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Old 08-01-2013, 16:13
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Why is it showing as airing 21 Jan?
Perhaps they are airing something else that Friday.
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Old 08-01-2013, 16:14
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Perhaps they are airing something else that Friday.
I'll be glad if they show it on the 21st though. xx
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Old 08-01-2013, 16:15
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I'll be glad if they show it on the 21st though. xx
Because you watch Pointless/The Chase on Friday?
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Old 08-01-2013, 16:17
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Because you watch Pointless/The Chase on Friday?
Nah. I never watch pointless but I'm not really crazy about The Chase...

It's because on Fridays I finish college at 4:30pm and it takes me one hour and 30 minutes to travel back home... So arrive at home around 6pm on Fridays.

If it was on a monday, I could catch it.

Oh and I prefer to watch episodes when they first air.
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Old 08-01-2013, 16:20
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I wonder why they are doing it though. Maybe an extra episode as I think they'll be missing one in March if they are going to broadcast 'Comic Relief does Glee Club'
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Old 08-01-2013, 16:55
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About any homosexuality within the character, I think it's most likely because in one episode, Dede mentioned "every boy in our year likes her" owtte... and Kit replied "I don't" to which Dede replied "You're not ever boy..." could be a homosexual connotation.

And why wouldn't CBBC be intended for primary school children? For the whole of primary school, and even before, I've been watching it. When I was in secondary school from year 7 to year 10, I didn't even watch CBBC that much because they pulled out the best shows... Also, I stopped watching The Story of Tracy Beaker because they repeated it so many times...

I think it's wrong for you to say that shows like Sarah Jane or The Dumping Ground would have darker tones, this is correct but why would that be a reason for primary kids not to watch it? Jeopardy was kinda dark, it had kidnappings aliens etc. The Demon Headmaster had hypnotism, The Ghost Hunter had... well ghosts, kidnappings, tied up characters,,,

And those shows came out when I was a kid and I also watched them in Primary School (and The Demon Headmaster was about the time I was born).

Someone told me that CBBC used to be for a 5-14 year olds audience, but now that's gone down to 1-2 year olds. And he's right.

So I don't bother watching new shows unless it's presented really well (like Wolfblood).

By the way, I just wanted to say that I've never seen any mention of suicide in CBBC lately. That's what teens are going through, or even depression.

I've only seen a suicide attempt one on Grange Hill, when a young boy was going to drown in the school swimming pool after constant bullying. If they did something like this in current shows, I think young kids could be aware of circumstances like that.
I completely agree with you. As I said, the whole CBBC brand is insulting and patronising to a lot of young viewers, as they seem to think to keep viewers' attention they need to be cheesy, gimmicky and stupid. Some of the programmes they show are really fantastic, but that's to do with the independent writers and producers of the programmes, and not CBBC itself. I would like CBBC to have a big shake-up really. There is a new director-general at the BBC, maybe he'll make a difference to it.
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Old 08-01-2013, 17:02
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I completely agree with you. As I said, the whole CBBC brand is insulting and patronising to a lot of young viewers, as they seem to think to keep viewers' attention they need to be cheesy, gimmicky and stupid. Some of the programmes they show are really fantastic, but that's to do with the independent writers and producers of the programmes, and not CBBC itself. I would like CBBC to have a big shake-up really. There is a new director-general at the BBC, maybe he'll make a difference to it.
As it's a kids show, they need to keep programming fun but appealing to a wide range of viewers as CBBC have some fantastic programmes which aren't given credit for. These are:

- TDG
- TBR
- SJA
- Wizards vs Aliens
- Wolfblood
- Horrible Histories.

They need to introduce more comedies.
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Old 08-01-2013, 17:04
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Just did The Dumping Ground quiz.
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Old 08-01-2013, 17:04
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As it's a kids show, they need to keep programming fun but appealing to a wide range of viewers as CBBC have some fantastic programmes which aren't given credit for. These are:

- TDG
- TBR
- SJA
- Wizards vs Aliens
- Wolfblood
- Horrible Histories.

They need to introduce more comedies.
But the comedies that they put on are so rubbish.

Take Sorry, I've got no head, Hounded, Hotel Trubble (actually I think that's good)
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Old 08-01-2013, 17:18
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But the comedies that they put on are so rubbish.

Take Sorry, I've got no head, Hounded, Hotel Trubble (actually I think that's good)
Chucklevision?

Seriously, they need to bring that back. But this is a thread for TDG, we can discuss all this here: http://forums.digitalspy.co.uk/showt...highlight=cbbc

Shame it's not most popular on iPlayer anymore but it's still among the most popular.
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Old 08-01-2013, 17:21
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Chucklevision?

Seriously, they need to bring that back. But this is a thread for TDG, we can discuss all this here: http://forums.digitalspy.co.uk/showt...highlight=cbbc
Chucklevision's great. I like the episode with Debra Stephenson.

