Series 5, Episode 21
Air date December 8, 2017
Episode guide
Where You Belong
What Lies Beneath

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"#SaveTheDG" was the 21st episode of Series 5 of The Dumping Ground and the 88th episode overall. It aired on December 8, 2017.


On discovering that Peter Umbleby is going to demolish Ashdene Ridge, the young people rally together to support their home to prevent it from being closed down, leading to some familiar faces returning to the DG.


  • It is said that in the episode that it is nearly Christmas. This is the first Christmas themed episode in the Tracy Beaker franchise since Christmas from The Story of Tracy Beaker.
  • The episode features the return appearances of three characters:
  • This is the second time the Dumping Ground has been threatened with closure, the first time being in Tracy Beaker Returns episode The Burnywood Menace, the difference being that Peter Umbleby is a private developer and wants the building demolished, while in Tracy Beaker Returns, there was no evidence the council wanted to demolish the DG, only to close it down as a care home.
  • It is revealed that Carmen is now studying in France, Gus now plays in a "massive" orchestra and Bailey is still living in America.
  • Lily falling off the roof in The Burnywood Menace is mentioned.
  • Faith and Sapphire are mentioned saying that they had donated to the campaign to save the Dumping Ground.
  • It is revealed Edward went to clarinet college.
  • This is the first time a "Next Time" trailer has been shown as part of an episode.
  • The events of The End of it All are mentioned.
  • Mike's medal is seen and royalty helping are brought up, referring to The Invitation
  • The Wilhelm Scream can be heard in a cartoon animation.
  • Alex brings up Tyler's radio work experience from Vox Populi

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 WardrobeFarvelChoose Your Own AdventureMaking WavesThe Phantom of Ashdene RidgeThe SwitchMission Totally PossibleSickRough JusticeWhere You Belong#SaveTheDGWhat Lies Beneath

Series 6: Jody On The RopesSaved By The BellGive & TakeHeroesSorryNotSorryCat's In The CradleChallenging TimesTwo Sides to Every StoryUtopiaThe LurgyRyanManHolding Out For a Hero

Specials: Jody in WonderlandLiam's StoryFloss The FoundlingDumping Ground IslandSasha's Contact Meeting