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The Dumping Ground
The Dumping Ground Title Card
Genre Children's drama
Directed by Various
Starring
  • Current cast
Theme music composer Jeremy Holland-Smith
Composer(s) Jeremy Holland-Smith (series 1)
Simon Rogers (series 2–present)
Country of origin United Kingdom
Original language(s) English
No. of series 8
No. of episodes 156 (list of episodes)
Production
Executive producer(s)
  • Foz Allan (series 1)
  • Lis Steele (series 2–3)
  • Lucy Martin (series 4)
  • Kim Crowther (series 4)
  • Jonathan Phillips (series 5–8)
Producer(s)
  • Louise Sutton (series 1)
  • Simon Nelson (series 2)
  • Philip Leach (series 3–4)
  • Gert Thomas (series 5–7)
  • Emma Bodger (series 8)
Camera setup Multi-camera
Running time 28 minutes (regular episodes)
Production company(s) BBC
Distributor BBC Studios
Release
Original network
Picture format HDTV 1080i
Original release 4 January 2013 (2013-01-04) – present
Chronology
Preceded by Tracy Beaker Returns
Related shows
  • The Story Of Tracy Beaker
  • Liam's Story
  • The Dumping Ground Dish Up
  • The Dumping Ground Survival Files
  • The Dumping Ground: I'm...
  • My Mum Tracy Beaker

The Dumping Ground (also informally referred to as TDG) is a British children's television drama series that focuses on the lives and experiences of young people who live in a care home with their care workers in care, broadcast on CBBC since 4 January 2013. The series is a continuation of Tracy Beaker Returns and the first series, consisting of thirteen, thirty-minute episodes, was commissioned in early 2012. A second series, also with thirteen, thirty-minute episodes, was announced in 2013. The third and fourth series, announced in 2014 and 2015 respectively, both had an increase in episodes: twenty, thirty-minute episodes. In 2016, it was confirmed that two further series, with 24 episodes in each series, would be made.

The Dumping Ground broadcast its 100th episode on 16 March 2018, which was the tenth episode of series six. An eighth series is currently airing from January 2020 to February 2021.

Series 8B started in September 2020. After 5 episodes, it was confirmed that the remaining episodes of The Dumping Ground would be shown in early 2021 excluding the Christmas Special which was shown in December 2020. This is due to the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic and the delay of Series 9 filming. Filming for the ninth series began at the end of 2020.

Plot

The series revolves around the life of children in the Ashdene Ridge (previously Elm Tree House) care home; typically each episode follows one or more characters' life and includes subplots featuring other characters. The Dumping Ground deals with issues related to the care system as well as social issues such as friendships, family, relationships, mental health, adolescence and LGBT parenting.

Episodes

Characters

Spin-offs

Since its inception, The Dumping Ground has had four spin-offs. The Dumping Ground Survival Files aired for two series from 6 January to 12 December 2014. Webisode series Liam's Story aired from 17 January to 14 March 2014 and aired in a full episode on television on 23 March 2014. The series followed the character of Liam O'Donovan, played by Richard Wisker, after his life in care. In November 2015, a five-part miniseries aired, titled The Dumping Ground Dish Up, that featured five former cast members - Joe Maw, Jessie Williams, Chris Slater, Jessica Revell and Saffron Coomber - in character and showing how to make different dishes. The Dumping Ground: I'm..., another webisode series where young people and staff describe living and working in care, aired for two series from 25 January 2016 to 9 February 2017. On 6 April 2018, a five-part mini webisode series was released called Sasha's Contact Meeting, which followed Sasha with her social worker planning her pathway plan for when she leaves care.

Ratings

Ratings from BARB. From series 6b onwards, viewing figures include four-screen data and pre-transmission viewing.