And OK about that other thread.
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Old 08-01-2013, 18:01
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As it's a kids show, they need to keep programming fun but appealing to a wide range of viewers as CBBC have some fantastic programmes which aren't given credit for. These are:

- TDG
- TBR
- SJA
- Wizards vs Aliens
- Wolfblood
- Horrible Histories.

They need to introduce more comedies.
Connor Scarlett is in Wizards vs Aliens, isn't he? I think he is a very good actor, he used to play Alex in The Cut on BBC Switch - another programme which was severely underrated.
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Old 08-01-2013, 19:09
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Why is it showing as airing 21 Jan?
Not sure. Maybe they got the date wrong?
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Old 09-01-2013, 17:37
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It's still there on iPlayer, not in the top 5 though. It'll be interesting to see if TDG can get even higher ratings than TBR.
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Old 09-01-2013, 18:55
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I thought it was really refrshing without Tracy, obviously it would be nice to see her again (and Sapphire as well).

I think the guy who plays Gus is a very talented actor. I know he's grown up a bit but his problems seem a lot more severe this series too.
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Old 09-01-2013, 19:31
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Is Frank Matthews in the dumping ground.
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Old 09-01-2013, 19:38
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Is Frank Matthews in the dumping ground.
Yes, he's still there. Still scamming too.
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Old 09-01-2013, 19:47
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Finally caught the first episode, loved it!

Developing a slightly alarming obsession for one particular character, the actor of whom is 6 years younger than me, oops. Rick is just amazing though, far too cool.

I think it needs some Tracy though...I'm an old hag who remembers the original Tracy Beaker show, so a dumping ground without her is pretty trippy! :|
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Old 09-01-2013, 20:57
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Finally caught the first episode, loved it!

Developing a slightly alarming obsession for one particular character, the actor of whom is 6 years younger than me, oops. Rick is just amazing though, far too cool.

I think it needs some Tracy though...I'm an old hag who remembers the original Tracy Beaker show, so a dumping ground without her is pretty trippy! :|
Meh, well Rick is about nearly a year younger than me.

The characters I obsess over are Tee (about 2 years younger) Gus (about 4 years younger) and Jody (5 years younger), I think it's because younger ones are more fantastic at it.

I'm not too crazy about the older ones, except for Frank and Elektra.
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Old 10-01-2013, 00:28
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I thought it was really refrshing without Tracy, obviously it would be nice to see her again (and Sapphire as well).

I think the guy who plays Gus is a very talented actor. I know he's grown up a bit but his problems seem a lot more severe this series too.
I agree. I think Noah does a great job playing Gus. Unfortunately, we won't be seeing Tracy or Sapphire.

Yes, he's still there. Still scamming too.
He doesn't really do much of it anymore, not since Liam left.


Finally caught the first episode, loved it!

Developing a slightly alarming obsession for one particular character, the actor of whom is 6 years younger than me, oops. Rick is just amazing though, far too cool.

I think it needs some Tracy though...I'm an old hag who remembers the original Tracy Beaker show, so a dumping ground without her is pretty trippy! :|
What did you think of series 4 and 5 of The Story Of Tracy Beaker? Just asking because Tracy was absent in many episodes. She hardly appeared in series 5 even though Tracy returned to Elm Tree in episode 4 (Probably because Dani had exams at the time).
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Old 10-01-2013, 01:17
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anyone else not liking the new little girl.......
what day is it normally on?
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Old 10-01-2013, 14:51
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anyone else not liking the new little girl.......
what day is it normally on?
Which new little girl?

And it is usually on Fridays at 5pm.
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Old 10-01-2013, 15:14
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anyone else not liking the new little girl.......
what day is it normally on?
New little girl? Are you talking about Jody? She appeared in episode 11 of Tracy Beaker Returns in series 3.
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Old 10-01-2013, 16:48
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If anyone's interested or local the BBC Newcastle studio tours which have just gone on release include a tour of the Beaker sets at Newcastle.

(This doesn't include the Dumping Ground itself - which is the former La Sagesse School)
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Old 10-01-2013, 17:05
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What did you think of series 4 and 5 of The Story Of Tracy Beaker? Just asking because Tracy was absent in many episodes. She hardly appeared in series 5 even though Tracy returned to Elm Tree in episode 4 (Probably because Dani had exams at the time).
While I felt it was a bit odd that Tracy wasn't in episodes while she still lived at the DG, I thought it was great that it was focussing on other characters - mainly Crash, Jackie and Roxy. When they cancelled it, I was disappointed because I'd grown attached to the other characters and I thought it could easily carry on without Tracy. Well, better late than never I suppose, even though it's a different group of characters now - albeit probably with more potential than the old ones.

I think The Dumping Ground has the potential to go on and on. The Story of Tracy Beaker and Tracy Beaker Returns were great, but because they had a central character in the form of Tracy, it was never a possibility that it would run for as long as something like Byker Grove or Grange Hill. The Dumping Ground doesn't have that problem, characters can come and go whenever; so long as it gets good viewing figures (which it should by rights), I don't see why it can't become a huge hit for CBBC.
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