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About The Dumping Ground
The Dumping Ground is a BAFTA-winning British children's comedy-drama, which focuses on the lives and experiences of young people and their care workers in care. Filmed around Jesmond, the setting for the first series was 'Elm Tree House', which was replaced with 'Ashdene Ridge' from the second series onwards. A spin-off series to Tracy Beaker Returns, the series was commissioned in early 2012 and first broadcast on CBBC and the now-defunct BBC HD on 4 January 2013.
The first series aired from 4 January until 15 March 2013, followed by a Christmas special in December 2013. The second series aired from 10 January 2014 until 28 March 2014. A third series of 20 episodes has been confirmed and the first ten will be broadcast in January 2015. It was announced at the screening of the first episode that the second half will air in September 2015.
A fourth series of twenty half-hour episodes was confirmed by broadcaster CBBC in mid-December 2014. These episodes will air in 2016.
The premise of the series revolves around life of children in a care home. The first series of the The Dumping Ground was made public on 23 March 2012, when Amy-Leigh Hickman (Carmen Howle) announced it live in the CBBC office. The first series was filmed for 13 weeks at the recently closed La Sagesse School in Jesmond, Newcastle upon Tyne, the same setting used for Tracy Beaker Returns. This series was the last to feature the school as the general setting in the Tracy Beaker franchise. The second series featured a new home called 'Ashdene Ridge', due to the fact that La Sagesse School and its surrounding land was to be demolished and converted in to a Luxury Housing Estate.