Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Old School Is Location for New CBBC Show; Gothic Mansion Remains Backdrop for Sequel Series of Popular Tracy Beaker Returns with New Cast Members

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Old School Is Location for New CBBC Show; Gothic Mansion Remains Backdrop for Sequel Series of Popular Tracy Beaker Returns with New Cast Members

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A FORMER Tyneside school has become the backdrop of spin-off children's TV show.

The old La Sagesse school in Jesmond, Newcastle, made its name on the small screen as the home of CBBC's Tracy Beaker Returns in 2009.

Now, after four years as the setting for the popular programme, the Gothic mansion was flooded with cast and crew once again despite main character Tracy moving on.

Still based in the same fictional children's home famed in Jacqueline Wilson's books, The Dumping Ground plays host to the new sequel series which will air under the same name.

Alan Fairholm, line producer who previously worked on Tracy Beaker Returns during its four-year stint at La Sagesse, says it's been a challenge for everyone involved in the production to live up to the award-winning standards set by its predecessor.

He said: "It's the evolution of the Tracy Beaker Returns series, Tracy has left and it's very much centred around the lives of the children.

"All the kids and cast get on really well and there's quite a mix of local talent involved. But it's like one big family after 13 weeks of filming and that's one of the strengths of the team."

Director Louise Sutton, who only joined the team for this new series, added: "There's always an element of fear when you take something new on, but everything was there; the characters, the cast, the crew. It was brilliant before and there's no reason why it can't be this time. …

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