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Floss The Foundling
Season 4, Episode X
Floss The Foundling
Air date 25/03/16
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Floss The Foundling, initially listed on the CBBC website as "A Special Dumping Ground Adventure", was a special crossover minisode between The Dumping Ground and Hetty Feather. It was first broadcast at 5:30pm on 25th March 2016 after the mid-season finale of the fourth season of The Dumping Ground and in-between the first and second seasons of Hetty Feather.

Synopsis

Shirking her chores, Floss falls asleep and finds herself in another CBBC TV series adapted from Jacqueline Wilson's books - Hetty Feather.

Plot

Floss overhears Tyler and the twins in Tyler's room. Inviting herself in, she finds the twins working on a painting. Floss offers to help, only to be told to do her chores by May-Li. Floss asks the others to help, but they refuse, so she storms off, but not before throwing water onto their painting, ruining it.

Downstairs, Floss plugs in the hoover but decides to take a nap instead. She wakes up and finds herself dressed in foundling uniform (similar to Carmen's uniform in A Day in the Past) with a young girl talking to her. Floss learns from the girl, named Hetty Feather, that she is in The Foundling Hospital. Floss tries to tell Hetty that she needs to call Mike, but Hetty misunderstands her, not knowing what a mobile phone is. Hetty then tries to get Floss to wash the floor, handing her a bucket of water. Floss takes the bucket, but not before removing her bonnet (which is akin to removing a part of your school uniform) and leaving it with Hetty.

Downstairs, Floss encounters Sheila and Elizabeth. Sheila kicks Floss's bucket, spilling water, and her friend taunts her that she will not be a good servant. Floss, however, stands up to the girls, saying that she wants to be Prime Minister, which the girls find incredulous on account that Floss is a girl. They are interrupted by the Hospital's Matron, prompting Sheila and her friend to scarper, but not before Sheila demands a toffee off Floss. Matron tells off Floss for kicking the bucket and demands to know where her bonnet is. Floss defies Matron, but gets threatened with being thrown in the cellar. Luckily, Hetty arrives in the nick of time, distracts Matron and allows Floss to escape.

The girls meet up in the courtyard where Hetty gives Floss her bonnet in the event Matron finds her. Floss asks Hetty why she is being so nice, given Floss's earlier behaviour, to which Hetty replies that friends are all everyone has in the Hospital and tells Floss to look after her friends, as they are her family. She then leads Floss away to a flight of steps, where Floss falls asleep.

Floss wakes to find herself back in Ashdene Ridge in her normal clothes, but somehow finds Hetty's bonnet on the sofa. She hides it behind a cushion and then heads upstairs.

Later, Floss shows Tyler and the twins a drawing she has done for the twins of Hetty in front of the Foundling Hospital. Floss tells the others that she went to the Foundling Hospital and that Hetty is her friend, but no one believes her.

Trivia

  • The term "foundling" was used in the Victorian era to describe babies who were abandoned by their parents and then found.
  • The opening titles use both the titlecards and theme from Hetty Feather and The Dumping Ground.
  • This is the second time someone in The Dumping Ground has crossed over and met other literary characters and the third time anyone in the Tracy Beaker franchise has done this.
  • This is not the first time characters from the Tracy Beaker franchise have interacted with characters from other CBBC shows. The previously occured in Tracy Beaker's Parties with Pudsey, which featured Mysti from The Mysti Show.
  • This is the third time an episode takes place in someone's dream, the first time it has happenend in The Dumping Ground, and the first time it has not happened to Tracy.
  • Hetty Feather, like Tracy Beaker, was a series of books writen by Jacqueline Wilson and adapted by the BBC into television series. Both series involve children being separated from their parents and placed into the care system, but set in different eras and consequentially being treated differently.
  • Tyler asks Floss if she copied her drawing from a book. Amusingly enough, Floss's drawing resembles the book cover of Hetty Feather, including Hetty's hair being styled in pigtails.
  • None of the cast or crew are credited, however Jacqueline Wilson received a "based on the book by" credit in the opening titles.
  • This was the first Dumping Ground (and Hetty Feather) related programme to feature the new multicoloured CBBC logo (on its original broadcast in the former's case).
  • Given Sheila and Elizabeth were not accompanied by Monica, this would indicate the special (on the Hetty Feather side of production) was filmed after the episode "Remember Me".
  • While it was first broadcast in-between The End of it All and Perfect Match, the special features the late season 4 version of the opening titles of The Dumping Ground, with Chloe and Joseph added and Harry removed.

Errors

  • When Floss asks Hetty "Why are you in fancy dress", the subtitles read "Why am I in fancy dress" (emphasis mine).
  • As much of the episode takes place in a dream, any errors in the Foundling Hospital scenes can be excused on the grounds that dreams do not need to make sense:
    • There are a number of errors in the scene where Floss and Hetty are on the stairs whenever the camera changes angles:
      • Hetty and Floss go from sitting and looking at each other on the same level, to Hetty being a few steps lower than Floss and having to look up at her, and Floss having to look down at her.
      • The positions of Floss and Hetty's bodies, including, Floss's entire body facing Hetty in one shot and only her face with the rest of her body turned away, Hetty and Floss's bodies being at different angles and Hetty going from standing up straight to leaning down at Floss.
      • Hetty turns around to grab the bucket and jumps from turned around to already facing Floss. Also, Hetty looks as if she picked up the bucket from next to her in the second shot, as opposed to having to turn around to grab it.
      • The way Floss's bonnet looks on her head.
      • The positions of Floss's hair bows after she yanks off her bonnet.
    • Floss's left hair bow (our right) is in a different position in the scene when she meets the bullies from the position it was in when she was taking to Hetty (she may have smoothed it down between scenes).
  • It is perhaps odd Floss would paint Hetty wearing pigtails, given Hetty does not style her hair in that manner in the tv series. (Floss may have just fancied painting Hetty with pigtails.) This was probably a result of whoever did the drawing basing it off the cover of the Hetty Feather novel.
The Dumping Ground episodes

Series 1: Home AloneLiberty in the DGBabyS.O.S.What Would Gus Want?The Real Faith DavisThe Truth is Out ThereDreamlandA Day in The PastOh, Mo!Seriously FunnyEsmeScary Beasts


Series 2: Kick OffQuittersThe Dumping Ground ExperienceThe BarbecueFinding FrankHolding OnEnduranceI Have a DreamSticks and StonesGI JohnnyBe My GirlHopeFace The Music


Series 3: Party GamesGrand Theft DGStuck with YouMischiefNow You See MeIt's Not About the MoneyFake it to Make itBreaking InThe Long Way HomeDragon SlayerThree DaysFree to Good HomeBetter Than YouWho Are You?Where is Love?Goodbye GirlSomething BorrowedWhat Matters?Coming RoundRefuge


Series 4: Lost and FoundBear-Faced LiarStepping UpThey Walk Among UsHold The Front PageGrowing PainsSubmarineFirst Past The PostSurvivorsThe End of it AllPerfect MatchDorisRisky BusinessI TrollIt Takes TwoGetting to Know YouTwo CampsHow to be PerfectOne For SorrowTwo For Joy


Series 5: Miscreants, Robots and BulliesBack in The GameOne Giant LeapThe Fairytale PrincessSittin' in a TreeFaking ItSasha Bellman P.I.BeliefVox PopuliFreeThe WardrobeFarvel


Specials: Jody in WonderlandLiam's StoryFloss The Foundling


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