Big Brother
Season 3, Episode 4
Air date 20/01/2012
Written by Dave Ingham
Directed by Craig Lines
Episode guide

Big Brother was the fourth episode of the third season of Tracy Beaker Returns. It was first broadcast at 17:00 on the CBBC Channel on 20/01/2012.


After being convicted of attempting to mug a woman, Liam is made to wear an electronic tag.


  • First appearance of Jack O'Donovan (who is played by a different actor when we next see him).
  • Final regular appearance of Richard Wisker as Liam O'Donovan (he will return in The Dumping Ground for Liam's Story and the second season finale).
  • Liam's bedroom has been repainted from pink to a shade of blue.
  • This is the second time in Tracy Beaker Returns that someone claims to have hayfever (in this case, Liam).
  • The episode's title refers to the fact Liam has a big brother, and also a reference to either the character Big Brother from the book 1984, or the reality tv programme of the same name (which took its title from the book character) where a group of housemates spend weeks in a house under surveillance. Similarly, in this episode, Liam ends up under a kind of surveillance (being made to wear a tag and put under curfew) like the housemates in Big Brother.
  • This is the third (and final) time Liam has an altercation with the law.
  • On the fridge in the scene where Liam talks to Tracy about her and Cam, the magnets spell out 'Mi hermano o no?'(sic) and that means 'My brother or not?' in Spanish. This refers to the fact that Liam is wondering whether to move in with his brother or not.


  • When the lady is explaining to Liam the three strikes rule, the subtitles read "We operates", an error in grammar.
  • Tracy tells Liam that he will be 16 soon and should think about moving on from Elm Tree House. However, Frank is already 16 and has not left.
  • Lily goes uncredited.
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

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