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Sunderland Tracy Beaker fans get tour of TV show set

Jack Barrow (left) and Michael Adams outside Elm Tree House on the La Sagesse site, which was the setting for Tracy Beaker Returns television series.

Jack Barrow (left) and Michael Adams outside Elm Tree House on the La Sagesse site, which was the setting for Tracy Beaker Returns television series.

TWO Tracy Beaker fans were given a behind-the-scenes tour of the former Newcastle school where the hit children’s television show was filmed.

Michael Adams, 14, and Jack Barrow, 13, were allowed onto the La Sagesse site in Jesmond, which is to become a luxury homes development.

Jack, of Grangetown, Sunderland, said: “It’s been really good to look around. It’s completely different to what I expected. I love the programme, especially as it was filmed here in Newcastle.”

The boys, who run a Tracy Beaker fansite on Facebook, wrote to housebuilder David Wilson Homes and asked if they

could have a last look around before demolition work started.

Dawn Tindle, Marketing Manager at David Wilson North East, said: “Although there was very little left of the film sets, the boys knew

exactly what had been filmed where. Their knowledge of the programme is amazing.”

The school has stood empty since it closed in 2008 but the following

year it was turned into the set for a series of Tracy Beaker Returns,

the popular BBC TV show about life in a children’s home based on the

best-selling novels by Jacqueline Wilson.

The company is to build 48 luxury homes at La Sagesse. Some of the

school buildings will be retained in the £20m development.

 

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