Tracy Beaker Returns
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|Tracy Beaker Returns|
|Created by||Jacqueline Wilson, and Tracy Beaker Productions Ltd|
|Country of origin||United Kingdom|
|No. of series||3|
|No. of episodes||39 (list of episodes)|
|Executive producer(s)||Josephine Ward|
|Running time||28 minutes|
|Distributor||Universal Pictures UK|
CBBC (2012) |
CBBC HD (repeats) (2013-present)
|Original release||8 January 2010– 23 March 2012|
|Preceded by||The Story of Tracy Beaker|
|Followed by||The Dumping Ground|
Tracy Beaker Returns was a British television programme. Based upon the novels by Jacqueline Wilson, it is the spin-off series to The Story of Tracy Beaker. The series stars Dani Harmer as protagonist Tracy Beaker. The third and final series ended on 23 March 2012. A spin-off entitled The Dumping Ground started airing on 4 January 2013.
When Author Tracy Beaker is arrested for using her Foster Mother, Cam's credit card to publish her autobiography, Tracy seeks refuge at the Dumping Ground, a care home where she used to live as a child. She meets the children who are intrigued by her and her story. Wanting to pay Cam back, Tracy asks The Manager, Mike for a job. As Mike is short-staffed, he agrees to hire her as an assistant care worker since she knows so much about life in care. Tracy then uses her background as a former child in care to become fully involved in the lives of those of whom she is now in charge. She is usually involved with the trouble which follows from the children's actions. She is loved by most kids in their care, Namely Johnny Taylor (Joe Maw), Tee Taylor (Mia McKenna bruce), Carmen Howle (Amy-Leigh Hickman), Lily Kettle (Jessie Williams), Liam O'Donovan (Richard Wiskar), Frank Matthews (Chris Slater), Toby Coleman (John Belll), Harry Jones (Philip Scott), and Gus Carmichael (Noah Marullo) Although despised by Elektra (Jessica Revell) and disliked but later friends with Sapphire Fox (Saffron Coomber). Series one of "Tracy Beaker Returns" has been released onto DVD.
Cast and characters
|Series||Episode No.||Airdate||Total Viewers||Series Average||CBBC Weekly Ranking||BBC iPlayer requests[a]||Source|
|1||1||8 January 2010||828,000||547,000||1||565,000|||
|3||15 January 2010||699,000||1||N/A||N/A|
|4||22 January 2010||564,000||1||N/A||N/A|
|5||29 January 2010||594,000||1||N/A||N/A|
|6||5 February 2010||485,000||1||N/A||N/A|
|7||12 February 2010||550,000||1||N/A||N/A|
|8||19 February 2010||432,000||2||N/A||N/A|
|9||26 February 2010||423,000||1||N/A||N/A|
|10||5 March 2010||503,000||1||324,000|||
|11||12 March 2010||512,000||1||N/A||N/A|
|12||19 March 2010||447,000||2||N/A||N/A|
|13||26 March 2010||524,000||1||N/A||N/A|
|2||1||7 January 2011||548,000||519,000||1||451,000|||
|3||14 January 2011||426,000||1||N/A||N/A|
|4||21 January 2011||374,000||1||N/A||N/A|
|5||28 January 2011||482,000||1||N/A||N/A|
|6||4 February 2011||498,000||1||636,000|||
|7||11 February 2011||567,000||1||580,000|||
|8||18 February 2011||583,000||1||477,000|||
|9||25 February 2011||623,000||1||N/A||N/A|
|10||4 March 2011||611,000||1||556,000|||
|11||11 March 2011||596,000||1||625,000|||
|12||18 March 2011||463,000||1||N/A||N/A|
|13||25 March 2011||453,000||1||N/A||N/A|
|3||1||6 January 2012||856,000||727,000||1||756,000|||
|3||13 January 2012||874,000||1||688,000|||
|4||20 January 2012||856,000||1||612,000|||
|5||27 January 2012||748,000||1||N/A||N/A|
|6||3 February 2012||781,000||1||831,000|||
|7||10 February 2012||704,000||1||980,000|||
|8||17 February 2012||646,000||1||730,000|||
|9||24 February 2012||631,000||1||676,000|||
|10||2 March 2012||608,000||1||802,000|||
|11||9 March 2012||728,000||1||723,000|||
|12||16 March 2012||631,000||1||596,000|||
|13||23 March 2012||659,000||1||607,000|||
Development and production
In March 2009, the BBC announced the new 13-part series under the working title Beaker's Back!. The series was filmed in the old La Sagesse school in Jesmond, Newcastle upon Tyne in the summer of 2009, and directed by Neasa Hardiman, Craig Lines and Michael Davies.
In February 2010, it was announced that Tracy Beaker Returns would be renewed for a second series to air in 2011. Filming took place throughout summer and autumn of 2010 and premiered on 7 January 2011.
It was announced on 12 March 2011 that a third series has been commissioned to be filmed entirely in the North East. The third series later premiered on 6 January 2012.
The Dumping Ground is now in its sixth season. Although many Tracy Beaker Returns' characters have gone - with just Tyler, Jody and Mike left in the DG - it is still incredibly popular.
Awards and nominations
It won Children's BAFTA on 28 November 2010 for best drama. On the same night, Dani Harmer and Richard Wisker received nominations in the performer category. It also won a Royal Television Award in 2011, in the Children's Drama Category.
|2010 Children's BAFTA Awards||BAFTA Kids' Vote Television||Tracy Beaker Returns||Nominated|
|2010 Children's BAFTA Awards||Children's Drama||Tracy Beaker Returns||Won|
|2010 Children's BAFTA Awards||Children's Performer||Dani Harmer||Nominated|
|2010 Children's BAFTA Awards||Children's Performer||Richard Wisker||Nominated|
|2011 Children's BAFTA Awards||BAFTA Kids' Vote Television||Tracy Beaker Returns||Nominated|
|2011 Royal Television Awards||Children's Drama||Tracy Beaker Returns||Won|
|2012 Children's BAFTA Awards||BAFTA Kids' Vote Television||Tracy Beaker Returns||Nominated|
|2012 Children's BAFTA Awards||Children's Drama||Tracy Beaker Returns||Nominated|
|2012 Children's BAFTA Awards||Children's Writer||Elly Brewer||Nominated|
- Up to the end of the relevant month
- Damian Kavanagh, Controller CBBC (21 March 2012). "Media Centre - cbbc commissions the dumping ground". BBC. Retrieved 7 August 2012.
- "Weekly Top 10 Programmes". Barb.co.uk. 29 July 2012. Archived from the original on 13 January 2013. Retrieved 7 August 2012.
- "PowerPoint Presentation" (PDF).
- "CBBC orders up more original drama for children as Tracy Beaker returns to the BBC in 2010". BBC Press Office (Press release). BBC. 26 March 2009. Retrieved 6 January 2010.
- "Tyneside return for Tracy Beaker". 2 October 2009.
- "Tracy Beaker returns as CBBC commissions more drama from the North East, plus a Newsround special on living in foster care". BBC Press Office (Press release). BBC. Retrieved 15 March 2010.
- "Press Office - Tracy Beaker returns to the North East" (Press release). BBC. Retrieved 12 November 2011.
- "Tracy Beaker Returns wins a Bafta". screenterrior. Retrieved 8 January 2011.