Out of Control
Season 2, Episode 10
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Air date 04/03/2011
Written by Dave Ingham
Directed by Michael Davies
Episode guide
The Scare Game
Snake Bite

Out of Control was the tenth episode of the second season of Tracy Beaker Returns. It was broadcast at 17:00 on the CBBC Channel on 04/03/2011.


Liam crashes a pensioner's scooter and is sentenced to a week's community service in an old people's care home. Elsewhere, Gus has a date.


  • This is the second time Liam has an altercation with the law (on screen, as the episode implies that Liam has had more altercations off screen). His next one will be in Big Brother.
  • Michael Jayston (Spooner) is the fourth actor who previously had a role in Doctor Who prior to appearing in a Tracy Beaker programme.
  • When Liam and Tracy go into the living room of the old peoples' home, an episode of BBC Gameshow The Weakest Link can be seen on the tv.
  • This is the second time The Weakest Link has been referenced in a Tracy Beaker programme. The gameshow had previously been parodied in the classic series episode Operation Careworker.
  • This is the first time (barring cartoon animations) Gus is seen wearing an outfit other than his standard blue shirt and brown trousers.
  • At the old peoples' home, Gus and Jenny play a portion of Swan Lake by Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky and Great Balls of Fire by Jerry Lee Lewis.
  • Jenny has no lines and goes uncredited.


  • When Liam walks into the living room at the old peoples' home and we hear the Weakest Link being played on the tv, Anne Robinson (the presenter) is heard introducing the start of the next round. However, on the television screen, we see footage from the start of an episode with the contestants introducing who they are, as opposed to cuts between Anne and the contestants.
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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