Drama set in a children's home. Tracy's life is going well - until she gets arrested. She needs a job, but can she survive working at The Dumping Ground?
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Our next guest is a young author who spent her childhood in care,
bouncing between foster families and care homes.
But she survived to tell the tale and it's all in the autobiography...
I was watching that!
He keeps doing it, Mike!
All right, Carmen, I'll tell him not to turn it...
No talking, I'm practising!
I have to talk, Harry's broken the telly again!
-You said I was playing next.
-We said best of three.
Oh, Harry, come here, you devil, you!
Give us the ball back!
Give us it back!
Harry, I told you it's dangerous behind here!
-Give me that ball!
-That's it! Still there!
Oi, you! I told you not to play with the television!
'Who cares, Tracy Beaker?
'Thanks, I was going to...'
No, no, no, no, no, no, gimme!
Come here, everybody, look at this! Look!
-Who is she?
-It's Tracy Beaker!
'Oh, I still live with her...'
-She used to live here!
-Is she an actress?
-No, she's written a book!
-I know someone famous!
What's all the excitement about?
THEY ALL SHOUT TOGETHER
'Who Cares? by Tracy Beaker.'
I published it myself.
I've got 2,000 copies right here.
I can drop one in for you to read.
How many do you think you'll want, once you've read it?
Yeah! I'm on TV right now.
Yeah! IF you like it.
-KNOCK AT DOOR
Sorry! Power of TV, everybody wants me today.
OK, I'll put you down for ten. Thanks, bye!
That's what it says on the cover!
You're under arrest.
Did you pay Author Power Publishing to print 2,000 copies of your book,
using Camilla Lawson's credit card without her permission?
Oh, well, yeah, but she's my mum.
Look! That's her.
Listen - "To Cam, thanks for a great life."
She's cool, though. She'll tell you it's OK.
I don't think so.
She told the credit card company that you took the money.
I haven't seen him, terribly sorry. Frank!
Have you seen Liam today?
-Nothing's happened to him, Toby.
I've just got his foster parents on the phone.
Shall I look for him?
No, no. He's just a bit late home for his tea.
He's probably running home right now.
# Breaking rocks in the hot sun
# I fought the law and the law won
# I fought the law and the law won... #
# I needed money cos I had none
# I fought the law and the law won... #
I should charge you for wasting my time,
cos that's what this is - a waste of time.
Kid pulled a service wash scam down the launderette.
Charged a fiver for it.
I did his washing, didn't I?
Yeah, and you turned all his clothes pink.
There's your criminal, right there - not me.
That's the first time he's shut up since I nicked him, Sarge.
Park him over there, give him a chance to think.
Busy, busy, busy!
You're not talking, huh?
Undercover agent protecting your identity?
Time-traveller and don't want to ruin the future?
Or messed-up kid, worried about what his parents will say?
If I told you I was an undercover agent, I'd have to kill you.
-So, let's go with messed-up kid and foster parents.
Don't get me started.
I'm kind of here cos I wrote a book about it.
They arrested you cos you wrote a book?
How bad was your book?
Cost you £6.99 to find out!
You might as well tell them your name.
They're going to find out sooner or later,
it'll be better if it comes from you.
Yeah, I was just trying to buy some time.
(Liam, by the way.)
You know what?
Cos you're a fun guy, I'm gonna decide to tell you my name.
Beaker, come with me.
# Stop your foolin' around
# Time you straightened right out
# Better think of your future
# Else you wind up in jail
# A message to you, Rudy
# A message to you... #
Yes? Yes, it is.
We tend to arrest criminals, Ms Lawson.
Actually... Yes, erm, now, I do remember, actually, yeah...
I do think I DID say she could use my credit card.
Oh, really, even though you'll have to repay the £6,000 debt?
Oh, I don't know... Yes.
I have a suggestion.
I've spoken to your mother.
Subject to a couple of conditions, she's dropping the charges.
Oh! I knew Cam would see sense.
You pay Ms Lawson back.
