CBBC’s The Dumping Ground, the children’s drama series inspired by, and set in, Jacqueline Wilson’s fictional children’s home, returns to the channel for an action-packed second series this January.

The Dumping Ground – the sequel to the multi-award-winning CBBC dramas The Story Of Tracy Beaker and Tracy Beaker Returns is back for 13 new 30-minute episodes plus 10 exclusive three-minute webisodes which will run parallel to the stories broadcast on the channel.

The webisodes will feature an exclusive storyline which will run online for 10 weeks, culminating in a cliff-hanger which will be resolved in the last episode of the TV broadcast as both the online and TV stories merge for the series finale.

The new series follows more of the dilemmas, dramas, friendships and challenges faced by young people in care, and stars Connor Byrne (Mike), Jessie Williams (Lily), Amy-Leigh Hickman (Carmen), Christopher John-Slater (Frank), Daniel Pearson (Rick), Joe Maw (Johnny), Mia McKenna-Bruce (Tee), Philip Graham Scott (Harry), Miles Butler-Hughton (Tyler), Kia Pegg (Jody), Leanne Dunstan (Faith), Reece Buttery (Mo), Sarah Rayson (Floss) and Richard Wisker (Liam), plus new additions to the Dumping Ground, Bailey, played by Kasey McKellar, and May-Li, played by Stacy Liu.

Lis Steele, executive producer of The Dumping Ground, says: “We’re really pleased to be able to bring the series of webisodes to viewers for the very first time and are looking forward to hearing the reaction of the audience to the additional storyline – it’s an exciting one! This series has a real mix of gripping drama alongside the more light-hearted moments that Dumping Ground fans enjoy and we’re hoping CBBC viewers enjoy it both on air and online.”

The series was filmed on location in the North East of England and will air on CBBC in the new year.