“I dare you to EAT a worm.”
It was recently announced that ’00s hero and all-round shout-ey queen, Tracy Beaker, would be returning to her rightful home on CBBC in a brand new TV show called My Mum Tracy Beaker, which airs tonight!
In honour of this hallowed moment, I thought it was about time we looked back at the original show, The Story of Tracy Beaker, which was a HUGE part of many a British ’00s kid’s childhood.
Here are 18 truly iconic Tracy Beaker moments that any Brit growing up in the ’00s will remember:
Starting with, of course, the time that Rio lost his most prized possession.
And who could forget when Tracy “borrowed” Adele’s makeup to give herself this flawless makeover?
That time Maxy locked Jenny out of The Dumping Ground’s van because he didn’t like the shoes she’d bought him, and refused to open it until she bought him the ones he liked.
The ENTIRE musical episode, but specifically, this bizarre Cabaret-esque ditty from Elaine-the-pain.
When Tracy dyed her hair blonde and it went a sort of forest green colour.
Peter’s birthday disco in general, but specifically Tracy’s friend from outside The Dumping Ground, Ben Batambuze, tearing up the decks.
When Tracy’s arch nemesis Justine Littlewood got given a tiny TV by her dad and made people pay to watch it in her room.
When Tracy had her first kiss with Wilson, a boy who was staying temporarily at The Dumping Ground while his mum was ill.
The time that Tracy, Justine, Adele, Lol, Bouncer, and Louise formed a girl band and sang a song called the “Dumping Ground Blues”.
When Elaine tried to break into Tracy’s school to make her parents evening appointment.
When everyone dressed like Amber, the resident Joan Jett of The Dumping Ground, for a day and then she got really mad.
When Tracy offered Jenny her most sincere apologies from atop her car using a megaphone.
When Duke and Elaine chased Justine and Tracy around a public park on a tandem bike.
Any time Tracy cried and blamed it on her hay fever.
Just Nathan’s incredibly ’00s hair.
When Jackie refused to accept her grandpa was ill with Alzheimer’s and broke him out of his nursing home.
When Lol and Bouncer hacked into The Dumping Ground’s shopping order, added a ton of chocolate and sweets, and then set up a tuck shop in the garden’s wendy house.
When Justine dared Tracy to eat and a worm and she DID IT!
And finally, THE THEME TUNE… “I can make my world come trueeee.”
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