I was always going to repay Cam. I just need to sell some...
You help with the local paper that I'm involved with.
I'm a bit old to be a papergirl.
I need someone to write a weekly column for young people.
And you being able to write this, you'll do.
Call it community service.
I can do that.
500 words by close of play, delivered every Wednesday.
Fail to meet either condition, you could be prosecuted for fraud.
Do I make myself clear?
Liam! How many times do I have to pick you up from places like this?
Dunno! If there's a limit, tell me, so I can arrange with someone else.
I don't think it's funny that you've been arrested.
His foster parents will get a compensation notice
-to pay the man for his clothes.
Come on then, Liam. Time to face the music.
Your social worker will meet us there.
We saw you on television this afternoon! Well done on the book!
Aw, thanks, Mike!
Aw, it's been ages! How's Cam and Gary?
Cam's fine! We don't talk about Gary.
So good to see you.
If you want to get on in life,
maybe we could have less Artful Dodger and bit more Tracy Beaker.
I am like Tracy. We both got nicked!
You published your own book?! With Cam's money?!
Tracy! How could you?
Cam's a writer, she'll understand!
-I'll pay her back when the book's out.
So, I think I'd better stick with the Artful Dodger thing for now,
what d'you reckon?
'You have four new messages.
'How DARE you use my credit card?
'Is that why you've turned your phone off?'
'Can you just pick up the phone?
'I'm trying your mobile, your mobile's not on.
'You need to ring me as soon as you get this, OK?'
'Where are you?!
'I'm so mad at you, I feel like screaming.
'You'd better ring me back, Tracy,
'or I don't know what I'll do when I get hold of you!'
'Tracy, this is serious. Pick up the phone NOW!'
Who is it?
I'm a friend of Mike's.
I'm... I'm sorry, he's not in.
Do you want to leave a message?
I was hoping to see him. I used to live here.
I don't know when he's going to be back.
Maybe you should pop back in half an hour, something like that, yeah?
Why don't you come and wait in here, yeah?
-Where it's warm.
I'll get you a towel, yeah?
(What's going on?)
(It's that girl from the telly.)
-Here you go.
So, how long were you here, then?
Felt like forever.
See? I told you it was her!
Did you used to live here?
Oh, you're the writer! Sorry, why didn't you say?
You lot, you're meant to be in bed.
We were, but then we heard she was here.
I told them.
If I buy your book, can you sign it for me?
It might be a little bit pricey for you, Carmen,
so I'll buy it when I get a chance and then you can borrow it, yeah?
Oh, thank you, Tracy.
Normally it's 6.99, but...
you can have it for 6.
Come on, you lot! Back to bed!
No, I haven't had a chance to talk...
We haven't heard about being on TV yet!
Right. First one back to bed gets to ask me about being on the telly!
Wait for me!
I'll come and say good night to all of you!
Get out of my way!
What's going on?
Sorry! My fault.
You were on telly?
That's our Sapphire.
They hid behind a big, old oak tree
and the troll leapt out from behind the tree,
his warty nose wobbling in the moonlight.
The three princesses screamed and ran for their lives.
(Is she making this up?)
(Mm-hmm. It's a new one every night.)
(The girls won't go to sleep, without Lily being there.)
(I'm trying to break the habit.)
They're not asleep yet!
I know, but they soon will be.
Kiss your sisters good night.
-Good night, Poppy. Good night, Rosie.
-Good night, girls.
Good night, Lily.
Tracy! What are you doing here?
She's been helping me put the kids to bed.
It was like she wave a magic wand and - poof! - they were gone!
I'm sorry, it took forever to calm down Liam's foster parents.
He's fine, Frank, now go back to bed.
So, I guess it didn't go so well with Cam, then?
Did she chuck you out?
Left before she could. She's on her way back from New York.
Well, you're going to have to face her sooner or later.
Sorry, what's happened?
Tracy used her mum's credit card to publish her book.
I ran into her down the police station.
I'm going to pay her back!
-The charges were dropped!
