I didn't know Tracy Beaker was coming back!

–- Ryan to Zac

Tracy Returns to the Dumping Ground (sometimes called Tracy Returns) is the first episode of the first series of The Story of Tracy Beaker and the first episode of The Tracy Beaker Franchise. It first aired on 8th January 2002 on CBBC.


After another unsuccesful foster attempt, Tracy Beaker returns to the Dumping Ground kicking and screaming. And if things couldn't get any worse she finds out a new girl called Justine Littlewood has taken Tracy's old bedroom. And the two girls becoming enemies after Tracy breaks Justine's clock her Dad gave her. And Tracy's ex-best friend Louise Goven is Justine's new best friend. So Tracy decides to try to escape and meets a boy called Ben Batambuze who claims he's lving on the streets, but ends up getting picked up and taken back to the Dumping Ground by care worker Mike Milligan.


Main Cast

Guest Cast


  • In the scene where Mike and Peter hear Tracy return, Mike tells him to call "International Rescue" if he does not return. This is a reference to the puppet tv show Thunderbirds, which featured an organisation named "International Rescue".
  • The scene with Tracy, Ben and Mike in town were the first scenes ever to be filmed in The Story of Tracy Beaker.
  • Mike mentions that Tracy had been living with Ted and Julie for 6 months.


  • Stephen Lloyd-Crossley as Steve Littlewood is not credited.

The Story of Tracy Beaker episodes

Series 1: Tracy Returns to the Dumping GroundDaresSneaking in BenCam's First VisitChild of the WeekThe Truth is RevealedBirthdayThe 1000 Words About TracyBad PeterCam's HouseDumping Ground VirusJustine's TellyTracy and Cam RowSleepoverParent's EveningThe PostcardHelpful TracyWhere's the WorkFriendTreasure HuntRomanceTemporary Care WorkerCut the WeedNeed ArmbandsMiss You!The End!

Series 2: Back & BadBedsitBrothersAction TherapyAlienDoggieBad GirlsBig FightHollywoodHome TruthsDay TripChristmasTakeoverWorkBridesmaidQuizTwo-Timing AdeleSecrets and LiesMusicFamily TreeBen's PartyGet LostThe Long GoodbyeGenius at WorkNathan's AssessmentHome and Hosed

Series 3: Leavin' on a Jet PlaneSupernatural ShelleyJackieFree LouiseThe BygravesDown with SchoolCrashed and ThrashedNo-One Quite Like GrandpaDown to EarthNothing Happens HereThe Beaker ClubPowercutJust DessertsMind Your Own BusinessI am Not in LoveTime CapsuleFootball TrialWe Are FamilyBe PreparedSufia the SilentBabies Suck!ExploitedBe QuietDad TroubleThe Big RaceGood as Gold

Series 4: Return to SenderBouncer vs. LolIn with the WellardsMeet the ParentSingle White FemaleCan't Buy Me LoveLife is a CabaretTemper, TemperLove and WarBeam Me Up, ScottieTesting TimesBest of EnemiesThe Finishing LineDear DadDemocracyThe SnakeRebel Without a ClueThe Long RunIndependence DayBeaker Witch ProjectRoxy the RockWe're Off the Map Now

Series 5: Caring and SharingToo Many CrooksChantal's GoodbyeFree PiggyScary MillyLife CoachFrankelainesteinTracy's FantasyCash CowsTelling TalesA Dog's LifeWhodunnit?Spare DadOperation CareworkerBouncer's KitchenLove AllToddler in TownTwo's a CrowdMoving OnThe Wedding

Specials: Tracy Beaker's Movie of MeTracy Beaker's Parties With Pudsey