Bad Luck Boy
Series 1, Episode 3
Air date 15/01/2010
Written by Johnathan Evans
Directed by Neasa Hardiman
Episode guide
New Life's Eve
By The Book

Bad Luck Boy was the third episode of Tracy Beaker Returns. It was orignally broadcast at 17:00 on the CBBC Channel on 15/01/2010.


Having got stuck on what to write for her column, Tracy decides to write about Toby and how he believes he is jinxed with bad luck. This does not go down well with Toby when he learns Tracy has written about him.


  • This is the first time Johnny comes up with an idea to get himself and Tee fostered (in this case, serve tea and biscuits to the potential foster parents).
  • Sapphire's boyfriend, Ferris, is first mentioned in this episode. He later makes an appearance in Secrets.
  • A newspaper cutting of Tracy's column about Toby will later be seen in The Dumping Ground episode Growing Pains.


  • When Tracy releases the spider she found in the bath, it is smaller in size than when it was in the bath.
  • In the Tracy Beaker Survival Files: Rules, Tracy recalls the time when Sapphire got band tickets in this episode. When Mike calls Sapphire, the subtitles say Sophia instead.
Tracy Beaker Returns episodes

Season 1: Tracy Beaker SuperstarNew Life's EveBad Luck BoyBy The BookFamily ValuesAnarchy in the DGSecretsSistersGood Luck BoyViva CarmenThe WerewolfA Day at The BeachMoving On

Season 2: The Burnywood MenaceDrainedCrushedRefugeesMoneyElektraWhat You Don't KnowA Day in The CountryThe Scare GameOut of ControlSnake BiteGrandadChain Reaction

"You Choose" specials: Come Alone, CarmenCyberbullyingBeg, Borrow or Steal

Season 3: The VisitorsFirestarterShadowsBig BrotherBelongingEggsJustine Littlewood ReturnsRewardSummer HolidayGoing HomeJody JacksonThe InvitationGoodbye Tracy Beaker