I can't believe I let you help me put the kids to bed!
Would you like to stay here tonight?
I don't think that would go down very well.
Don't worry about Gina.
(It's my call.)
Well, at least you know where everything is.
See you in the morning.
What are you doing?
Minding my own business.
Are you hoping to go to art college?
You must be nearly 16, right?
Year and a bit to go.
Then I'm out of here.
I was desperate to leave, too.
Well, it worked out all right for you.
You're, like, some kind of celebrity!
What you doing back here?
Once I'm gone, I'm never coming back.
Yep, I said that.
But, you know, at times like this, it's actually quite nice to be here.
Are you a total brain donor or what?
Hello, TV Girl.
Hello, Notebook Boy.
-It was my idea!
-You'll spill it, I'll take it!
What's going on?
We can't decide who's taking Tracy's tea up.
Why don't you all take it up?
All right, but I'm holding it.
Stop pushing, I'll spill it!
Tracy's gone and she never even said goodbye!
-Maybe she's in the bathroom.
-She's not, we've looked everywhere!
Oh, well, never mind.
You know how busy these authors are.
You never know what they're going to be getting up to next!
Thought I'd find you here.
Here you go, lovely.
Trying to work out what to do.
When does Cam get back?
Don't know. Now, I guess.
I need something to prove I'm going to pay her back.
Well, you've always got that six quid you took off Gina for the book.
She's REALLY happy about that, by the way(!)
I know I haven't got any qualifications but...
I need a job.
We need someone! You said yourself, she was great with the kids.
Mike! She was arrested yesterday!
It was a mistake, they dropped the charges!
-I think she'd be really good at the job.
We need a care assistant, not another kid!
She grew up here, she gets what's going on.
Oh, and we don't?
Neither of you knows what's going on with Lily.
She's the one that can't sleep on her own, not her sisters.
Do you know what? I think Tracy might be right.
I am right.
Rosie and Poppy aren't the only ones Lily's been telling stories to.
KNOCK AT DOOR
I'm so, so sorry, Cam.
I'm going to pay you back every penny.
Too right you are.
And here's your first instalment.
I got a job.
Where you first found me.
I am going back to the Dumping Ground.
Turn it, turn it the... You're squishing me!
Sorry, sorry, right.
-Turn it this way.
-What are you doing?!
Trying to move the bed!
Well, not very helpful!
I need to get past!
WHAT ARE YOU DOIN'?
You were supposed to wait until Tracy helped you move room!
-She did wait!
-But Tracy never turned up!
She never does anything she's supposed to.
You're going to be late again!
It's my first column!
I need it to be great.
What you need is to not get fired,
so you can pay me back the money you owe me.
I got the job, didn't I?
Yes, and now you're going to lose it.
Lily seems to have perked up.
Let's hope she sleeps better now she's sharing.
If Carmen stops yakking long enough to let her.
That was a good idea of Tracy's.
When she shows up for work, I will be sure to thank her.
TV Girl's tour was supposed to start after my piano practice.
She'll be here soon, Gus.
Yesterday, "soon" was 26 minutes late,
and you said it was too late for her to do my tour.
Well, I'm sure she won't be too late today. Soon!
So, how long is today's "soon"?
Yes, Mike, how long is it, hmm?
OK, I'll go and ring her.
'I'm Tracy Beaker. Welcome to my first newspaper column.
'Writing's my proper job but I also help out at the Dumping Ground,
'where I grew up.'
'I'm a role model for the kids there.
'I've been where they are now. They know I'm there for them.'
Oh, sorry. Hi, Rob.
Mm-hmm, come on.
Just had social services on the phone. Liam's coming back.
-He's not been arrested again, has he?
No, something about a minor explosion.
No, no, no, no, no, no, no! No-one's been hurt.
Right. Well, there's still no Tracy,
so I guess I'd better make up his room.
What time do you call this?
Tracy, you're over an hour late!
I know, I'm really sorry. I was working on my column.
-It's the first one, it's kind of a big deal.
-So is this job.
