The Invitation
Series 3, Episode 12
Air date 16/03/2012
Written by Steve Turner
Directed by Neasa Hardiman
Episode guide
Jody Jackson
Goodbye Tracy Beaker

The Invitation was the twelth episode of the third season of Tracy Beaker Returns. It was first broadcast at 17:00 on the CBBC Channel on 16/03/2012.


Mike receives an invitation to collect an MBE from Buckingham Palace, but who will he take with him?


  • This is the first time an election is held at the Dumping Ground; the next will occur in First Past The Post.
  • Footage from the episodes Reward and Going Home are seen in this episode, namely Johnny being confronted by two of Sapphire's neighbours, Sapphire being flooded in her flat and then being told by Gina her flat was not top priority and Elektra rowing with her mother.
  • This is the second time Gus is seen wearing something other than his standard blue shirt and brown shorts; the last time will be in What Would Gus Want?.
  • Tracy previously visited Buckingham Palace along with Justine and Crash in a special programme aired in 2006 called Children's Party at The Palace, although that special is not considered canon by the production team.
  • Mike is credited as "Mike MBE" in the end credits.
  • Mike's medal is seen again in HashtagSaveTheDG


  • After Johnny overhears that Mike is only allowed to take three guests and he calles for Tee, the subtitles type up "Tig! Tig!"


Tee (on learing Mike will receive an MBE): Will we have to call you "Sir Mike"?

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