Tracy Returns to the Dumping Ground
Series 1, Episode 1
Air date 8th July 2002
Written by Elly Brewer
Directed by Susan Tully
Episode guide
And you never let me eat sweets, you were wimps whilst watching horror videos, and your kitchen stunk on wet dogs! And I never want to see you, ever, again!

–- Tracy to Ted and Julie.

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 July 2002 on CBBC.


Returning to the Dumping ground after a failed fostering with Ted and Julie, Tracy Beaker is appalled to see that her bedroom has been taken by a new girl, Justine Littlewood. Sneaking into the room Tracy manages to break Justine's clock, and when she hears Justine and her old best friend, Louise Goven, coming she runs away.

Justine is devastated and furious, especially as her Dad gave her the clock and he is coming later. Ryan and Zac promise to fix the clock, but time is running out, will it be mended in time? Tracy meets a boy, Ben, while out, and is impressed by his huge quantities of chocolate.

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 scenen 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.


  • Steve Littlewood is not credited.
  • When Justine gets upset about her broken clock, she doesn't know what she's going to tell him when he arrives later. Like he does a room check in her bedroom everytime he visits.

The Story of Tracy Beaker episodes

Season 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!

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

Season 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

Season 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

Season 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