Hm! What an honour(!)
Now, take that, sort out Carmen's old room.
-Oh, Liam's coming back.
It didn't work out with his foster family.
-I thought you'd convinced them to give him another chance.
-So did I.
Tracy, the tour starts upstairs!
Oh, Gus, can we do this later? I'm busy now.
No, you promised me you'd do my tour.
And I can't do anything until I've crossed the tour off my list.
I can't cross the tour of my list till you've done it!
This is Tee's room.
Tee, the girl, is spelt with two E's,
but tea, the drink, is spelt with an E and an A.
Oh, I was going to do that with you.
Tee, I'm so sorry...
No talking on the tour, you'll hold us up and we're late already!
When you open the door without knocking, she throws things.
When you knock, she shouts, "Go away!"
This would look amazing on you!
You have to borrow it.
This was Lily's room, but now it's...
Lily and Carmen's room!
-No talking on the tour, you're spoiling it!
-OK, I won't, I promise.
-You don't keep your promises.
-We're not talking to her!
-What did I do?
-If you don't know, we're not telling you.
-Oh, I said I'd help you move rooms.
Look, girls, I'm really sorry, but...
You're doing it again! Stop talking!
"Tracy Beaker promises not to talk on Gus's tour." There.
Now what did I do?! Gus!
Where is he?
He's right behind me.
Come on, it's only ten metres between here and the car,
we can't have lost him already!
# A million love songs later
-# And here I am trying to tell you
-Keep it down!
-# That I care
-# A million love songs later
# Here I am... #
SCREAMS AND COMMOTION
-Get out, get out!
-Get that thing away from me!
Get it away!
What's going on?
I told you it was Liam.
-Lily, this is Liam.
So, I guess this ain't my room any more.
It's Poppy and Rosie's. Their sister's my best friend.
Oh, for goodness' sake, Liam!
Could you not come in the front door like everybody else?
What did you think you were doin', huh?
What? You wanted to end up a pile of broken bones on the floor?
Oh, nice to see you too, Gina. So, where am I staying, then?
The pink palace! My favourite.
-We helped paint it.
-Entertainment's better than I remember!
She works here.
Oh! Hey, Liam.
Oh! Writing career going well, then?
Oh! We met in prison.
We met at the police station.
Heard you were coming back.
-Why wouldn't I be?
-Cos you're back here and not with your foster family?
they didn't have a pink bedroom,
or a Frank.
Er, just Liam, Frank.
But he only just got here.
Tell you what, I'm making lunch today.
How about I make you a burger?
No, I won't!
Take it, mate.
You don't have to pretend with me.
Pretend about what?
Being back here! It sucks, right?
It's not that bad.
I've been dumped by hundreds of foster parents, it sucks.
I was gutted every time I got sent back here.
Well, I'm good.
-Fine. If you ever decide you want to talk...
Erm, are we done, cos...
I really wanna catch up with Frank.
The little girl stood up.
"I'm Katie Kilometre, the famous explorer,
"and I'm back from Antarctica." Everyone cheered.
-What are you doing?
Carmen's reading us a story.
The Tale Of Katie Kilometre. It's the best book ever!
I tell them stories at bedtime.
They wanted a story now.
But Katie wasn't alone. Behind her was a huge bear,
as tall as three normal bears standing on each other's shoulders.
Where's Liam's file?
Ex-resident's drawer, I haven't had a chance to move it.
I need to talk to you about your timekeeping
and the way you've just...
I'm sorry, I've been all over the place.
It's my first week, I'm trying to get my column right... I'll sort it.
Hey, Liam's been returned five times.
He can be a handful.
It says he always takes it well.
Ah well, not everybody breaks things like you used to.
I just think he's not that surprised any more.
-Yeah, but it's still not...
-Remember, you're doing lunch.
You are witnessing the birth of Liam-ade.
The greatest fizzy drink of the 21st century.
-He'll blow it up!
It doesn't blow up.
OK, it did once, but it wasn't supposed to happen.
