Tracy Beaker Returns

More of the North East will appear on screen as the first day of principal photography for the second series of hit children’s programme Tracy Beaker Returns gets underway in the region.

Devised by multi-award winning children’s author Jacqueline Wilson and the drama team at CBBC, filming will take place from July until October in and around Newcastle and Northumberland.

Following the BBC’s commitment to give northern towns, cities and places greater exposure on screen by 2016, Peter Salmon, the first Director BBC North said: “Now we are on our second series of Tracy Beaker we will see more of Tyneside on screen and even an episode set on an orienteering course in the glorious Northumbrian countryside.”

Filmed in Jesmond, Newcastle, Tracy Beaker, played by Dani Harmer, returns back at the Dumping Ground, but now as a young adult working there with varying levels of success.

The return follows news that the first series of the show was one of the highest ever rated shows on CBBC channel.

Northern Film and Media (NFM) chief executive Tom Harvey said: “It’s absolutely fantastic that following the successful 13-part first series, the team behind Tracy Beaker have opted to return to the North East.

“With the new cast including more North East kids we are genuinely thrilled that Tracy Beaker is coming back for another series.

“To be based and filmed in the region fills a void that shows like Byker Grove left and we are working closely with the BBC to really embed the show in the North East.”

 

Lily and her sisters get fostered, leaving Carmen alone, and her loneliness leads to conflict with the other kids. Written by James Nicol and Jonathan Wolfman.

When Lily and her sisters get fostered, Tracy doesn’t take Carmen’s upset about it too seriously, encouraging her to play with someone else. But the other kids have their own issues and don’t want to play with Carmen, who becomes increasingly alienated and starts behaving deviously.

Matters come to a head over lunch when she lambasts the people in the house, especially Tracy. That night, Carmen steals something precious from all the kids and barricades herself in her room with them. Tracy is let in to talk while the kids carry out a window assault using a ladder and water bombs. The attack is prevented, resulting in Gina getting soaked.

Tracy comes to realise that Lily and her sisters had become like family to Carmen. She returns the kids’ belongings and they come to realise Carmen wasn’t thieving so much as reminding them what it’s like to lose something precious. They let Carmen back into the fold.

Lily and her sisters get fostered, leaving Carmen alone, and her loneliness leads to conflict with the other kids. Written by James Nicol and Jonathan Wolfman.

When Lily and her sisters get fostered, Tracy doesn’t take Carmen’s upset about it too seriously, encouraging her to play with someone else. But the other kids have their own issues and don’t want to play with Carmen, who becomes increasingly alienated and starts behaving deviously.

Matters come to a head over lunch when she lambasts the people in the house, especially Tracy. That night, Carmen steals something precious from all the kids and barricades herself in her room with them. Tracy is let in to talk while the kids carry out a window assault using a ladder and water bombs. The attack is prevented, resulting in Gina getting soaked.

Tracy comes to realise that Lily and her sisters had become like family to Carmen. She returns the kids’ belongings and they come to realise Carmen wasn’t thieving so much as reminding them what it’s like to lose something precious. They let Carmen back into the fold.

Tracy’s first night on duty descends into a chaotic nightmare, certain to end in disaster. Written by Elly Brewer and Ben Ward.

While Gina is out, Tracy gets the all-night shift with Mike, who is ill and takes himself off to bed. Matters soon escalate out of Tracy’s control as every kid gets increasingly hyperactive, driving Tracy mad with their own agendas.

Things come to a head after Sapphire takes the lock off the bathroom door, Gus pees in her room and Frank and Liam are dragged back to the Dumping Ground by an angry man who caught them selling Tracy’s uneaten pizzas door to door in a fake fund-raising scam.

Tracy is convinced she’ll get the sack as Gina arrives back, panicked by what Harry told her on the phone. But she finds the kids tucked up in bed as they should be – Harry’s story passed off as a bad dream.

Tempers reach boiling point when Tracy comes between brother and sister. Written by Steven Turner.

