The Dumping Ground (series 3)

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The Dumping Ground (series 3)
The Dumping Ground Series 3 Title Card
Series Three Title Card
Country of origin United Kingdom
No. of episodes 20
Original network CBBC
Original release 16 January (2015-01-16) – 8 December 2015 (2015-12-08)
Series chronology
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List of The Dumping Ground episodes

The third series of the British children's television series The Dumping Ground began broadcasting on 16 January 2015 on CBBC and ended on 8 December 2015. The series follows the lives of the children living in the fictional children's care home of Ashdene Ridge, nicknamed by them "The Dumping Ground". It consists of twenty, thirty-minute episodes, airing in two halves in January and October 2015. It is the eleventh series in The Story of Tracy Beaker franchise.


All of the cast from the show's second series returned, with the exceptions of Daniel Pearson, the latter of which had left in the series 2 finale. Leanne Dunstan, who played Faith Davis, also left the series, but returned in episode 13 for a guest appearance. Chris Slater reprised his role as Frank Matthews in episode 20 "Refuge" for a guest appearance.



  • Diveen Henry as Sally Lewis
  • Amer Nazir as Police Officer
  • Charlie Brooks as Stephanie Branston
  • Stuart Manning as Matt Branston
  • Grant Burgin as Mr. Gordon
  • Tonya French as Mrs. Gordon
  • Martina Laird as Mrs. Underwood
  • Kiki Brooks-Truman as Maude Gordon
  • Dai Bradley as Mal
  • Avin Shah as Clive
  • Simeon Zack as Roscoe Hayden
  • Christopher Connel as Security Guard
  • Sarah Lewis Obuba as Police Officer
  • Dave Francis as Geff
  • Ray Emmet Brown as Adam Aycliffe
  • Indra Ove as Sylvie
  • Himself as Dallas Campbell
  • Natifa Mai as Maz
  • Frankie Wilson as Max
  • Isabelle Burrows-Brown as Claire Aycliffe
  • Sally Rogers as Lucy
  • Holly & Paige Robinson as Hope
  • Neil Morrissey as Keith
  • Alexander Aze as Dexter Bellman
  • Thomas and Oliver Waldram as Murphy Bellman
  • Sandy Foster as Kelly Bellman
  • Shameem Ahmed as H&S Inspector
  • Angela Murray as Trampoline Assessor
  • Kemi-Bo Jacobs as Abi
  • Leanne Dunstan as Faith Davis
  • Quinton Nyirenda as Laces
  • Simon Rouse as David
  • Donna Lavin as Caroline
  • Colin Young as Peter
  • Imogen Faires as Chanelle
  • Ashley Artus as Andy
  • Sam Cassidy as Plumber/Fireman
  • Pik-Sen Lim as PoPo
  • Dolya Gavanski as Jasna
  • Nisha Joshi as News Reporter
  • Richard Pepple as Hakim Tako
  • Christopher Slater as Frank Matthews


Casting calls confirmed that there would feature at least five new characters, including; twins Toni and Billie, played by Nelly and Gwen Currant;[1] dog Mischief, which CBBC ran a competition for viewers to name it and is played by Sage;[4] a disabled character called Finn,[5] as well as Sasha, Dexter and Ryan, played by Ruben Reuter, Annabelle Davis, Alexander Aze and Lewis Hamilton respectively. This series also saw the final appearance of Joe Maw as Johnny Taylor in the part 1 finale "Dragon Slayer".[2]


No. in
TitleDirected byWritten byOriginal air dateUK viewers
(millions) [6]
Part 1
281"Party Games (Law and Disorder - Part 1)"Roberto BanguraEmma Reeves16 January 2015 (2015-01-16)0.27
Today at Ashdene Ridge, there is a foster party. However, soon chaos springs out of nowhere as Carmen and Bailey battle over foster parents. Meanwhile, Jody is trying to convince Harry to try and get fostered, but once Jody meets a wrestling mad family, Harry's all over it. Also, Mo does something silly.
292"Grand Theft DG (Law and Disorder - Part 2)"Roberto BanguraEmma Reeves16 January 2015 (2015-01-16)0.27

New resident Ryan proves he is a force to be reckoned with. He wants the spare bedroom that Johnny has, so turns Sherlock to find out who stole the wallets from the party. Meanwhile, Harry goes to meet his new foster family, but when it's discovered who stole the wallets, it's sad news for Harry.

First Appearance: Lewis Hamilton as Ryan Reeves
303"Stuck with You"Roberto BanguraSarah-Louise Hawkins23 January 2015 (2015-01-23)0.30

Carmen and Jody have a row over how should get a musical box. The row gets so bad, that Floss handcuffs them together. Not a big calamity, but then Floss loses the key! Meanwhile, Toni and Billie move into the dumping ground.

First Appearance: Gwen Currant as Billie Trent and Nelly Currant as Toni Trent
314"Mischief"Roberto BanguraDawn Harrison30 January 2015 (2015-01-30)0.25

When Bailey bumps into a homeless man who later dies, he feels guilty, and decides to become the new owner of his dog Mischief. He has to save Mischief in a week, or Mischief will be put down!

