Caring and Sharing
Series 5, Episode 1
Air date 1st January 2006
Written by Mary Morris
Directed by Lesley Manning
Episode guide
Tracy Beaker's Parties With Pudsey, Part 5
Too Many Crooks

Caring and Sharing was the first episode of the fifth season of The Story of Tracy Beaker. It first aired on 1st January 2006 on CBBC.


Seeing that the kids seem to be slowly turning into mindless zombies, Elaine attempts to wean the kids off vegging out in front of the TV with a more classic pursuit - puppet theatres. Elsewhere, Mike is not enjoying his new role as chef and Justine Littlewood finds herself back at the Dumping Ground when her cousin, John moves in and turns her life upside down.


  • First appearance of  Georgina Hagen as Rebecca Chalmers.
  • Justine Littlewood returns to live at the Dumping Ground
  • First appearance of Elm Tree House I.
  • Connor Byrne as Mike Milligan returns.
  • First episode with cast ordered in appearance.
  • When Elaine brings out the puppet theatre, Rio asks if it is a TARDIS. Which is a reference to the time travelling machine from Doctor Who.
  • Layla says that the puppet theatre is a Wendy House. This is a reference to Peter Pan, where the childs playhouse (Which Layla meant) got its name.
  • This episode, the first day of it, took place exactly two years after Good As Gold.
  • Both Steve and Carrie Littlewood are both portrayed by different actors then the ones who portrayed them in previous series.
  • Dani Harmer as Tracy Beaker is absent in this episode, but her voice was heard when Crash was reading a postcard from Tracy while she was on holiday with Cam in Egypt.
  • As of this episode, Elaine is now the "Acting Head Careworker" until the episode "Telling Tales".
  • Craig Roberts' (Rio) voice has now broken.
  • Mike mentions that Duke is away in the Caribbean.


  • In Return to Sender, Sid moved the kids to a new building. This happened after Justine left the Dumping Ground, so how would she have known its new address? (Sid may have informed Justine and/or the rest of the family the same way he told Cam and Tracy)
  • Sid also just disappears without an explanation, like he appeared without an explanation.
  • When Justine first meets John, he tells her to stop petting his dog, Bruce, as he doesn't like girls. But Bruce seems to actually like Justine, and enjoy her fussing over him.
  • There's no mention why they now live in a different building. (Again).

The Story of Tracy Beaker episodes

Season 1: Tracy Returns to the Dumping GroundDaresSneaking in BenCam's First VisitChild of the WeekThe Truth is RevealedBirthdayThe 1000 Words About TracyBad PeterCam's HouseDumping Ground VirusJustine's TellyTracy and Cam RowSleepoverParent's EveningThe PostcardHelpful TracyWhere's the WorkFriendTreasure HuntRomanceTemporary Care WorkerCut the WeedNeed ArmbandsMiss You!The End!

Season 2: Back & BadBedsitBrothersAction TherapyAlienDoggieBad GirlsBig FightHollywoodHome TruthsDay TripChristmasTakeoverWorkBridesmaidQuizTwo-Timing AdeleSecrets and LiesMusicFamily TreeBen's PartyGet LostThe Long GoodbyeGenius at WorkNathan's AssessmentHome and Hosed

Season 3: Leavin' on a Jet PlaneSupernatural ShelleyJackieFree LouiseThe BygravesDown with SchoolCrashed and ThrashedNo-One Quite Like GrandpaDown to EarthNothing Happens HereThe Beaker ClubPowercutJust DessertsMind Your Own BusinessI am Not in LoveTime CapsuleFootball TrialWe Are FamilyBe PreparedSufia the SilentBabies Suck!ExploitedBe QuietDad TroubleThe Big RaceGood as Gold

Season 4: Return to SenderBouncer vs. LolIn with the WellardsMeet the ParentSingle White FemaleCan't Buy Me LoveLife is a CabaretTemper, TemperLove and WarBeam Me Up, ScottieTesting TimesBest of EnemiesThe Finishing LineDear DadDemocracyThe SnakeRebel Without a ClueThe Long RunIndependence DayBeaker Witch ProjectRoxy the RockWe're Off the Map Now

Season 5: Caring and SharingToo Many CrooksChantal's GoodbyeFree PiggyScary MillyLife CoachFrankelainesteinTracy's FantasyCash CowsTelling TalesA Dog's LifeWhodunnit?Spare DadOperation CareworkerBouncer's KitchenLove AllToddler in TownTwo's a CrowdMoving OnThe Wedding

Specials: Tracy Beaker's Movie of MeTracy Beaker's Parties With Pudsey