The Long Goodbye The Story of Tracy Beaker


The Long Goodbye

Drama series about a young girl and her life in a children's home. Louise is leaving with her new foster family, while Amber is in danger of being expelled.


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# I can make my world come true All my dreams will see me through

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-# It doesn't matter What may come my way...

-No! No!

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# Believe it now I will win some day. #

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-Won't you miss us?

-No, Justine,

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because you'll visit all the time.

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But it won't be the same.

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No, it'll be better. We'll be friends because we want to be.

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-Not just because we've no-one else.

-Yeah, but...

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-Hiya.

-No-one sensible, anyway. ..Hiya, Dolly.

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-Can I have this?

-Yeah, no problem.

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-But

-I

-got you that...

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when my Dad took me to the fair.

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Justine, it's only things. Old Dumping Ground things I won't need.

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Well, call me sentimental but I preferred it when bikers were scary.

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Oh, oh, God, she's just beautiful.

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I don't know how to thank you. Just take care - she's my baby.

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She does nought to ten in half an hour.

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She's a demon.

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I hope that monstrosity isn't taking up space

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when Louise's new family arrive.

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Monstrosity! I'm on a diet.

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She's not very good with grown-ups.

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Can I have a go...please?

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I'll be careful, I promise.

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-Sure, Tracy.

-Yes.

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Just show me your driving licence and we'll be away.

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Ah-ha. Mick Duke, King of Comedy.

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Um, so, Amber's being thrown out?

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No, Bouncer, it's a meeting to review Amber's position.

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-But we've still got lots of work to do with her.

-It's not your problem.

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Hello, Bouncer. Are we ready? Mmm.

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-And I thought you were nice.

-Shall we?

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Ah, Jenny, Elaine -

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I've been expecting you.

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Look Amber, I'm fully prepared to admit that it's partly my fault.

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I thought we'd be able to make a difference. Maybe I was wrong.

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I thought we could help you help yourself. Maybe I was wrong.

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You thought you were good at your job. Maybe you WERE wrong.

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It's just that we don't think you've been trying to get on with people.

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Chocolate thief.

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Go, play in the traffic.

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You two can stop spying on me too.

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I don't know what you mean.

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All we're saying is maybe you'd be happier elsewhere.

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I'll think about it.

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DOOR SLAMS

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Is it me or has this room become very cold?

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Typical! They don't even have the courage to make a simple decision.

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-Somewhere else I'd get treated like a grown-up.

-A grown-up criminal.

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I know. They want ME to give THEM a good reason for throwing me out.

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Well, I won't disappoint anybody.

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-NO!

-Amber!

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A fieldmouse - it's a mousie.

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Oh, it's horrible, all blood and guts. I feel sick.

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-Where? I can't see anything.

-There?

-That's a piece of grass.

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Amber, don't you dare!

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OK, Amber, very clever. Now, come on, play fair. Don't break it.

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I'll take care of it.

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Stop - it'll get you in trouble. You'll mess up your hair.

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-Ooh, what does this button do?

-AMBER, NO!

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STOP!

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You can't leave everything behind.

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It's like you're pretending you weren't here.

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I won't forget the Dumping Ground - every time I have a nightmare.

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-What about the good times?

-The fights and people laughing at you

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because you wear rubbish clothes

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-and live in a stinky children's home with...

-Stinky children.

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I don't stink - I smell of cornflakes.

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It just, it just came to life like it was invaded by aliens.

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It's all right, Bouncer, he knows. What's the verdict, Colin?

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No worries. Just call it natural wear and tear.

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See, I told you it was nothing serious.

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She was just having a bit of fun.

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Hi, babe. Yeah, it's me. You best bring me category C tool kit.

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Yeah, it's that bad.

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See, Amber's a lovely kid deep down,

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but if we spend too long on one person, it's not fair on the others.

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-But I don't mind.

-Yes, you do - you just don't realise it yet.

