Children In Need - D For Dexter

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010120141110

Skye and her baby brother get into trouble with the neighbours.

by Amanda Whittington.

Skye is eleven years old and she lives with her brother Dexter, who's two and a half. And Spider the cat, and their Mum. But they're both usually out.

Skye looks after Dexter and plays with him. He likes it best when she plays her guitar, an electric guitar she found under a heap of clothes in her mum's bedroom. The bailiffs didn't take it even when they came back for the telly.

Skye's never had any lessons: she doesn't need them. But the new neighbours don't agree.

A heart-breakingly brave, funny and beautiful story, exploring the issue of neglect, it's one of the highlights of programming for this week's BBC Children in Need appeal.

The serial was inspired by collaboration with Home-Start UK, a national charity offering support to families struggling to cope, who receive funding for specific projects from BBC Children in Need.

Guitar...Pip Moore

Director...Mary Ward-Lowery.

010220141111

Dexter's cough is worse, and Skye can't find any clean clothes for him.

by Amanda Whittington.

Dexter's cough is worse and Skye can't find any clean clothes for him. Time to take him shopping!

A heart-breakingly brave, funny and beautiful story, one of the highlights of programming for this week's BBC Children in Need appeal.

The serial was inspired by collaboration with Home-Start UK, a national charity offering support to families struggling to cope, who receive funding for specific projects from BBC Children in Need.

010320141112

Skye has made friends with Evan from next door. But now Dexter's medicine has gone missing

by Amanda Whittington.

Skye has made friends with Evan next door, who likes Nirvana. But now Dexter's medicine has gone missing and her mum needs to get up for her interview.

A heart-breakingly brave, funny and beautiful story, one of the highlights of programming for this week's BBC Children in Need appeal.

The serial was inspired by collaboration with Home-Start UK, a national charity offering support to families struggling to cope, who receive funding for specific projects from BBC Children in Need.

Guitar...Pip Moore

Director...Mary Ward-Lowery.

010420141113

Evan teaches Skye to play a D on the guitar. But then her mum comes home drunk.

by Amanda Whittington.

Evan from next door has taught Skye to play a D on her guitar. But now he's stuck in her room late at night and her mum has come home drunk.

A heart-breakingly brave, funny and beautiful story, one of the highlights of programming for this week's BBC Children in Need appeal.

The serial was inspired by collaboration with Home-Start UK, a national charity offering support to families struggling to cope, who receive funding for specific projects from BBC Children in Need.

See Monday's episode for cast details.

0105 LAST20141114

Skye runs away after she discovers her mum has stolen Dexter's cough medicine.

by Amanda Whittington.

Skye has run away after she discovered her Mum had stolen Dexter's cough medicine. But now she's worried about her baby brother and is coming back for him.

A heart-breakingly brave, funny and beautiful story, one of the highlights of programming for this week's BBC Children in Need appeal.

The serial was inspired by collaboration with Home-Start UK, a national charity offering support to families struggling to cope, who receive funding for specific projects from BBC Children in Need.

For cast details see Monday.

020120171113

By Amanda Whittington. Skye never knows if her mum is in, out, or out of it.

Skye and Dexter are back in this award-winning serial, one of the highlights of the BBC Children in Need Appeal on Radio 4.

Jak is drinking again, so Skye has to look out for Dexter. She never knows if her mum is going to be in, out, or out of it. Last night she didn't come home at all. Doesn't bother Skye. Her mum can do what she wants: it's her life. Except it's Dexter's life too, and if social services find out how bad things are, they might come and take him away again.

Skye is fourteen and Dexter's five, and they live in Gainsborough in Lincolnshire. Dexter has just started school, so Skye has to drop him off and pick him up, because Jak can't do it. She'd never remember and if by some miracle she did, the teachers would see her and then there'd be questions. Luckily Skye's been excluded from her school, so she can keep an extra close eye on what's going on at home and make sure Dexter's where he should be.

She needs to be on her toes, because you never know who Jak might bring home next.

This year's story was developed with the help of Footsteps 2000, an organisation that supports young people who are affected by a loved one's substance misuse, and receives funding for specific projects from BBC Children in Need.

Writer...Amanda Whittington
Director...Mary Ward-Lowery

Music by Smashing Pumpkins and Beyoncé, performed by Tom Constantine.

020220171114

By Amanda Whittington. Mum's randomer friend has installed her bin bags in Skye's room.

By Amanda Whittington.

Even though she's drinking and she's mostly out of it, Jak knows that Leanne is bad news. But still, she's made Skye move in to Dexter's room and now Leanne thinks everything is hers. She won't stop talking and smoking weed.

But Skye knows something even worse. She knows what's in Leanne's bin bags.

020320171115

By Amanda Whittington. Last night Skye had a sort of sleepover. And a tattoo.

020420171116

By Amanda Whittington. Skye is in shock. But she has to pretend that everything is ok.