-What did happen, then?
-I stored it under my foster mum and dad's bed.
You killed your foster parents?
No! Just...gave 'em a shock and...
got them a little bit soggy.
It is safe now, though?
I have made improvements.
Is the bottle getting bigger?
I think we'd better run!
Whoa, slow down! Somebody'll have an accident!
Find Liam and posse and get them to clear up the kitchen, will you?
Mike! I can't believe you never showed me this!
Tracy, I don't know what that is, but it can wait till I've cleaned off.
No, it can't! It's a letter from my mum I've never seen before!
With a note attached from you saying not to show it to me.
Oh, this is really old.
I'm sorry. This should have been in your red file when you left us.
Well, it wasn't! I found it screwed up in the filing cabinet.
I don't know how that happened. I'm sorry, it was a bad mistake.
The mistake was not showing it to me when it arrived!
We did what we thought was best at the time.
It's a letter from my birth mum!
Yes, saying that she MIGHT visit and she'd always let you down before!
So, Cam and I thought it was best not to show you
until we'd had some confirmation!
Cam knew about this?
Well, yes, but...
What are you doing back? Oh, don't tell me you've got fired.
Why are you bringing this up?
This is five years old.
And I thought you knew.
If I knew about it, I'd have said something.
Well, we were trying to protect you!
And we were right.
She never even applied for visiting rights.
You should have told me.
At least I'd have known she was thinking about me.
It felt like the right thing to do at the time.
What other secrets have you kept from me?
Have I got a dad somewhere out there I don't know about?
Brothers? Sisters? Am I twins?
Tracy, just calm down! We can talk about this...
I trusted you and you betrayed me!
I'll never be able to trust you again.
Oh, well, now you know how I felt after you stole my money!
Shall I add "Tracy not doing lunch"
to my list of what she's done wrong?
No, thank you, Gus. Go and sit down.
I want chips! Can we have chips?
Well, let's see. She was late for work,
she didn't help Carmen move rooms,
she wrote in my book...
Not doing lunch makes four.
Eh, Tracy promised me a burger.
Yeah, well, Tracy isn't here, is she, Frank?
I'm adding Frank's burger to my list.
Give her a break, she hasn't been here long.
What do you think people thought of you at first?
You were strange.
Yeah, well, you think your giraffe talks.
Here you are, Poppy, I'll do it.
I bet Tracy's done some good stuff, too.
You should make a list of stuff she's done right
since she's been here.
-She helped me out at the cop shop.
And Tracy's criminal record is an inspiration to us all.
It doesn't go in there!
It goes in the compost bin!
Johnny, what are you doing? Get off!
-I'm going to put this in the compost bin!
-Johnny, let go!
This can't go on.
You have been late for work every day.
And when you're meant to do lunch, you go out,
and worse, and even more unforgivable,
is that you keep on breaking your promises to the kids.
I do not!
There's Carmen, Lily,
Hmm? You keep letting them down and it happens every day!
And you out of all people should know,
you cannot break your promise to children in care.
Come on, Tracy. You better get your act together, otherwise you're out!
You can't fire me!
You're not in charge, only Mike can fire me!
Kids, go on, off you go.
If you don't mind, Gina, I'll deal with this.
Listen, I've let things slide because I thought you'd find your feet.
But your behaviour today has been completely unacceptable.
And if you don't change your attitude, well...
we're going to have to let you go.
Let me save you the trouble.
# Keep on runnin'
# Keep on hidin'
# One fine day, I'm gonna be the one
# To make you understand
# Oh yeah, I'm gonna be your man... #
Don't they look great, Lily?
The clothes are too big.
We're just having a laugh. Fancy some sparklers?
Rosie doesn't like stuff in her hair.
She'll love it, it's like fairy dust.
She won't like it.
She will, look! It's amazing.
-I told you not to!
I thought she'd like it.
You never listen!
I don't want to be best friends with you any more.
Come on, I'll wash that off.
-Is that what you wanted?
Do you want another one?
No, thank you. One each. Sapphire's next.
