The Switch
Series 5, Episode 16
Air date 03/11/17
Written by Sarah-Louise Hawkins
Directed by David Innes Edwards
Episode guide
The Phantom of Ashdene Ridge
Mission Totally Impossible

The Switch was the 16th episode of the fifth season of The Dumping Ground. It was first broadcast on 3rd November 2017 at 5:00pm on CBBC and CBBC HD.


Toni and Billie visit a potential foster family. Billie is enthusiastic at the prospect of being adopted, but Toni is not. Elsewhere, Jody and Sasha are forced to share a bedroom with each other.


  • Final appearances of Nelly and Gwen Currant as Toni and Billie Trent. They remain shown in the opening titles until the end of the season, however.
  • Floss has a page in the book at the start which reveals her love of tap dance in Now You See Me and her allergy to cats in Doris.
  • The twins reference the incident with Mr Nibbles the bunny, from Dragon Slayer.
  • The title of this episode is a reference to when Billie 'switches' between herself and disguising herself as Toni.

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