Children In Need - D For Dexter

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0120151109

Skye hates to leave baby brother Dexter, but come Thursday, they will all be back together

Skye hates to leave her baby brother Dexter with the foster-whatevers, but she knows that come Thursday, they'll all be back together.

With Mum.

And if that visit goes well, maybe they can both stay for more than a night.

Skye and Dexter return in this heart-breaking, heart-warming story by Amanda Whittington, in one of the highlights of this year's BBC Children in Need Appeal on Radio 4.

Skye is twelve, Dexter is three. They live in Gainsborough, Lincolnshire, but they were taken away from their Mum last year after things got bad.

There's nothing Skye wants more than to have the family back together. Her Mum has stopped drinking and Skye has had supervised visits. Now she's here for the whole of half-term and Dexter is coming too for the first time. Not the last time.

Skye and Dexter's story was developed with the help of Hull Children's University and Voice of Young People in Care, both organisations that receive funding for specific projects from BBC Children in Need.

Writer...Amanda Whittington

Director...Mary Ward-Lowery.

0120151109

Skye hates to leave her baby brother Dexter with the foster-whatevers, but she knows that come Thursday, they'll all be back together.

With Mum.

And if that visit goes well, maybe they can both stay for more than a night.

Skye and Dexter return in this heart-breaking, heart-warming story by Amanda Whittington, in one of the highlights of this year's BBC Children in Need Appeal on Radio 4.

Skye is twelve, Dexter is three. They live in Gainsborough, Lincolnshire, but they were taken away from their Mum last year after things got bad.

There's nothing Skye wants more than to have the family back together. Her Mum has stopped drinking and Skye has had supervised visits. Now she's here for the whole of half-term and Dexter is coming too for the first time. Not the last time.

Skye and Dexter's story was developed with the help of Hull Children's University and Voice of Young People in Care, both organisations that receive funding for specific projects from BBC Children in Need.

Writer...Amanda Whittington

Director...Mary Ward-Lowery.

Skye hates to leave baby brother Dexter, but come Thursday, they will all be back together

0120161114

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

Skye knows Dexter needs a proper breakfast, but there's no milk and Mum hasn't got a pound. So it's cornflakes with water, again. Or toast. With no spread.

Skye is thirteen, and she's growing up. Dexter's four. They live in Gainsborough in Lincolnshire. They've been back with Mum, Jak, for a while now, because she doesn't drink any more, except loads of coffee and coke. Jak doesn't cook either, and she's never hungry. The only thing Skye misses about school is the free dinners, but she doesn't go very often because she likes to keep an eye on Dexter. Sometimes she thinks about the time they were in foster care. The foster carers were really annoying but they were always cooking. And Dexter was always eating.

Then Jak announces she's having a night out. She's going to the Psychic Supper at the Centre. Skye doesn't care what the spirits will say but she'd like to know what's for supper.

This year's story was developed with the help of Can Cook, an organisation that receives funding for specific projects from BBC Children in Need.

Writer...Amanda Whittington

Music by Black Sabbath, performed by...Tom Constantine

Director...Mary Ward-Lowery.

By Amanda Whittington. Skye needs a pound to buy milk for Dexter's breakfast.

0220151110

At home, Skye finds food and a new family member. Why would she not be ok with that?

by Amanda Whittington. Skye's home with her Mum for a week on a contact visit, and if everything goes well, Dexter will come on Thursday. Things are different now: there's furniture, food, and a new family member.

Why wouldn't she be ok with that?

Director...Mary Ward-Lowery.

0220151110

by Amanda Whittington. Skye's home with her Mum for a week on a contact visit, and if everything goes well, Dexter will come on Thursday. Things are different now: there's furniture, food, and a new family member.

Why wouldn't she be ok with that?

Director...Mary Ward-Lowery.

At home, Skye finds food and a new family member. Why would she not be ok with that?

0220161115

By Amanda Whittington.

Something bad happened to Jak at the Psychic Supper last night, but she won't say what. Skye wishes she could give Dexter mashed banana and porridge for breakfast like he had at the foster-whatevers, but there's only cornflakes and still no milk.

Maybe you can eat cornflakes like crisps?

Director...Mary Ward-Lowery.

By Amanda Whittington. Skye is worried about Jak, and there is still no milk for Dex.

0320151111

Skye is in the bath with the door locked, so Dean cannot come in.

by Amanda Whittington.

Skye's in the bath. There's hot water these days, and a plug.

Her mum can't understand why she's locked the bathroom door, but Skye doesn't want her newly- discovered Uncle Dean to come barging in.

Director...Mary Ward-Lowery.

0320151111

Skye is in the bath with the door locked, so Dean cannot come in.

by Amanda Whittington.

Skye's in the bath. There's hot water these days, and a plug.

Her mum can't understand why she's locked the bathroom door, but Skye doesn't want her newly- discovered Uncle Dean to come barging in.

Director...Mary Ward-Lowery.

0320161116

By Amanda Whittington. Dean is back, with his dog Riley. And there's still no breakfast.

By Amanda Whittington.

Dean is back, snaking his way around Jak. This time he's brought a dog with him, a staffie called Riley. But Skye prefers horses and she can't stop thinking about Boy and his makeshift stable up on the rec.

And there's still nothing for Dexter's breakfast.

Director...Mary Ward-Lowery.

0420151112

Dexter is coming for the night, for a contact visit, and Skye cannot wait.

by Amanda Whittington. Dexter is coming for the night, for a contact visit, and Skye can't wait. Mum's even told Uncle Dean to stay away. Things are looking up.

Director...Mary Ward-Lowery.

0420151112

Dexter is coming for the night, for a contact visit, and Skye cannot wait.

by Amanda Whittington. Dexter is coming for the night, for a contact visit, and Skye can't wait. Mum's even told Uncle Dean to stay away. Things are looking up.

Director...Mary Ward-Lowery.

0420161117

By Amanda Whittington. Dexter spilled the beans and now Skye is in trouble at home.

By Amanda Whittington.

Dexter spilled the beans about the horses, so Skye's in big trouble and Dean is laying down the law. And they've banned her from seeing Boy.

Director...Mary Ward-Lowery.

0420161117

By Amanda Whittington.

Dexter spilled the beans about the horses, so Skye's in big trouble and Dean is laying down the law. And they've banned her from seeing Boy.

Director...Mary Ward-Lowery.

By Amanda Whittington. Dexter spilled the beans and now Skye is in trouble at home.

0520151113

It is the early hours of Friday. Dexter could sleep through a riot. In fact, he just has.

by Amanda Whittington.

It's the early hours of Friday morning. Dexter could sleep through a riot. In fact, he just has.

But Skye isn't going down to see her Mum, not this time.

Director...Mary Ward-Lowery.

0520151113

It is the early hours of Friday. Dexter could sleep through a riot. In fact, he just has.

by Amanda Whittington.

It's the early hours of Friday morning. Dexter could sleep through a riot. In fact, he just has.

But Skye isn't going down to see her Mum, not this time.

Director...Mary Ward-Lowery.

0520161118

Skye tells Dexter they are safe, even though they can hear strange noises. But are they?

By Amanda Whittington.

Skye tells Dexter they're safe, even though it's dark and they can hear strange noises. But she's not sure if she believes it.

Director...Mary Ward-Lowery.

0520161118

Skye tells Dexter they are safe, even though they can hear strange noises. But are they?

By Amanda Whittington.

Skye tells Dexter they're safe, even though it's dark and they can hear strange noises. But she's not sure if she believes it.

Director...Mary Ward-Lowery.