Drama set in a children's home. Tracy will leave to become a full-time reporter if the kids cooperate on an article she has to write - but they won't.
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Bit rough round the edges,
but we'd soon knock that out of you.
The junior reporter job...
SHE SQUEALS AND CLAPS If...
I like your test article.
-Write about these kids you're working with.
Tell me what life is like from...
Aren't you taking notes?
Tell me what life's like from their point of view.
Hopes. Fears. Dreams.
That kind of yah-da-da.
If I like it...
-If you don't?
-Nice meeting you.
Cam? I got the job. I'm moving to London.
I'm going to be a proper writer!
Yeah. Good luck with it all.
-When do you start?
-I have to write an article about the kids first.
-It's for real, Mike.
-She's offered me the job, as long as she likes the article.
We'll assume you're leaving and find a replacement.
-I'll interview each of them, then...
-Don't explain it to us.
They're the ones that need to know.
Just as she was starting to work out.
Did I say that out loud?
I've been offered a job in London.
-As a junior reporter for a newspaper.
So I'm leaving.
Look, I've dreamt of this job ever since I lived here.
I'm sorry, I can't turn it down.
-It means too much.
-And we don't?
Well, that's put us in our place.
-I didn't mean it like that.
-Don't beat yourself up, Beaker.
You're just one in a long line of care workers.
Easy come, easy go.
-I'm not leaving yet.
-I think this is great.
You can write about us all and make us famous.
I don't know about famous, but I would like to write about you.
I want you to tell me what it's like to be in care.
-You already know what it's like to be in a care home.
the editor wants the article from your point of view.
It's kind of a test.
Hold on, hold on, you want to leave us, but you want our help?
Sorry, Tracy, that sucks.
-You want out?
Fine, go. But you ain't getting my help.
It was like I'd told them their birthday had been cancelled.
Same with Mike and Gina, pretending to be nice.
So obvious they didn't mean it!
Well, take it as a compliment. They all just really want you to stay.
Right, so I just forget the whole thing?
I know, I'll spend my whole life at the Dumping Ground!
That way, everyone's happy!
Look, it's natural to feel a little bit guilty.
Mike and Gina will survive without you. So will the kids.
They won't need to if I can't get their help.
They'll come round, once they've slept on it.
-You'll see, they'll be queuing up to talk to you.
-I hope so.
-She doesn't like us.
-She does. She likes being a writer better.
Maybe if we do her article, they'll want photos to go with it
and buy us new clothes?
As if! Liam's right, we shouldn't do her article.
Why are you so cross with Tracy? She can leave if she wants to.
She said she'd make sure I get back with Poppy and Rosie.
She promised. Now she's leaving.
Lily, we won't do the dumb article.
Promise. Right, Tee?
If you ask me to talk Tracy out of leaving, you're wasting your time.
I can't pretend I'm not disappointed, but I get why she's going.
It's a fantastic opportunity. She's done really well for herself,
considering what she was like as a child.
-You've been an amazing mum to her.
-Aw! Thanks, Mike.
It's so hard finding good foster parents.
We were really lucky to find you.
It's not everyone's cup of tea.
-That's why it's important to hold on to the good ones.
We've got a good bunch of kids at the moment.
I'd love to find them somewhere.
Mike? You're not suggesting that I...
That is a crazy idea!
It's a corker. You'll have the space when Tracy moves out.
And we're desperate for foster homes.
Tracy was a one-off. There's no way I'd go through that again.
-I've been thinking.
-I reckon we should do Tracy's article.
-What, all of us?
No. Just you and me.
-Why just us?
-Don't be thick, Tee.
You did just wake me up.
If the whole article's just about us,
imagine how much interest there'll be. We're bound to get fostered.
-Maybe even find relatives we didn't know about.
-I can't, Johnny.
-I promised Lily I wouldn't.
-Don't worry. I'll talk to her.
-No! Please don't.
-She'll be fine when she hears why.
Tee's doing Tracy's article. OK?
There you go. Sorted. Come on.
-Wait! You don't decide what Tee does.
-Neither do you.
-So let's let Tee decide.
-She has decided.
-Well, I never...
-She's doing it.
-Let her speak!
-Just cos you lost your sisters, don't poke your nose in.
-Get out! Get out!
-Stop it, Lily!
Get out! Get out!
Stop it! Stop it!
Johnny was having a go at Lily.
-He was just talking to her about Tracy.
-Look, just go to bed, go on!
Now! Bed! All of you!
Well done, Johnny.
"Think about it," he said. As if I'd go pick another kid,
-cos you're leaving!
Who'd want someone to keep them company,
when they could rattle around a flat on their own(?)
You don't agree with him, do you?
-You're a great mum.
-I'm your mum.
-You could be someone else's too.
You don't have to adopt them, just take them in for a while.
No way. It'd be a disaster.
Maybe, but what if it wasn't?
Never say never.
You didn't lose any time hitting on Cam!
You know how hard it is finding foster parents.
Couldn't let a good one go to waste. Not that she wants to do it.
Ah, maybe she does.
