Season 3, Episode 2
Air date 06/01/2012
Written by Elly Brewer and Emma Reeves
Directed by Craig Lines
Episode guide
The Visitors

Firestarter was the second episode of the third season of Tracy Beaker Returns. It was originally broadcast back to back with the preceeding episode The Visitors at 17:00 on the CBBC Channel on 06/01/2012.


A fire breaks out at Elm Tree House, prompting Gus to carry out an investigation.


  • A video was made available on CBBC's website showing how the attic fire scene was carried out.
  • A few cuts were made on the original broadcast:
    • The start where Harry is in the attic with the joss sticks is omitted, instead beginning with everyone evacuating.
    • The scenes where Carmen laments her dresses from her mum have been ruined and Kitty returns with the clothes sewn into a cushion are cut.
  • This is the first time Harry is falsely accused of something.


  • When Tracy is shown being hit by the cigarettes in flashback, it does not match the way they hit her in real time.
  • When Frank and Lizanne are talking, a mobility scooter is seen in one shot before vanishing in another.
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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