The Dumping Ground back for series four as CBBC unveils six commissions

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by David Prior

Newcastle-set The Dumping Ground is to return for a fourth series as part of a raft of new programmes ordered by CBBC.

Six in-house series have been announced today, with the Bafta award-winning drama's commission coming ahead of its third run in January.

It will be supported by an app, You’re The Boss, produced by Nikki Stearman.

The cast from the first series of The Dumping Ground The cast from the first series of The Dumping Ground

Also returning is 4 O’Clock Club, which is back for a fifth (13x30) series, as well as new series for Hacker Time (10x30) and Sam & Mark’s Big Friday Wind Up (10x60).

New to CBBC will be Class Dismissed, a 12x15min comedy series created by Steve Collins, Luke Beddows and Andy Potter and set in fictional school Dockbridge High.

The Dengineers (10x30) will see children partner with experts to create a dream den for a CBBC viewer. The show will be executive produced by Annette Williams, with an accompanying online site Den Hacks letting users swap tips and ideas.

CBBC controller Cheryl Taylor said: “I’m delighted we’re bringing more comedy to CBBC in Class Dismissed. Comedy is a hard genre to crack but I think this new series will make viewers laugh out loud.

“The Dengineers is a dynamic and hugely engaging idea which combines creativity, inspiration and the great outdoors all in one uniquely entertaining package.”

Head of CBBC in-house production Helen Bullough added: “The titles highlight the diverse range of high quality content created by the in-house production team across all platforms. This creative bunch thrives on bringing kids the best stories, funniest moments and loads of opportunities to join in and share in the fun.”

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