Work The Story of Tracy Beaker


Work

Drama series about a young girl and her life in a children's home. Bouncer and Amber enter the world of work and Tracy decides she must earn some cash.


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# I can make my world come true

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# All my dreams will see me through

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# It doesn't matter what may come my way

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# Believe me now, I will win some day... #

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But you must see this won't do!

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Poor marks, poor classwork and as for attendance...

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I do try, Elaine. All that sitting around is just so boring.

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Education isn't just about sitting around in the classroom.

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It's about getting good qualifications and a good job.

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-Then sitting around in an office?

-Yes! No, I mean...

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Look, there's a special work placement project coming up

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and it's a chance for you to show what you can do.

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I've sorted out some placements for you and I think you'll be pleased.

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Amber, you'll work in a florist's

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and Bouncer, you'll go to the tax office.

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As if anyone would want to work for anyone else!

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I plan to be an entrepreneur.

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-Entra what?

-A crook!

-So you'll be a millionaire by the age of 25?

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I won't leave it that long. I'll do something to get rich.

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-When you find it, put in a word for me.

-What about your fashion course?

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My Saturday job don't pay much.

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I'd hate to work in a shop. Like being a slave!

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-I'll work with dolphins or be a bus driver!

-I'll be an air hostess.

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That's just a waitress with wings on! I'll have a fantastic career.

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-What's up?

-It's Elaine. She's making me get a job.

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No way! Is that legal?

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You're only 13. You shouldn't have to earn your own living.

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I know they're underfunded, but even so. She's mad, that Elaine.

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It's work experience. She wants me to go to a tax office.

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Why don't you get a job, then she can't make you do work experience?

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Like what?

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-Distribution and delivery executive in the information industry.

-Huh?

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Thanks for letting me share your office, Jenny.

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KNOCK AT DOOR

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-Come in.

-Could I have a word, please, Elaine...? In private.

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-What's up?

-I can't work in a florist's.

-Why not?

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-Um...

-Do you have a pollen allergy?

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That's exactly what I have! Just the thought of all those flowers...

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-I'll find you something else.

-Thanks, Elaine.

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Thanks again, Jenny. I'm really grateful.

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I know it hasn't been easy for you.

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-KNOCK AT DOOR

-Can I have a word, Elaine?

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No, you can't. I'll stick my fingers in my ears!

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-I just wanted to tell Elaine that I got a job.

-What job?

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Distribution and delivery executive in the information industry.

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He's got a paper round.

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A paper boy? You can't get up in the morning!

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-There's money involved.

-How much?

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-Elaine! At last! There you are. I need a job.

-Whatever for?

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-For money.

-Tracy, you're too young.

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-How come Bouncer gets...?

-He's older than you.

-That's not fair!

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It's the law and it applies to everyone, even Tracy Beaker.

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How can I earn money if I can't work...? What are you grinning at?

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A squirt like you getting a job? What will you be? A garden gnome?

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-You'll see! I'll get a job.

-I bet you don't.

-How much?

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-Slave for a day.

-You're on.

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No, I can't pay you to help me.

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Why are you in such a rush to enter the world of work? It's no picnic.

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Pay cheque every week, no-one telling you what to do.

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-It must be hell(!)

-You have to get up early every morning,

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iron your shirt, find matching socks.

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-You don't do any of that!

-Would you like an assistant gardener?

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-Next spring, I'll need all the help I can get.

-I can't wait that long.

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Amber, I've just spoken to a friend who's got a friend...

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To cut a long story short, your work placement's sorted.

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It'll be in a hairdresser's. You'll make cups of tea, sweep the floor.

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-They might let you shampoo the customers' hair!

-Hmm!

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See you.

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-KNOCK AT DOOR Come in.

-Jenny!

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-I was just wondering. Do you need any help?

-I'm fine, thanks.

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You sure? You always complain about being behind on the paperwork.

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-It's not the kind of thing you can help me with, but thanks.

-Filing!

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-That always needs done.

-Have you broken something?

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-No. I just want to help... and earn some money.

-Right, out!

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OK, OK, I'm going!

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But if you do think of anything, my rates are very reasonable.

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WHISTLING >

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SHE PRETENDS TO SOB

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Amber? What's up?

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Hey, it can't be that bad.

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It's the hairdresser's!

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The hairdresser's?

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My mum used to take me every week.

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It was our special thing and I miss her so much!

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Ssh, it's all right. I'll have a word with Elaine.

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-Elaine!

-What now?

-About this job...

-The law hasn't changed in an hour.

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You still can't get a job.

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I know, but there's nothing to stop us coming to a private agreement.

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-Maybe I can help with your trickier clients.

-Elaine, a word?

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-Yes, absolutely.

-But what about my job...?

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Face it, you've no chance of getting a job. Get ready to slave!

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Just watch me! I'm gonna get tons of money!

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She really is very upset.

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I had no idea. I'll cancel the hairdresser's first thing tomorrow.

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I think it'll be best. LAUGHS

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She'd better accept her next placement.

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ALARM RINGS

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Bouncer...

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Get some sleep, Bouncer!

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ALARM RINGS

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ALARMS RING

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-Get up!

-Huh?

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Come on!

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-ALARM RINGS

-Oh, bog off!

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Amber, you're sorted. You'll work at Outpatients

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-in the General Hospital.

-I faint at the first sight of blood!

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OK, forget the hospital. Adele will take you to work with her.

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-What?

-She's fixed it all up with her supervisor.

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-They've kindly said you can go in tomorrow.

-With a clothes shop...

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No more arguments. It's either that or the one remaining placement.

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-Where's that one?

-On a pig farm.

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Bouncer!

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-Tracy, you frightened me to death!

-£3.50, Bouncer, as we agreed.

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Oh... Yeah.

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Thanks. A pleasure doing business with you. Where are you going?

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Back to the shop to hand in my notice. I can't afford this job.

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Before you go, sign this.

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That is so you. It looks great. Amber here has one just like it.

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Don't you, Amber? Oink, oink!

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Yeah. Yeah, I do.

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What do you think?

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What's the matter with you? Make yourself useful!

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Do some pricing and behave yourself!

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-Amber! Are you trying to get me fired?

-I'm bored!

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-What do you think?

-I think you're a little squirt who lost a bet

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-and has nothing better to do than come here and annoy me!

-Oh, yeah?

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"I, Bouncer Plakova, confirm that I have employed Tracy Beaker

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-"as a waker-upper."

-Keep going.

-"And paid for her professional services."

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-It looks like I won that little bet.

-Where's the money?

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Right here in my pocket.

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Is that all? That won't pay for a hair band thing they sell here!

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Has this top taken your fancy? My assistant will reserve it for you.

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-Is your assistant getting paid?

-Over my dead body!

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I'm not sure about the colour.

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Go and get me one in lemon, lilac and sugar pink, will you, slave?

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If you work really hard, I might let you borrow this.

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Drama series about a young girl and her life in a children's home. Bouncer and Amber enter the world of work and Tracy decides she must earn some cash.


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