First Appearance: Sage as Mischief

Absent: Reece Buttery as Mo Michaels
325"Now You See Me"Nigel DouglasJane Eden6 February 2015 (2015-02-06)0.25
Tee is introduced to Kazima's street artist friend Roscoe and finds herself amazed by the world of art. However, Roscoe's only out for himself.
336"It's Not About the Money"Roberto BanguraJulie Dixon13 February 2015 (2015-02-13)0.25
When Tyler demands money for a magic trick, Ryan sets up an insurance scam involving the theft of the office computer which has Tee's project on it! Meanwhile, Harry's getting fostered, but Floss is taking Harry's departure badly, which leads to Jeff facing the Scissors again...
347"Fake it to Make It"Nigel DouglasDavey Jones20 February 2015 (2015-02-20)0.26
Carmen is annoyed when she finds out that she has to wear glasses as she has an audition at a modelling agency.
358"Breaking In"Nigel DouglasJeff Povey27 February 2015 (2015-02-27)0.34

The residents of The Dumping Ground head off on a day trip to a theme park.

Absent: Sage as Mischief
369"The Long Way Home"Nigel DouglasMatthew Leys6 March 2015 (2015-03-06)0.27

Ryan goes on a mission to rescue his friend Harry after he receives a surprise text from him saying "Help".

First Appearance: Ruben Reuter as Finn McLaine
3710"Dragon Slayer"Nigel DouglasJulie Dixon13 March 2015 (2015-03-13)0.31

It's the day before Johnny is due to leave for the army.

Last Appearance: Joe Maw as Johnny Taylor
Part 2
3811"Three Days (The New Girl - Part 1)"Matthew EvansDawn Harrison6 October 2015 (2015-10-06)0.35

A new girl called Sasha stops off on her way to a secure home.

First Appearance: Annabelle Davis as Sasha Bellman and Alexander Aze as Dexter Bellman
3912"Free to Good Home (The New Girl - Part 2)"Matthew EvansDawn Harrison13 October 2015 (2015-10-13)0.42
Sasha is allowed to stay at Ashdene Ridge as long as she stays within the rules, which proves to be difficult when she realises how her mischievous younger brother Dexter is struggling to cope at home...
4013"Better Than You"Matthew EvansDawn Harrison20 October 2015 (2015-10-20)0.39

If Bailey passes his review meeting he gets tickets to Wembley.

Guest Appearance: Leanne Dunstan as Faith Davis
4114"Who Are You?"Matthew EvansDavey Jones27 October 2015 (2015-10-27)0.35
Tee decides to look into Ryan's past to discredit him at his birthday party.
4215"Where Is Love?"Matthew EvansRichard Lazarus3 November 2015 (2015-11-03)0.44
Mo secures the lead role in the school play. But his delight is short-lived when he hears that his father's ill.
4316"The Goodbye Girl"Sallie AprahamianJeff Povey10 November 2015 (2015-11-10)0.26
Tyler's plan to put on a great magic show leads him to a first love with Chanelle, the mysterious daughter of a magic shop owner.
4417"Something Borrowed"Sallie AprahamianSophie Petzal17 November 2015 (2015-11-17)0.36
Carmen drops May Li's valuable antique necklace down the toilet. Now she's forced whether to tell the truth or lie.
4518"What Matters?"Sallie AprahamianJulie Dixon24 November 2015 (2015-11-24)0.36
Tee is determined to prove she can be a party animal.
4619"Coming Round"Sallie AprahamianJane Eden1 December 2015 (2015-12-01)0.31

May-Li's grandmother PoPo turns up unexpectedly and she impresses the young people with her kung-fu, so she agrees to teach them some. Jody can't decide whether to send her mum a chance birthday card as she thinks she hasn't forgiveness her for testifying against Kingsley. PoPo suggests to Jody she writes a letter addressed to her mother about her feelings and then put the letter somewhere. PoPo wants May-Li to take over the family shop, but PoPo makes it clear that her adopted children are not her family. During a kung-fu contest, Jody and Ryan are the last contenders and Jody decides if she wins, she wants his frog and Ryan wants her music box if he wins, but Jody wins. May-Li is given a family heirloom, a diary, from PoPo, meaning she has accepted May-Li's partner and children.

Absent: Amy Leigh Hickman as Carmen Howle
4720"Refuge"Sallie AprahamianEmma Reeves8 December 2015 (2015-12-08)0.45

Kazima fails her age-assessment.

Guest Appearance: Chris Slater as Frank Matthews


This series featured scripts from Emma Reeves, Richard Lazarus[7] and Sophie Petzal,[8] among others. Philip Gladwin has been confirmed as the show's new script editor.[5]

Philip Leach took over from Simon Nelson as producer and Lis Steele continued her position as executive producer. Roberto Bangura, who was worked on shows such as Waterloo Road has joined the directing team. Other directors that directed the series include; Nigel Douglas, who previously worked on The Dumping Ground; and former Wolfblood director, Matthew Evans.[9]

Production began on 16 June 2014, and was completed on 10 November 2014.[10]