Family Tree The Story of Tracy Beaker


Family Tree

Drama series about a young girl's life in a children's home. A family tree project gets everyone thinking about their roots. Louise is to meet a possible foster family.


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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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# Doesn't matter what may come my way

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

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Hey!

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What idiot sets you lot a family tree project?

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I've got some interesting royal ancestors.

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-You haven't enough family to fill a phone box.

-I've got my mum.

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Your invisible mum who never comes to visit you. I've got a real dad.

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-You can include Carrie.

-I thought we could only include humans.

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Well, at least I've got someone.

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-And Lou might as well. Mightn't you, Lou?

-Hmm.

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< Fostered by this lot? No chance!

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-Give it back!

-You can't use them. They're not family.

-Not yet.

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But after this picnic, who knows?

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They'll turn up all smiley-smiley. By teatime, everyone will hate you.

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-The two of you will have something in common.

-Tell us about fostering,

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Miss Know It All. The promises, the forevers, then the dumping.

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Who was that woman who dumped you back here? Anyway, she's history.

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Just like you lot after the picnic. Louise will be alone again.

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Just like you were, Tracy.

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What did I say?

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I'm not alone. I'm not!

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-Yes!

-Oi! >

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What do you think you're doing?

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-We're bored.

-Yeah, B-O-R-D, bored.

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You can help with the gardening.

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Hello?

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Big families are the worst. They'll treat you like a slave.

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She'll be fine. You'll see.

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Well, if by some miracle she is, that'll be the last you see of her.

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-And you've definitely confirmed the time?

-Twice.

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I'd have done it at least three times and then...

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Look, I know this is my first case, but you can trust me, dude.

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Just relax, Elaine.

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-Sorry.

-Just relax.

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-It's just fine.

-And if it's not, who's gonna get the blame?

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-Eh?

-Don't worry. Everybody goes weird when a fostering's in the air.

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It's a scary business.

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Yeah. Just imagine how the kids feel.

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-Oi, Justine! Coming shopping?

-Yeah, in a bit.

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No, now. She's seeing me off.

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Need her hand holding, does she?

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We'll still be best friends.

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-For how long. For ever. Right, Justine?

-Yeah.

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For a month. Maybe a week.

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She'll walk out the gates and not even remember what you look like.

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That's rubbish! Isn't it, Justine?

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I'm off. Coming?

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-Here we go.

-It'll be fine.

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Nathan's got everything sorted out.

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-Sure, I've got forms, documents and...

-Louise?

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-Come on, Grandad.

-Come on, Dad. Come on, kids.

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Louise will be down in a moment.

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I'm sure everything's going to be fine.

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I'm not going and that's that. They're great people.

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Sure. You'd fit in perfectly. >

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Just think - a real family.

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But what about friends? Justine's my best friend.

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At least she was until this stupid foster thing came up. I hate it!

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Oi, smiley! Can anyone use these stairs

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or are they for a special occasion?

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-Sorry. I can't get Louise to go on this picnic.

-Course not.

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You're a trainee social worker. Even the trained ones are rubbish.

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You need help from a real expert.

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-If that's an offer, I'll take it.

-I'm not cheap.

-I can't pay.

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-Ice cream?

-Possible.

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-Coke?

-Sure.

-And I get to go on this naff old picnic with my client.

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-No, I couldn't.

-Suit yourself. I tried.

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-Hang on.

-(Bingo!)

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-I won't go.

-I don't blame you. Stupid fostering trips!

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Only real families matter.

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My mum and I ruled over a happy land.

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Then one day, the evil social workers invaded.

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My mum knew there was only one thing to do.

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Since then, I've been on hundreds of useless fostering trips.

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-Never again.

-Right.

-Some kids go on these trips for ice cream and Coke.

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Imagine that - using people just to get what you want!

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And to avoid one of Nathan's corned beef meatball lunches.

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-Hey, Tracy...

-Hmm?

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-She's going.

-She is?

-Yeah, they're leaving now.

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-That's a relief.