It's not a done deal. We talked about it for ages last night.
-She's coming over this morning to see you.
-Great! Thank you.
How are the kids?
Actually, I wanted to talk to you about that.
Gina found some of them arguing last night.
-They're all pretty unsettled about you going.
-I'll talk to them.
I've had a look at your holiday entitlements,
and Gina and I have had a chat.
We think it's probably best if...
Well...you can leave at the end of the week.
-I don't need to leave that fast.
-I'm really sorry,
but it's causing disruption.
I need to be here. If I can't get the kids to help with the article,
I won't have a job to go to.
You can have a word with them.
I'm sure they'll talk to you.
Maybe you could...
This is between you and them.
It'd be wrong for me to get involved.
You've known me since I was a kid, Mike.
What have I always wanted to be?
I'm this close, and you won't help me?
This coming from the man
who said never to let being in care hold you back?
Tracy, if I could, I would...
I don't want to hear it.
I'm going to get this job, Mike.
I'm going to do it just like I've got everything else I ever wanted...
on my own.
Look, I know you're totally hacked off with me.
I'm sorry for upsetting you.
But we care kids don't get given breaks.
So when opportunity comes along we've got to take it.
That's all I'm doing.
Don't hate me for it.
That's not why I hate you. I hate you for conning us.
Giving it all that, "I'm there for you", "We're all care kids together".
You are just using us so you can move on to something better!
Is that what you all think?
You promised me you'd help me get back with Poppy and Rosie.
Lily, I'm sorry.
Guys. We're all in this together.
They won't cooperate. They hate me.
-What about the article?
-I've been trying to write it,
guessing what they might say.
But it's fake and it's rubbish. I have to interview them.
Hi, Cam! Come on in.
-Can I get you a cup of coffee?
-Actually, I don't know if there's much point in us talking.
Oh, this is all such a mess.
Look I was thinking about fostering.
-But it doesn't look like Tracy's going now.
-All the kids are refusing to help with her article.
Tracy told me just now.
-Oh, Cam. I feel really bad.
-It's not your fault.
Tracy asked me to talk to them and I wouldn't.
-I felt it was their choice.
-So if Tracy's not moving out,
I can't think about fostering anyone.
Sorry, Mike. I know this must be really disappointing for you.
I reckon we'd be in with a really good chance of Cam fostering us.
But we all agreed we weren't going to do it.
This is different. It's our future.
Stop asking me to choose between you and my friends. It's not fair!
I'm just trying to do what's right for us.
-I know, but you're getting me in a muddle.
-Don't really fancy it.
-don't want it!
I've decided to do your interview.
Thanks, Johnny, it'll be a great help.
You realise it'll just be me?
-Tee won't do it.
I'll just go and get my laptop, OK?
Gina, you haven't moved my laptop, have you?
-I can't find it.
-No, I've just come in, why?
40% of residents might help Tracy.
That's Johnny, Tee, Carmen and Harry.
With another 10% persuadable. That's Frank.
So that's half the residents.
-Bad. The remaining 40% are Sapphire, Liam, Toby and Lily,
who have 90% of the power. And that 40% will use their 90%,
so the first 50% will say "no".
What about your 10%, Gus? Where d'you stand?
In my bedroom.
So you haven't seen it, then?
-You think I stole it?
Tracy! Lily doesn't steal things.
I didn't take it either!
Sorry. I was just wondering.
Look, Lily, me leaving doesn't stop me
-helping you get back with Rosie and Poppy.
I'll still talk to Rob about it.
I'll keep putting pressure on Mike.
And I'm always here if you need to talk to me.
I'll just be at the end of a phone, instead of face to face.
I'm leaving the job.
I'm not leaving your lives.
-Liam, can I have a word?
-Yeah, how about "goodbye"?
No, my laptop's gone missing, I was just wondering if...
You accusing me of nicking it?
-No! I was just wondering if you knew where it was.
-Well, I don't.
Liam! Hang on!
You sure you haven't seen it?
I don't want to get Mike and Gina involved.
Don't threaten me! I ain't seen your skanky laptop. All right?
-I never said that you had!
-Just cos you met me down the nick
-doesn't mean I'm a thief!
-I know! Liam, look,
-please, will you just calm down?
-I'll show you!
I'll show you I ain't got your laptop.
See your laptop anywhere, do you?
-What's going on?
-Have you asked her about your precious laptop?
-Cos I'm your suspect. She's handles stolen goods.
-That's out of order!
Not from where I'm standing, it's not. Go on, have a pop at her.
What are you having a go at me for? I'm not the enemy, she is.
-Go on, get out my room, all of you!
Look, I'm not stupid.
I can see the damage I've done by saying I want to leave.
OK, so you won't help me with my article.
Maybe it was unreasonable for me to ask. I'm not going to get the job,
but it's clear none of you lot want me here,
so I might as well just leave anyway.
I wanted to stop you from doing your interviews,
cos if you asked me and I said no,
then Johnny would be mad at me,
but if I said yes, everybody else would.
