L.A. 7

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L.A. 7
L.A.7logo.jpg
L.A. 7 opening titles
Also known as S Club 7 in L.A.
Genre Family Entertainment
Starring S Club 7
Linda Blair
Opening theme "Reach"
Country of origin United Kingdom
Original language(s) English
No. of series 2 (in L.A.)
4 (in total)
No. of episodes 13
Production
Running time 25 mins (approx)
Broadcast
Original channel CBBC (on BBC One)
Original run 6 April 2000 –
6 July 2000
Chronology
Preceded by Miami 7
Followed by Hollywood 7

L.A. 7 was the second series in the BBC television series starring British pop group S Club 7. The programme was shown every week on CBBC from 6 April 2000 to 6 July 2000[1] and starred all seven members of the band as themselves. The series featured The Exorcist star Linda Blair as Joni, their landlord.

Like Miami 7, the show was renamed S Club 7 in L.A. and was shown on Fox Family in the USA between 3 June 2000 and 30 September 2000.[2] UK re-runs of the show were occasionally aired, along with Miami 7, on now defunct cable channel Play UK.

Main cast[edit]

Plot[edit]

The second series saw the group enter L.A. hoping to make it big. After leaving Howard and Marvin in Miami, the group bump into Joni (The Exorcist star Linda Blair) who offers to rent them an apartment after she accidentally runs over Bradley on her rollerblades. Once in Los Angeles, the group have to quickly deal with some of the realities of trying to seek an existence in order to become a pop band. They also start to become more Americanized. In the final episode, they decide to pack up and hit the road after their manager apparently fails to get them a record deal.

Episodes[edit]

