The Barbecue
Series 2, Episode 4
Air date 24/01/14
Written by Debbie Oates
Directed by Sallie Aprahamian
Episode guide
The Dumping
Ground Experience
Finding Frank

The Barbecue was the fourth episode of the second season of The Dumping Ground. It was first broadcast on 24/01/2014 at 17:30 on the CBBC Channel and CBBC HD.


Carmen is aghast to learn that Lily will be moving house with her family and thus will no longer be visiting the Dumping Ground.

Bonus Scene

Harry and Mo discuss how there may be buried treasure underneath the vegetables. Mo tells Harry that Tyler has gone to look for it and explains that he decided not to look for it on account that it looked as thought it was about to rain. A soaked Tyler then walks past Mo and Harry, having only found a carrot.


  • The episode is sometimes spelt "The Barbeque", including on CBBC's website.
  • This is the second time a window at the Dumping Ground has been smashed by a football. This first time was by Tracy in series 1 of The Story of Tracy Beaker. Where Mike took the blame for Tracy, so she wouldn't get into trouble with Jenny
  • This is the first time Bailey is taken into police custody.
  • Mike makes a comment in this episode that Frank has not been seen for a while. This is followed up in the following episode Finding Frank.
  • Final appearance of Jessie Williams as Lily Kettle, though she remains in the opening titles until the end of the season and she would return for a series of web videos the following year called The Dumping Ground Dish Up.
  • This is the first episode to feature May-Li Wang's animated character in a cartoon animation.
  • The song Sleep Alone by Two Door Cinema Club is used in the episode.
  • The song Pack Up by Eliza Doolittle is used in the episode.

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