A N/A N/A
21 8 December 2017 (2017-12-08) 236,000 1 N/A N/A
22 15 December 2017 (2017-12-15) 251,000 2 N/A N/A
23 22 December 2017 (2017-12-22) N/A N/A N/A N/A
6 1 12 January 2018 (2018-01-12) 266,000 4 N/A N/A
2 19 January 2018 (2018-01-19) 215,000 3 N/A N/A
3 26 January 2018 (2018-01-26) N/A N/A N/A N/A
4 2 February 2018 (2018-02-02) 214,000 4 N/A N/A
5 9 February 2018 (2018-02-09) N/A N/A N/A N/A
6 16 February 2018 (2018-02-16) 223,000 2 N/A N/A
7 23 February 2018 (2018-02-23) 239,000 2 N/A N/A
8 2 March 2018 (2018-03-02) 194,000 8 N/A N/A
9 9 March 2018 (2018-03-09) 283,000 2 N/A N/A
10 16 March 2018 (2018-03-16) 153,000 10 N/A N/A
11 23 March 2018 (2018-03-23) 211,000 2 N/A N/A
12 30 March 2018 (2018-03-30) 211,000 2 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[47] Best Drama The Dumping Ground Won
2014 British Academy Children's Awards[48] BAFTA Kid's Vote – Television The Dumping Ground Nominated
Best Actor Kia Pegg as Jody Jackson Nominated
2015 British Academy Children's Awards[49] Best Drama The Dumping Ground Nominated
Interactive: Adapted in 2015 The Dumping Ground: You're The Boss Won
2016 Royal Television Society North East and the Border Awards Drama in 2016 The Dumping Ground Won
2016 British Academy Children's Awards[50] Best Drama The Dumping Ground Nominated
2018 Royal Television Society NETB Awards Best Drama (Long Form) Ian Kershaw for "Farvel"[51] Nominated
Performance of the Year Annabelle Davis[52] Won
Lewis G Hamilton[53] Nominated
Rising Star Jordan Barrett, Script Editor[54] Nominated
Rachel Smee, Make Up Trainee[54] Nominated
Professional Excellence – Costume and Make-up Michael Birtley[55] Won
2018 British Academy Children's Awards Performer Annabelle Davis[56] Pending

References[edit]

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  45. ^ http://downloads.bbc.co.uk/mediacentre/iplayer/iplayer-performance-feb17.pdf
  46. ^ http://downloads.bbc.co.uk/mediacentre/iplayer/iplayer-performance-apr17.pdf
  47. ^ "Children's in 2013".
  48. ^ "Children's in 2014".
  49. ^ "Children's in 2015".
  50. ^ "Children's in 2016".
  51. ^ "Drama in 2018".
  52. ^ "Performance in 2018".
  53. ^ "Performance in 2018".
  54. ^ a b "Rising Star in 2018".
  55. ^ "Costume and Make-up in 2018".
  56. ^ "Children's Award Nominations 2018".
  1. ^ Up to the end of the relevant month

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