Title Original airdate U.S. airdate S Club sing #
"Into the Unknown" 6 April 2000[1] 3 June 2000 "I'll Be There" 1
Having decided against returning to England, the group head to L.A.. On the way, Paul persuades the group to stop off at Ridgeback Woods to pay a visit to his long-lost great uncle. The band decide to head into the woods, despite being told that a group of film-makers had disappeared there previously. Then, the group run out of petrol and are forced to stop the night in the woods. This episode parodies The Blair Witch Project, where a group of film-makers become lost in the woods.
"Clever Camp" 13 April 2000[1] 10 June 2000 "Love Train" 15
The band realise that they need money and Paul convinces a professor to give them jobs at his summer camp. The camp happens to be for very intelligent kids, who believe fun involves five-hour astrophysics sessions. S Club 7 decide they need more fun and less study and so they liven up the lessons. The group end up singing around the pool, and have a food fight with the students.
"Hello Hollywood" 20 April 2000[1] 17 June 2000 "Natural" 16
After finally arriving in L.A., the gang drive around Hollywood for three hours and come to realise they are still not famous. After realising they won't be staying in a top Beverly Hills mansion, they check into a poor motel, from which they get evicted the following morning. As a last resort, the band decide to sell their beloved Chevvy to raise some money. Bradley ends up saving the day, when he gets run over by the manic roller-blading ex-hippie, Joni (played by Linda Blair), who, feeling bad about the accident, invites the band to stay in one of her apartments. The group find an agent who organises for the group to sing in the local café.
"Misguided" 27 April 2000[1] 24 June 2000 "I'll Keep Waiting" 17
Hannah lands a job as a Hollywood tour guide showing off the mansions of Beverly Hills to tourists. The fact that she doesn't know whose house is whose is soon forgotten when she catches a burglar breaking into the home of Hollywood film star Tommy DeWitt. Tommy rewards Hannah by taking her out on a date, making the other girls extremely jealous. But she soon discovers that there's no way she could ever love Tommy as much as he loves himself. Meanwhile, Paul finds himself talked into going on a date with Joni to impress her best friend, in order to repay Joni for the rent they cannot afford.
"The News" 4 May 2000[1] 1 July 2000 "Spiritual Love" 18
Paul falls in love with Linda, a bossy TV newsreader, who constantly talks as if she's reading the news. The rest of the group are not impressed with Paul's new girlfriend, especially when she tells him to leave the band, because "news-reading is the only option". Meanwhile, after Rachel organises a gig at a Surfing Party, Hannah and Tina try to impress a couple of them by pretending they are surfers themselves. Jo also has problems when she cannot get to sleep, due to Bradley keeping her awake with his sleep-dancing and sleep-hoovering!
"Prom" 11 May 2000[1] 8 July 2000 "Two in a Million" 19
The group decide that their current agent isn't much good, so Joni recommends a better one. Their potential new agent decides that Rachel has to take his geeky son, Billy, to the prom in order to secure him as their agent. However, Rachel has already organised a date with the attractive Sam. Luckily Jo, Tina and Hannah are willing to step in and take Sam as their date. But he soon realises that these three girls on one date can be a bit of a handful. Meanwhile, Jon falls in love when he spots a glimpse of a mysterious girl.
"House-Sitting" 18 May 2000[1] 15 July 2000 "Bring the House Down" 20
When Joni demands the rent for the apartment, none of the group can afford to pay it. There's nothing to do but to go find work, and so Paul, Jo, and Rachel decide to sign up with a house sitting agency. Their first task is to look after a huge, Bel-Air Mansion. The three decide to invite the others over and have a party. It all seems like a great idea until a group of bikers, invited by Tina, show up. The house ends up being trashed and the house sitting agency boss goes absolutely ballistic, just as the house's owner rolls up.
"Mr Muscle" 25 May 2000[1] 22 July 2000 "Reach" 21
Tina gets a job as an exercise instructor down at Muscle Beach, where one of her pupils, Ryan, asks her out on a date. A little later on the same beach, Jon falls out with a bodybuilder type who tries to steal Jon's sunbed when he goes to get ice cream for himself and Rachel. The bodybuilder, who turns out to be Ryan, Tina's date, challenges Jon to an arm wrestle, which Jon agrees to. Tina has to try and persuade Ryan not to arm wrestle with Jon, but Ryan doesn't want to look weak to his friends.
"Fall Out" 1 June 2000[1] 29 July 2000 "Stand by You" 22
Jon gets a job modelling for a catalogue and Rachel and Tina give him posing tips. Brad and Jo apply for the same job at Buddy's Burgers and have to dress up as a burger and a hot dog, but it all ends up in a big fight. Paul and Hannah play chess in order to find out which one of them will wash the dishes, but they also end up falling out over it. Jon's modelling job is a disaster and tempers are really frayed back at the flat, to such an extent that none of the band are talking to each other. However, when Joni returns, she shows the band Jon's advertisement for spot cream, and the gang can't do anything but make up, and laugh together.
"Game Boy" 8 June 2000[1] 5 August 2000 "Cross My Heart" 23
Bradley becomes addicted to playing video games. He refuses food, sleeping and puts off the toilet until he reaches the next level. Eventually, the rest of S Club 7 have enough and decide to track down the creator of the game, Spike Donahue, head of a multi-billion computer games empire. That way they hope they can get the cheat codes from him, so that Bradley can get to finish the game. Spike, turns out to be an obnoxious 13 year-old, who demands to kiss Hannah or else he won't give them the cheat codes. Meanwhile, Rachel, Jo and Hannah all audition for the same role of Zelda, Warrior Princess in another video game.
"Making Movies" 15 June 2000[1] 12 August 2000 "Someday, Someway"
"S Club Party"
24
S Club 7's apartment is overrun by an ant infestation and Joni threatens to throw them out on the Streets. She happens to be emotional because her boyfriend has just dumped her, and is sensitive because of it. To escape from the ants, Joni's temper and the fact that this month's rent is due, Paul suggests that they make a movie. They decide to make a police movie and Jo and Rachel act as their thieves.
"Working" 22 June 2000[1] 19 August 2000 "All in Love is Fair" 25
S Club 7 accidentally blow all the fuses in their apartment block and have to pay someone to sort it before Joni finds out about it. Luckily, an electrician called Ernie agrees to fix the problem for $200. The group decide to get jobs in order to pay for the bill. Paul gets a paper round, Hannah works as a courier, Tina teaches aerobics in an old people's home, Jon and Jo become DJs on a classical radio station, Rachel becomes a dog-walker and Bradley strips off to become a nude model!
"Goodbye, Hollywood" 6 July 2000[1] 26 August 2000 "Best Friend" 26
Joni decides to sell the apartment and so the band have to move out and move on. The group pack their bags and drive off, narrowly missing their agent who has come to tell them that he has gotten them a major record deal! After they miss him, the group drive off to wherever the road takes them.

Specials[edit]

  • "Artistic Differences" (2000)
  • "S Club 7: Christmas Special" (2000)

Video Releases[edit]

L.A. 7 PAL video cover

L.A. 7 was released on PAL video in 2000. It was released both as three individual cassettes or in a "Complete Boxset" containing all thirteen episodes. Unlike Miami 7, this series was never released in America on NTSC VHS, nor was it ever released on DVD in America or the United Kingdom.

Ratings(CBBC Channel)[edit]

Monday 4 March 2002- 80,000 (2nd most watched on CBBC that week) Friday 8 March 2002- 40,000 (6th most watched on CBBC that week) Wednesday 6 March 2002- 30,000 (10th most watched on CBBC that week) Thursday 14 March 2002- 50,000 (5th most watched on CBBC that week) [3]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n "BBC Programme Catalogue - L.A. 7". BBC. Retrieved 20 October 2007. 
  2. ^ "L.A. 7 (A Titles & Air Dates Guide)". EpGuides.com. Retrieved 20 October 2007. 
  3. ^ http://www.barb.co.uk

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