Series No. Episode No. Airdate Viewers Avg. Viewers CBBC
weekly
ranking
BBC iPlayer requests Source
1 1 4 January 2013 (2013-01-04) 625,000 545,000 1 1,479,000
2
3 11 January 2013 (2013-01-11) 684,000 1 1,072,000
4 18 January 2013 (2013-01-18) 500,000 1 1,076,000
5 25 January 2013 (2013-01-25) 631,000 1 TBA TBA
6 1 February 2013 (2013-02-01) 545,000 1 943,000
7 8 February 2013 (2013-02-08) 594,000 1 810,000
8 15 February 2013 (2013-02-15) 486,000 2 TBA TBA
9 22 February 2013 (2013-02-22) 463,000 1 TBA TBA
10 1 March 2013 (2013-03-01) 438,000 1 977,000
11 8 March 2013 (2013-03-08) 422,000 2 928,000
12 15 March 2013 (2013-03-15) 479,000 2 877,000
13 649,000 1 823,000
Special 16 December 2013 (2013-12-16) 504,000 N/A 1 913,000
2 1 10 January 2014 (2014-01-10) 565,000 396,000 1 1,241,000
2
3 17 January 2014 (2014-01-17) 322,000 2 TBA TBA
4 24 January 2014 (2014-01-24) 449,000 1 TBA TBA
5 31 January 2014 (2014-01-31) Outside Top 10 Outside Top 10 TBA TBA
6 7 February 2014 (2014-02-07) Outside Top 10 Outside Top 10 TBA TBA
7 14 February 2014 (2014-02-14) 358,000 5 856,000
8 21 February 2014 (2014-02-21) 341,000 1 TBA TBA
9 28 February 2014 (2014-02-28) 382,000 2 TBA TBA
10 7 March 2014 (2014-03-07) 467,000 1 TBA TBA
11 14 March 2014 (2014-03-14) 361,000 1 TBA TBA
12 21 March 2014 (2014-03-21) 412,000 1 TBA TBA
13 28 March 2014 (2014-03-28) 302,000 2 TBA TBA
3 1 16 January 2015 (2015-01-16) 269,000 311,000 3 1,400,000
2
3 23 January 2015 (2015-01-23) 298,000 1 TBA TBA
4 30 January 2015 (2015-01-30) 248,000 1 TBA TBA
5 6 February 2015 (2015-02-06) 247,000 3 950,000
6 13 February 2015 (2015-02-13) 251,000 1 TBA TBA
7 20 February 2015 (2015-02-20) 255,000 2 TBA TBA
8 27 February 2015 (2015-02-27) 332,000 2 TBA TBA
9 6 March 2015 (2015-03-06) 274,000 1 TBA TBA
10 13 March 2015 (2015-03-13) 306,000 1 826,000
11 6 October 2015 (2015-10-06) 323,000 4 904,000
12 13 October 2015 (2015-10-13) 386,000 1 TBA TBA
13 20 October 2015 (2015-10-20) 355,000 2 TBA TBA
14 27 October 2015 (2015-10-27) 325,000 5 TBA TBA
15 3 November 2015 (2015-11-03) 396,000 2 755,000
16 10 November 2015 (2015-11-10) 254,000 6 TBA TBA
17 17 November 2015 (2015-11-17) 327,000 2 TBA TBA
18 24 November 2015 (2015-11-24) 360,000 1 TBA TBA
19 1 December 2015 (2015-12-01) 263,000 3 719,000
20 8 December 2015 (2015-12-08) 443,000 1 TBA TBA
4 1 29 January 2016 (2016-01-29) 370,000 290,000 1 N/A N/A
2
3 5 February 2016 (2016-02-05) 447,000 1 845,000
4 12 February 2016 (2016-02-12) 309,000 1 N/A N/A
5 19 February 2016 (2016-02-19) 237,000 7 N/A N/A
6 26 February 2016 (2016-02-26) 341,000 1 666,000
7 4 March 2016 (2016-03-04) 269,000 1 N/A N/A
8 11 March 2016 (2016-03-11) 247,000 2 N/A N/A
9 18 March 2016 (2016-03-18) 333,000 1 N/A N/A
10 25 March 2016 (2016-03-25) Outside Top 10 Outside Top 10 N/A N/A
11 30 September 2016 (2016-09-30) 285,000 2 N/A N/A
12 7 October 2016 (2016-10-07) 271,000 3 551,000
13 14 October 2016 (2016-10-14) 371,000 1 N/A N/A
14 21 October 2016 (2016-10-21) Outside Top 10 Outside Top 10 N/A N/A
15 29 October 2016 (2016-10-29) 195,000 6 N/A N/A
16 4 November 2016 (2016-11-04) 196,000 7 N/A N/A
17 11 November 2016 (2016-11-11) 207,000 10 N/A N/A
18 18 November 2016 (2016-11-18) 342,000 1 N/A N/A
19 25 November 2016 (2016-11-25) 221,000 6 N/A N/A
20 2 December 2016 (2016-12-02) N/A N/A N/A N/A
5 1 20 January 2017 (2017-01-20) 231,000 2 587,000
2
