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Dani Harmer Says Tracy Beaker Is A 'Great Mum' As She Teases New Series

Joanna Freedman


Dani Harmer Says Tracy Beaker Is A 'Great Mum' As She Teases New Series

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Guess what? Tracy Beaker is officially back - and we've got juicy details about her new show.

The original CBBC Jacqueline Wilson series was a hit with millennial kids and tweens, and made central cast member Dani Harmer famous.

And now Dani is back alongside a string of OG cast members, and some new additions, too, for a new series based on Wilson's book of the same name.

The series - which has already started filming - will focus on Tracy (Dani Harmer) and her daughter Jess (Emma Maggie Davies), as they try to navigate life as a power duo - maintaining the perfect mother-daughter bond that Tracy never had.

But it's not all easy, the pair are hard up on money. That is, until Tracy's rich former pal, 'Football' - real name Sean Godfrey (Jordan Duvigneau) - comes along and sweeps her off her feet.

My Mum Tracy Beaker is hitting screens soon (Credit: BBC)
My Mum Tracy Beaker is hitting screens soon (Credit: BBC)

Now, recently retired and a successful football star IRL, Sean is ready to offer up huge mansions and fancy cars to the duo. But when everything starts to go "classically Tracy Beaker pear-shaped", can Tracy's daughter save the day?

Speaking ahead of the release of the new series - named My Mum Tracy Beaker - returning protagonist Dani Harmer teased: "So Tracy now is a mum! Which is amazing, I think the last time we saw her she was working as a care worker in her 20s.

"Now she's in her 30s and she's a mum, so it's been really cool for me because like everyone else, I really wanted to know what happened next and where Tracy's journey is going to take her."

She added: "I think everyone is going to be really pleased seeing how Tracy's progressed and what a great mum she is."

Dani went on to explain that the arrival of Sean adds a bit of excitement back into Tracy's life, and brings out her character's "wild" side again.

The original CBBC series made a star of Dani (Credit: BBC)
The original CBBC series made a star of Dani (Credit: BBC)

"Sean turning up out of the blue is a bit of a shock for Tracy. She doesn't recognise him at first, but actually they knew each other when they were younger.

"I think when Tracy first sees him, it's not an instant attraction,it's almost a bit like nostalgia,when you see someone from your childhood and you immediately go back to being that age again. When you're a mum, you kind of lose who you used to be a bit, and with Sean coming back into the picture, Tracy is reminded of what she used to be like when she was younger.

"A bit crazy, free and more wild...I think she did miss that side of herself, so with Sean showing up it brings it back again".

Meanwhile, her on-screen daughter Emma Maggie Davies, who plays little Jess, said her character wasn't as happy with Sean's return as her mum.

"Jess worries that Sean might take her mum away and take her place, that it might affect their bond together, that it might not be as strong...," she explained.

She went on to gush that she thinks fans of the show will enjoy "seeing Tracy as a mum" as the show depicts a new stage of her life.


"Tracy is a very feisty character and she's still as feisty as ever," Emma jokes. "I think they'll love the girl power [the series] as well.

"It's so warming in the scenes when it's just Tracy and Jess, because they've such a strong bond".

Also appearing in the new series is Tracy's adopted mum Cam (Lisa Coleman), her enemy Justine Littlewood (Montanna Thompson) and her birth mum Carly (Ruth Gemmell) - most recently recognisable for starring in Netflix hit Bridgerton.

In case you need a reminder, The Story of Tracy Beaker first aired in 2002. The series followed a ten-year-old girl living in a children's residential care home nicknamed the "Dumping Ground".

The show later made a comeback for Tracy Beaker Returns, which aired between 2010 and 2012, and showed Tracy as a care worker.

We can't wait to see this back on our screens!

Joanna Freedman
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