Life is a Cabaret
Series 4, Episode 7
Air date 24/07/2005
Written by Laura Summers
Directed by Delyth Thomas
Episode guide
Can't Buy Me Love
Temper, Temper
Life is a Cabaret was the seventh episode of the fourth series of Tracy Beaker. Eighty-seventh overall.


After watching a scary film, Tracy has a dream where she is living back at the Dumping Ground, now run by a villainous Cam.


  • This is the only episode of The Story of Tracy Beaker to not use any rendition of "Someday" over the end credits, but instead uses a song sung by Tracy during the episode.
  • This is the first episode to take place in someone's dream.


Given that most of the episode takes place inside Tracy's dream, any errors can be excused by the fact it is a dream and so does not need to make sense:

  • When Tracy "wakes up" at the Dumping Ground, when Roxy is singing with her siblings, in one shot, her arms are swinging in the opposite direction to the way Rio and Chantal are swinging them. In another, she is swinging them in the same direction as her siblings.
  • The bottles containing the kids' spirits at the end of the dream are different from the ones at the start of the dream.
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