The Story of Tracy Beaker (TV series)

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The Story of Tracy Beaker
The Story of Tracy Beaker Title Card.jpg
The Story of Tracy Beaker title card
Created byJacqueline Wilson (Books)
StarringList of Tracy Beaker series characters
Opening theme"Someday" sung by Keisha White.
Country of originUnited Kingdom
No. of episodes120 + 5 specials (list of episodes)
Production
Executive producer(s)Cas Lester (2002–03)
Jane Dauncey (2004–05)
Josephine Ward (2006–07)
Producer(s)Jane Dauncey (2002–03)
Mia Jupp (2004–05)
Jane Steventon (2006–07)
Running time14 minutes (regular episode)
69 minutes (Tracy Beaker's Movie of Me)
30 minutes (Parties With Pudsey)
Production company(s)
Release
Original networkCBBC
CBBC HD
Original release8 January 2002 –
9 December 2005
Chronology
Followed byTracy Beaker Returns (2010–12)
The Dumping Ground (2013–)
Related showsTracy 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. Many of the episodes have been released on official DVD compilations, and the entire series was briefly available for purchase alongside a magazine based on the show.

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 Jenny, Duke, Mike, Justine, Louise, and Ben.

Cast and characters[edit]

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 6 2002–2005 60 (12 episodes per series) + The Movie of Me 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

Repeats[edit]

When the series ended, repeats of the series were shown almost continuously on the CBBC channel until 24th March 2016 (stopping part-way through series 5). However, all episodes were released on the BBC iPlayer in July 2017 and remained there until the end of the year. The episodes returned in September 2018, and on 2 December 2018, Tracy Beaker:movie of me was shown again, followed by two episodes of the show on 3 and 4th December 2018. [1]

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.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Tracy Beaker – Best of Me Series 1 [DVD]". amazon.co.uk. Retrieved 9 September 2011.
  2. ^ "Tracy Beaker – More of Me [DVD]". amazon.co.uk. Retrieved 9 September 2011.
  3. ^ "Tracy Beaker – Starring Me [DVD]". amazon.co.uk. Retrieved 9 September 2011.
  4. ^ "Tracy Beaker – Totally Me – Series 4 [DVD]". amazon.co.uk. Retrieved 9 September 2011.
  5. ^ "Tracy Beaker – Farewell From Me [DVD]". amazon.co.uk. Retrieved 9 September 2011.
  6. ^ "Tracy Beaker – The Boxset of Me [DVD]". amazon.co.uk. Retrieved 9 September 2011.
  7. ^ "Tracy Beaker – The Movie of Me [DVD]". amazon.co.uk. Retrieved 9 September 2011.

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