The Dumping Ground is a spin-off series from Tracy Beaker Returns that began broadcasting on CBBC in early 2013. The show continued from where the previous programme had left off with the residents continuing their lives in the care home as well as making new friends.

Gina Cronk returned as Executive Producer along with writer Elly Brewer who worked on all three series of Tracy Beaker Returns. Nick Sharratt’s popular animated illustrations, which featured in both The Story of Tracy Beaker and Tracy Beaker Returns continued to appear in the show.


The Dumping Ground revolves around the life of children in the Ashdene Ridge (previously Elmtree House) care home; typically each episode follows one or more characters' life and includes subplots featuring other characters.



Episodes Originally aired
First half Second half
1 13 January 4, 2013 to March 15, 2013 N/A
2 13 January 10, 2014 to March 28, 2014 N/A
3 20 January 16, 2015 to March 13, 2015 October 6, 2015 to December 8, 2015
4 20 January 29, 2016 to March 25, 2016 September 30, 2016 to December 2, 2016
5 20 January 20, 2017 to March 31, 2017 October 13, 2017 to December 15, 2017
6 24 January 12, 2018 to March 30, 2018 September 21, 2018 to December 7, 2018
7 TBA January 4, 2019 to March 22, 2019 TBA to TBA



Awards and Nominations

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 Best Drama The Dumping Ground Won
2014 British Academy Children's Awards BAFTA Kid's Vote - Television The Dumping Ground Nominated
Best Actor Kia Pegg as Jody Jackson Nominated
2015 British Academy Children's Awards Best Drama The Dumping Ground Nominated
Interactive: Adapted in 2015 The Dumping Ground: You're the Boss Won
Royal Television Society North East and the Border Awards 2016 Drama in 2016 The Dumping Ground Won
2016 British Academy Children's Awards Best Drama The Dumping Ground Nominated
Royal Television Society NETB Awards 2018 Best Drama (Long Form) Ian Kershaw for "Farvel" Nominated
Performance of the Year Annabelle Davis Won
Lewis G. Hamilton Nominated
Rising Star Jordan Barrett, Script Editor Nominated
Rachel Smee, Make Up Trainee Nominated
Professional Excellence - Costume and Make-Up Michael Birtley Won