3 27 January 2017 (2017-01-27) 232,000 2 N/A N/A
4 3 February 2017 (2017-02-03) 210,000 2 619,000
5 10 February 2017 (2017-02-10) 267,000 3 N/A N/A
6 17 February 2017 (2017-02-17) 165,000 9 N/A N/A
7 24 February 2017 (2017-02-24) 182,000 8 N/A N/A
8 3 March 2017 (2017-03-03) 197,000 2 549,000
9 10 March 2017 (2017-03-10) 190,000 2 N/A N/A
10 17 March 2017 (2017-03-17) 209,000 2 N/A N/A
11 24 March 2017 (2017-03-24) 162,000 4 N/A N/A
12 31 March 2017 (2017-03-31) 147,000 2 N/A N/A
13 13 October 2017 (2017-10-13) 253,000 2 N/A N/A
14 20 October 2017 (2017-10-20) 190,000 3 N/A N/A
15 27 October 2017 (2017-10-27) 240,000 3 N/A N/A
16 3 November 2017 (2017-11-03) 230,000 1 N/A N/A
17 10 November 2017 (2017-11-10) N/A N/A N/A N/A
18 17 November 2017 (2017-11-17) 220,000 4 N/A N/A
19 24 November 2017 (2017-11-24) 183,000 6 N/A N/A
20 1 December 2017 (2017-12-01) N/A N/A N/A N/A
21 8 December 2017 (2017-12-08) 236,000 1 N/A N/A
22 15 December 2017 (2017-12-15) 251,000 2 N/A N/A
23 22 December 2017 (2017-12-22) N/A N/A N/A N/A
6 1 12 January 2018 (2018-01-12) 266,000 4 N/A N/A
2 19 January 2018 (2018-01-19) 215,000 3 N/A N/A
3 26 January 2018 (2018-01-26) N/A N/A N/A N/A
4 2 February 2018 (2018-02-02) 214,000 4 N/A N/A
5 9 February 2018 (2018-02-09) N/A N/A N/A N/A
6 16 February 2018 (2018-02-16) 223,000 2 N/A N/A
7 23 February 2018 (2018-02-23) 239,000 2 N/A N/A
8 2 March 2018 (2018-03-02) 194,000 8 N/A N/A
9 9 March 2018 (2018-03-09) 283,000 2 N/A N/A
10 16 March 2018 (2018-03-16) 153,000 10 N/A N/A
11 23 March 2018 (2018-03-23) 211,000 2 N/A N/A
12 30 March 2018 (2018-03-30) 211,000 2 N/A N/A
13 21 September 2018 (2018-09-21) 202,000 3 N/A N/A
14 28 September 2018 (2018-09-28) 201,000 2 N/A N/A
15 5 October 2018 (2018-10-05) 167,000 3 N/A N/A
16 12 October 2018 (2018-10-12) 192,000 2 N/A N/A
17 19 October 2018 (2018-10-19) 200,000 2 N/A N/A
18 26 October 2018 (2018-10-26) 253,000 1 N/A N/A
19 2 November 2018 (2018-11-02) 158,000 4 N/A N/A
20 9 November 2018 (2018-11-09) 178,000 7 N/A N/A
21 16 November 2018 (2018-11-16) 224,000 1 N/A N/A
22 23 November 2018 (2018-11-23) 201,000 7 N/A N/A
23 30 November 2018 (2018-11-30) 281,000 1 N/A N/A
24 7 December 2018 (2018-12-07) 306,000 1 N/A N/A
7 1 4 January 2019 (2019-01-04) 279,000 2 N/A N/A
2 11 January 2019 (2019-01-11) 222,000 3 N/A N/A
3 18 January 2019 (2019-01-18) 199,000 3 N/A N/A
4 25 January 2019 (2019-01-25) 212,000 1 N/A N/A
5 1 February 2019 (2019-02-01) 208,000 2 N/A N/A
6 8 February 2019 (2019-02-08) 215,000 2 N/A N/A
7 15 February 2019 (2019-02-15) 255,000 2 N/A N/A
8 22 February 2019 (2019-02-22) 183,000 5 N/A N/A
9 1 March 2019 (2019-03-01) 201,000 1 N/A N/A
10 8 March 2019 (2019-03-08) 257,000 1 N/A N/A
11 15 March 2019 (2019-03-15) 214,000 1 N/A N/A
12 22 March 2019 (2019-03-22) 217,000 1 N/A N/A
13 27 September 2019 (2019-09-27) 164,000 2 N/A N/A
14 4 October 2019 (2019-10-04) 128,000 8 N/A N/A
15 11 October 2019 (2019-10-11) 214,000 1 N/A N/A
16 18 October 2019 (2019-10-18) 142,000 6 N/A N/A
17 25 October 2019 (2019-10-25) 124,000 7 N/A N/A
18 1 November 2019 (2019-11-01) 208,000 1 N/A N/A
19 8 November 2019 (2019-11-08) N/A N/A N/A N/A
20 15 November 2019 (2019-11-15) 179,000 2 N/A N/A
21 22 November 2019 (2019-11-22) 203,000 2 N/A N/A
22 29 November 2019 (2019-11-29) 222,000 4 N/A N/A
23 6 December 2019 (2019-12-06) 194,000 4 N/A N/A
24 6 December 2019 (2019-12-06) 167,000 8 N/A N/A