I'm really sorry, Tracy.
I'm sorry for making things difficult for you and the others.
-I didn't mean to.
Can we just keep this secret?
I wouldn't want Johnny to know it was me.
So what's the first question?
-For the interview, what's the first question?
Are you sure? I don't want to cause you trouble.
Just don't tell anyone else.
What about Johnny?
I'll take Liam.
Best of three?
You've got Sapphire.
The risks I take for a fostering opportunity!
So why are we going to help Tracy?
Because if you do it, all the others will follow you.
Listen, Mike has known Tracy for a long, long time,
and I don't think he wants her leaving here with any bad feeling.
And neither do I.
So please, just think about it?
We should help.
You can help if you want.
Leave me out.
Why are you so angry?
I thought I'd finally met a care worker who got me,
who was on my side.
Should've known better.
-Come on, Harry, come out.
-Jeff's too sad.
You hate Tracy.
You will tell Cam that we helped, right?
I heard her talking to Mike,
saying she wouldn't foster because us lot
wouldn't do your interviews, so...
What were you thinking?
I did not blackmail Mike into getting the kids to talk to you.
I said, if you weren't leaving, I wouldn't be able to foster.
Johnny got it wrong.
OK. Sorry for going off on one.
Got to go.
I promise I won't tell Liam.
Or any of the others.
I'm not insisting that you do it, but I'm just saying that...
Don't bleat on, Mike. I get it, OK?
Does that mean that you will help Tracy?
Where were we?
-In a bedsit with your dad.
-Why did you hide from Mike?
-Cos we didn't know it was him.
And he might have told the others that we were talking to Tracy.
-Sapph, what made you decide to help?
-Oh, something Harry said.
And...you've always been there for me when it mattered.
It seemed right to return the favour.
Even if I don't like you much!
Right, tell me about this bedsit.
-I feel dreadful. I'm so embarrassed.
-Why? What's happened?
Johnny overheard a conversation.
He thinks I'm going to foster him and Tee.
Quick, or Lily will wonder where I've gone.
So, what's the first question?
And that's why it's not a great idea to listen in
on conversations, Johnny. You get the wrong end of the stick.
And if I did decide to foster,
it wouldn't be fair to choose on the basis
of who let Tracy interview them first.
Do you see that, Johnny?
I just thought that you'd like Tee and it would all work out.
The decision to foster anyone hasn't been made yet.
And it's a much bigger thing than simply deciding who we like the most.
Don't we, Johnny?
Good. Come on then, off you go.
Carmen and I were just chatting, so don't give her a hard time, OK?
If you say so.
-Found it, then?
-I'm really, really sorry for accusing you.
I thought you said you hadn't.
Yeah, whatever. We both know I was wrong.
Where are you going?
-I didn't think you'd want to be in here with me.
-We don't mind.
We came to do the interviews.
Only if you...
..Promise not to tell the others?
Oh, where's Lily, guys?
I don't know.
You know what, guys?
I'm trying to write this ad for Tracy's replacement.
What do you think?
What kind of person would you like?
Someone who sticks up for you.
Someone who doesn't get cross when you do something wrong.
-Kind and fun.
-Someone who you can go to...
Just hold on.
Stick up for you, kind and fun, yeah.
Did you get my one? Someone you can go to when you need help.
-Someone brave who doesn't think you're lame if you get scared.
Someone you can't get one over on, but they still have a good laugh.
Don't you see? You're describing Tracy Beaker.
That's what you should put in your ad.
You want another Tracy Beaker.
There you go then. Get it down your neck.
Guys, I want to come clean.
Before it gets too weird, I just want to thank...
the person who let me interview them for the article.
CHILDREN TALK OVER EACH OTHER
Look, I just want to thank you all.
Come on, get on the sofa.
Big ones at the back, small ones at the front.
Ready, steady, now.
-Tracy, we need one with you as well.
-Eh... no, we don't.
Tracy, Tracy, Tracy, Tracy!
Go on, Tracy.
-You can use it in your article.
Right, everybody. Look at me, please.
Everybody say "knickers"!
# Don't you forget about me
# Don't, don't, don't, don't
# Don't you forget about me
# Will you stand above me?
# Look my way... #
Well. You've covered all the bases.
Make them laugh, make them cry, there's social comment.
But the big question is, is it good enough to get you
a full-time job on the paper?
Did you get it?
Well done, Tracy!
I didn't take it.
I thought I'd miss you guys too much.
So you're staying?
If Mike'll have me.
Right, hold on. Hold on.
I might not have taken the job, but they still printed the article!
There it is!
Look at me!
Are you sure you've made the right decision?
I wasn't, right up until the moment she offered me the job.
Then I knew.
I've proved I can do it.
I guess this means that Cam won't be doing fostering after all.
Don't be too sure. As she keeps reminding me, it's a very big flat!
My whole life I've dreamt of being a writer.
Now I've proved I can be one, if I want and when I want.
What doing this article's taught me
is that, right now, the Dumping Ground's where I want to be.
-Who are you talking to?
Do you see that? Look!
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