Monday, November 18, 2013

The Dumping Ground returns for second series

Two new faces join CBBC's The Dumping Ground, the sequel to the multi-award-winning CBBC dramas The Story Of Tracy Beaker and Tracy Beaker Returns, as it returns for a second series this January.

16 year old Kasey McKellar (represented by D&B Management) plays newcomer Bailey. Kasey recently appeared in Top Boy 2 playing R'Marni. And Stacy Liu joins the cast as new carer May Li.

The new series will consist of 13 new 30-minute episodes plus 10 exclusive three-minute webisodes which will run parallel to the stories broadcast on the channel.

The webisodes will feature an exclusive storyline which will run online for 10 weeks, culminating in a cliff-hanger which will be resolved in the last episode of the TV broadcast as both the online and TV stories merge for the series finale.

The new series follows more of the dilemmas, dramas, friendships and challenges faced by young people in care, and stars Connor Byrne (Mike), Jessie Williams (Lily), Amy-Leigh Hickman (Carmen), Christopher John-Slater (Frank), Daniel Pearson (Rick), Joe Maw (Johnny), Mia McKenna-Bruce (Tee), Philip Graham Scott (Harry), Miles Butler-Hughton (Tyler), Kia Pegg (Jody), Leanne Dunstan (Faith), Reece Buttery (Mo), Sarah Rayson (Floss) and Richard Wisker (Liam)

Lis Steele, executive producer of The Dumping Ground, says: “We’re really pleased to be able to bring the series of webisodes to viewers for the very first time and are looking forward to hearing the reaction of the audience to the additional storyline – it’s an exciting one! This series has a real mix of gripping drama alongside the more light-hearted moments that Dumping Ground fans enjoy and we’re hoping CBBC viewers enjoy it both on air and online.”

The series was filmed on location in the North East of England and will air on CBBC in the new year, date to be confirmed.

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