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Hiya, Seliba. >

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-Hiya, Duke.

-Thanks, love.

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Amber! Are you trying to get yourself thrown out?

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Wow, is it yours? Do I look like a girl?

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-Is this yours?

-Mm-hm.

-Oh, wow!

-Fancy a spin?

-Yeah.

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-I don't think so.

-Duke, please.

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Well, she'll need a helmet.

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There's health and safety. She's supposed to be being punished.

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That's OK - full of forgiveness, me.

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I'll take good care of her, promise.

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I really don't think it's a good idea. I mean...look at them!

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She has passed her advanced test.

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Thanks, Duke.

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BEEP-BEEP!

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Don't worry, son, she hasn't had an accident for...er...weeks.

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I wash my hands of the whole thing.

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-Hi, Lou.

-Hi, Tracy. Almost ready to go - can't wait.

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Just remembered, Mr and Mrs Morris phoned - they've made a mistake.

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They want ME, not you.

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Umm...

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Never mind, Lou. I know what it's like - the times I've said goodbye,

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-they should give me my own revolving door.

-I'm sorry, Tracy.

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It's just, I wanted to go without any fuss,

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-without anyone getting upset.

-Lou, that was never going to happen.

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People get upset when Jude buys the wrong kind of beans.

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Make as much fuss as possible.

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Is that all your Dumping Ground rubbish?

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It's just stuff that reminds me of...stuff.

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We should have a ceremony - set fire to it all.

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No, better not.

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Wait... Yes!

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And we come to Lot 12 in the Louise Govan leaving auction.

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An exercise book containing some disturbing drawings of the staff.

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I'll take charge of that. Thank you, Oliver.

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Sold, to the lovely lady in the cheap cardigan.

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On to our next item - a monster mask.

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I'll have that.

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Very nice. I'm afraid this item has suddenly been withdrawn.

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-What?

-What? I wanted that.

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Just taking my fee.

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And on to Lot 14 - a beautiful set of glittery fairy wings.

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Me! Me!

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So, you like this Amber girl, then, do you?

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The trouble with dangerous women is they hurt everyone around them.

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If you don't like yourself, you can't like those that like you.

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-Can we not talk about this?

-Touching a raw nerve, am I?

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Giving you too much to think about at your tender age?

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It's just, you sound like my little brother and frankly it's creepy.

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What!?

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-And to our last item - a small, battered teddy bear named...

-Tony.

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Tony Bear.

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You cannot be serious.

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What am I bid? Dolly?

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He's cute.

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-Any advances on cute?

-NO! I mean, I don't want to give him away.

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I remember. It was our first Christmas - you cried for hours.

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I...I don't want to leave.

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Louise!

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You're talking like a crazy person.

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-You have to leave.

-Yeah, if someone as boring as you can get fostered,

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then there's hope for all of us.

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Tracy!

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-Thanks, that was amazing.

-You're welcome. What's happening here?

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One of the kids is leaving - a new family. Goody-two-shoes type.

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Type that people miss when they go.

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Wouldn't they miss you?

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You're not going to forget me, are you?

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-Justine, you're coming round for dinner on Sunday.

-Yeah.

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-I know you're not going to forget me.

-Stacy, isn't it? Stacy Baxter?

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Eh! Are you sure you should be doing that?

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-It's Elaine the Pain's car.

-The one who decides if you get sent away?

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Do they have children's homes in the North Pole?

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Look, Colin, I'm really sorry about the mower.

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It's OK, it's as good as new.

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Amber.

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What's the matter, Tracy? Don't tell me - hay fever.

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You know how you always say there's a family out there for everyone

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-and the hardest thing is finding them?

-Yes, and you tell me I'm mad.

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They look like an ordinary girl with ordinary grown-ups.

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But the girl's Amber.

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How weird is that?

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You know, I think I've just had a brilliant idea.

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Honestly, I have to do simply everything around here.

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Subtitles by Kate Spence BBC Broadcast 2003

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