-Both of them.

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Both?

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Yeah, she's taking Tracy with her.

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Tr...? AAAAAARRGGGHHH!

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-I've got a free day...

-Can't stop. Louise is entering fostering hell.

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-I have to protect her interests.

-Don't mess it up for Louise.

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It's a fostering. It'll mess up by itself.

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-Louise might be luckier.

-Get real!

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-You're a PC whizz, aren't you?

-I wouldn't say that.

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Our PC crashed and I still have homework to finish when I get back.

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Please?

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Are you sure it's OK Tracy coming with you?

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No problem.

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CHILDREN: Bye, Grandad!

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-Sure you'll be OK, Dad?

-Yeah.

-You behave!

-They won't know I'm here.

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What's this? Computer games? On a day like this?

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-There's more to life than computer games.

-Right(!)

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-I'd have learned survival skills.

-Hold me back!

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Like catching wild animals.

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BOTH: Wild animals?

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There! Now we just wait.

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Yeah, a couple of decades should do it.

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What animal's gonna be dumb enough to fall into that?

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Aaagh!

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I hope you don't take out all your foster kids in these conditions.

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All? She's the first one.

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I see. They've got a lot to learn, haven't they, Lou?

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You have to look after kids like us, spoil us, lots of ice cream,

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-Coke, that sort of thing.

-Really?

-Or we could turn ugly.

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Believe me, you wouldn't want to see that!

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So do you have a regular job?

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-Seven days a week.

-And wages?

-Excellent.

-How much?

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-Two-fifty.

-250,000 a year?

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And we only get a tiny bit of cake?

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-£2.50 an hour.

-That's rubbish money!

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Other paper rounds only pay two quid.

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No-one's taking this fostering thing seriously.

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Oh, some of us are.

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We only fire it away from the buildings, OK?

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-Of course.

-How perfectly sensible!

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With any weapon, the key words are discipline and safety. Got that?

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-Yeah, discipline and safety.

-Try that tree over there, Bounce.

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No, only fire it the other way!

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I bet he can't hit it.

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-Me? I was the best shot in our street.

-I bet he could hit it.

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-No chance.

-Which tree?

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-That one over there behind the summer house.

-Just you watch!

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GLASS SMASHES

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Lou won't move in with people I don't know. You could be monsters.

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-That's us.

-This might be just a big laugh for you,

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but not for me and Lou. Imagine being in a kids' home!

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-You've got no idea what it's like.

-I know exactly what it's like.

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That's why I've always wanted a house full of kids. Happy kids.

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Like her.

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-Oh.

-So, do we get your approval?

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Don't rush me. I'll let you know.

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-What else can you show us?

-There's starting a fire.

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-Yeah!

-No, I'd better not.

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-OK, see you.

-Yeah, this survival stuff yawns!

-Yeah.

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Hang on. I mean, I shouldn't.

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It could be. You might... Let's find a couple of sticks.

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CRACKLING SOUND

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Go on, you're good at this. Go on!

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CLEARS THROAT

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Hi, Duke.

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How's the garden?

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Oh, it's fine. It's in great shape.

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Considering!

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STIFLED LAUGHTER

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-What happened? Is everyone OK?

-Yeah, all back safely.

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-Really?

-It was wicked.

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Nathan, I told you everything would be OK.

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-Bye!

-Bye!

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-Oi!

-Wait!

-Grampy! Give me the GameBoy back!

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-Have you got a GameBoy?

-Yeah.

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-Justine!

-I'm not here!

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So...had a nice time?

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Yeah, it was perfect.

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Well, nearly. They had this great cake with cream.

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But they only let us have one piece each. So I saved mine for you.

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We'll still be mates, won't we?

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Half each?

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I was promised two ice creams. I got one and had to share it!

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-Family life!

-You can keep it.

-Hear, hear!

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-Still, Louise deserves some love.

-Yeah, we all do.

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That's true.

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Now I've fixed the PC, you could finish your homework.

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Oh, thanks a million(!)

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