Sneaking in Ben is the third episode of the first series of The Story of Tracy Beaker. It first aired on 22nd January 2002 on CBBC.


On the way home from school with Justine and Louise, Tracy decides to stay in the park when the others return to the Dumping ground. Another encounter with Ben leads to Tracy wanting to take him to see where she lives.

But Tracy is forced to hide Ben when Jenny refuses Tracy any guests as a result of her lateness, she has to sneak him into her room, before leaving to get food. As she gets caught in the process Tracy must try and get back to her room before Ben's found. Unfortunately Justine gives the game away and Ben is at risk of being caught. Louise has to try and save Tracy. Meanwhile, Ryan Patterson, Zac Patterson and Duke Ellington have to try and deal with a mouse lose in the kitchen.

They try mouse traps but Jenny quickly shuts that idea down. Zac and Ryan actually catch it at last; Duke is very happy at this and wants to flatten it with a mallet but Ryan and Zac strongly resent this idea and guilt trip Duke into just letting it go free instead.


Main Cast


  • Connor Byrne and Nisha Nayar as Mike Milligan and Elaine Boyak are absent during this episode.
  • This episode marks the first time Ben visits the Dumping Ground.