That's a weird question.
Lily doesn't want to be friends any more.
That's how it is in a place like this. You'll get used to it.
But you're in my room, I've got nowhere to sleep.
Yep, the pink palace is now Liam's lair.
It's not like you're homeless, you've still got a bed.
In a room where I'm not wanted.
You and Lily, you've just gotta get used to each other.
It's a big deal, living with someone you're not used to.
-One of the biggest things ever.
Look at me, I blew me foster parents up!
Did you blow Lily up?
Listen, you're doing better than me already.
Just give 'em a bit of space, eh? And don't blow 'em up.
And when the storm came,
Princess Rosie, Princess Poppy and Princess Lily
went and sheltered underneath a tent made of feathers and leaves...
going to ask Mike if we can change bedrooms.
I'm sorry I've been such a pain,
but I hope we can still be friends.
I want you to have this.
..a tent made of feathers and leaves.
Is Carmen in our story?
Do you want her to be?
You don't have to ask Mike to move rooms. I want you to stay.
We all do.
I have a question.
What are you doing out here?
What do you think?
Last bottle of lemonade.
So, why'd you come back to the Dumping Ground?
Needed a job.
Yeah, but here?
You don't have to pretend with me.
"Being back here, it sucks, right?"
I worked so hard to get away from this place and now I'm back.
Well, I was.
You showed some back there.
Everyone was watching, weren't they?
Not everyone, but the people who weren't,
they had it acted out for 'em.
It was a laugh.
"I quit!" Tshhh!
Oh! What was I thinking?
Oh, forget it.
You don't see me crying over something I can't change.
You wanna see someone cry?
Go write in Gus's notebook.
Who told you?
He did, of course.
that's your "Liam time" up.
So drink up and shove off.
Takes a bit of getting used to.
Mike, I'm really sorry about earlier.
-No, it's not OK.
I made a mistake, I... I want to stay.
I'm sorry, Tracy, but it's not that simple.
I don't think that you made a mistake. I think I did.
The business with the letter
has shown me just how hard it is for you to come back.
I shouldn't have said you could come and work here.
But I can do it!
I'll turn up to work on time,
I won't make any promises I can't keep!
I'll make it up to the children. Please, Mike!
-I need this job.
I'm sorry, Tracy.
It's been a really tough decision,
but...but it's for the best.
As much as I would like to help you,
the kids come first.
I have to do what's best for them.
I have a list to read out.
Oh, erm, can we hear it later?
Yes, you can hear it later,
but you need to hear it now too.
Things Tracy has done right -
Rosie says Tracy makes her laugh.
Lily says Tracy's the only other person Poppy lets tie her shoelaces.
Sapphire says Tracy was rude to a boy who phoned her.
She says that's a good thing.
Liam says he likes it with Tracy here,
because he's not the only one causing trouble.
That might have been a joke.
Geoff likes Tracy, Gus.
Tee says Tracy makes...
OK, thanks, Gus, thanks.
I have 11 more things Tracy has done right...
That's OK, but I think I've got your point. Yep.
Now, why don't you leave us alone, please?
Tracy and I need to talk.
Seems like the kids want you to stay.
And if you do,
you are making a huge commitment to these children, right?
You can't keep letting them down.
I won't. I promise.
I know I've got to stop living in the past and move on.
All right. How are you going to do that?
Mike, I've no idea.
But I think I know where to start.
'This is my first column and my fresh start.
'Sometimes, having a fresh start
'doesn't mean doing something completely new.
'Sometimes it means doing something that you've done before,
'but in a new way.
'Moving forward instead of looking back.
'A wise young man told me something this afternoon,
'which made me realise -
'tomorrow starts today.
'So, to all my readers - Happy New Life's Eve.'
Subtitles by Mark Corrigan Red Bee Media Ltd
E-mail [email protected]
Drama set in a children's home.
With a published book and TV appearance, Tracy's life is going well - until she gets arrested. She needs a job, but can she survive working at The Dumping Ground?