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Awards and nominations

Ceremony Award Nominee Result
2013 Writers' Guild of Great Britain Awards Best Children's Television Script Elly Brewer for "What Would Gus Want?" Won
Emma Reeves for "The Truth is Out There" Nominated
2013 British Academy Children's Awards Best Drama The Dumping Ground Won
2014 British Academy Children's Awards BAFTA Kid's Vote – Television The Dumping Ground Nominated
Best Actor Kia Pegg as Jody Jackson Nominated
2015 British Academy Children's Awards Best Drama The Dumping Ground Nominated
Interactive: Adapted in 2015 The Dumping Ground: You're The Boss Won
2016 Royal Television Society North East and the Border Awards Drama in 2016 The Dumping Ground Won
2016 British Academy Children's Awards Best Drama The Dumping Ground Nominated
2018 Royal Television Society NETB Awards Best Drama (Long Form) Ian Kershaw for "Farvel" Nominated
Performance of the Year Annabelle Davis Won
Lewis G Hamilton Nominated
Rising Star Jordan Barrett, Script Editor Nominated
Rachel Smee, Make Up Trainee Nominated
Professional Excellence – Costume and Make-up Michael Birtley Won
2018 British Academy Children's Awards Performer Annabelle Davis Nominated
2019 Royal Television Society NETB Awards Best Drama (Long Form) Ian Kershaw for "Heroes" Won
2019 British Academy Children's Awards Best Drama The Dumping Ground Nominated
Performer Emily Burnett Won
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