Tracy is told to enforce the cleaning rotas and, believing it will help get him and Tee fostered, Johnny starts volunteering himself and Tee for everyone’s chores in return for gold stars in his file.

Tracy feels Johnny is bullying Tee and promises her gold stars no matter what she does. Tee starts behaving badly, climbs the big tree in the garden and gets stuck. Johnny blames Tracy and Tee falls, narrowly escaping serious injury thanks to an intervention by Toby.

Tracy believes she’ll get sacked but none of the kids have told Mike or Gina about it and her intervention has brought Johnny to a closer understanding with his sister and a realisation he has anger issues.

Toby believes his life is jinxed and Tracy makes it worse by writing about him. Meanwhile, Sapphire has plans for a night out alone. Written by Jonathan Evans.

Toby is convinced that his life is jinxed, inspiring Tracy to write a funny column called “Bad Luck Boy”. He becomes the butt of everyone’s jokes and Tracy sets about making amends before he meets some prospective foster parents.

Meanwhile, she clashes with Sapphire about tickets her father has sent her for a concert he’s a roadie at. Mike and Gina won’t let Sapphire go but Sapphire intends going anyway and during an argument with Tracy rips up the tickets. Toby gets Sapphire to draw a tarot card to see what his future will be. When she draws the death card Toby freaks out. Tracy and Sapphire persuade him the card symbolises a new beginning.

Toby tells the foster parents he wants to stay at the Dumping Ground. Sapphire is told she can go to the concert with Tracy but Johnny has flushed the torn tickets down the loo.

With a published book and TV appearance Tracy’s grown-up life is going well – until she gets arrested. Written by Elly Brewer and Ben Ward.

Tracy gets arrested after using Cam’s credit card to vanity-publish her autobiography. Fearing Cam’s wrath, Tracy runs away from home, seeking refuge in the Dumping Ground. The kids believe she is a celebrity, having seen her on television publicising her book on a local news show. Needing to pay Cam back, Tracy asks Mike for a job. After seeing how she handles the kids and desperately short-staffed, Mike agrees to make her an assistant care worker.

Working at the Dumping Ground, Tracy finds she’s not as popular as she thought. Will she get the sack?

Written by Elly Brewer and Ben Ward.

Tracy is more concerned with writing her regular column for the local community newspaper than she is about keeping her promises to the kids. The situation worsens when she finds an old letter from her birth mother that Mike and Cam never told her about.

With Tracy alienating kids and staff, Mike has no choice but to sack her. A petition organised by Gus listing the things “Tracy’s done right” is all that saves her.

Tracy Beaker is back and she is in trouble again. This time it’s big financial trouble and she needs a job – and needs one quick!

Devised by multi-award-winning children’s author Jacqueline Wilson, and the drama team at CBBC, the series sees Dani Harmer reprise the role that made her a household name.

Five years after the last series, Tracy Beaker Returns catches up with the eponymous heroine, now a young adult and living with her foster mother, Cam. She is writing a book, The Story Of Tracy Beaker, which gives an account of her sometimes outrageous actions whilst living in the care home.

She is convinced that the book will be an instant hit that will make her rich and famous in the process. However, after a series of disasters, she realises she needs to earn some cash, fast.

Over in the Dumping Ground they need staff and who better than one of their former residents? Having spent half her life living in the home, Tracy approaches the job of trainee care worker believing that she knows it all, but she soon finds out the hard way that she doesn’t.

Still young herself, Tracy is caught between two worlds – she must earn the respect of her colleagues as a professional, without losing the trust of the children now that she is no longer one of them.

Tracy Beaker Returns see Dani Harmer reunited with Connor Byrne, who plays Mike, and Lisa Coleman, who plays Cam, but also introduces a host of new characters as the next generation of The Dumping Ground kids embark on a wide range of adventures of their own.

The series was exclusively filmed and based in the North East of England, cementing the BBC’s commitment to boosting out-of-London network programme spend to 50% by 2016.

Tracy Beaker is a CBBC Production. The executive producer is Josephine Ward and the producer is Gina Cronk.

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