Filming has been underway since July on CBBC's follow-up to Tracy Beaker, The Dumping Ground. Alongside the existing cast who are returning, three brand new characters Faith, Mo and Floss also join The Dumping Ground.
Leanne Dunstan plays teenager Faith. Leanne (represented by Identity Agency Group) played Rochelle in CBBC's Postcode, and is currently studying for a BA in Dance Performance at Middlesex University.
Faith is bright, optimistic and independent. Always looking forward, she is sporty, energetic and a positive role model, but also a complete mystery at The Dumping Ground; no-one knows who she is, where she’s from or anything about her background, and she isn’t planning to share that in a hurry!
Reece Buttery (represented by A&J Management) plays young tearaway Mo, who comes to The Dumping Ground on a short-term emergency placement when his parents have trouble coping. Mo lives for the moment and while he misses his loving mum and dad, he’s having a great time at The Dumping Ground. Due to his background, Mo struggles with some life skills, but he wears his heart on his sleeve, has a sunny nature and loves collecting treasure.
Newcomer Sarah Rayson plays Floss who is incredibly cute but with a spiteful streak, and not averse to pinching Mo when he won’t give up a toy - then smiling sweetly and denying it when he gets upset.
Now Tracy Beaker has left, the young residents of The Dumping Ground, who have been by her side over the past three years, take centre stage, and the 13 x 30 minute series follows their dilemmas, dramas and friendships, along with the challenges faced by young people in care.
We learn more about the familiar characters of Lily (Jessie Williams), Carmen (Amy-Leigh Hickman), Frank (Chris Slater), Gus (Noah Marullo), Rick (Daniel Pearson), Johnny (Joe Maw), Tee (Mia McKenna-Bruce), Harry (Philip Graham Scott), Elektra (Jessica Revell), Tyler (Miles Butler-Hughton) and Jodie (Kia Pegg), whose back-stories and relationships now come to the fore, as well as the three brand new characters.
The sets, theme music and titles have all been refreshed for the new series, which is shot in various locations across the North East, including Jesmond in Newcastle, plus Meldon Park and Wallington Hall in Northumberland.
The series launches on CBBC in the new year.