4 O'Clock Club

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4 O'Clock Club
4 O'Clock Club titlecard.png
Genre Children's drama
Musical comedy
Family sitcom
Created by Paul Rose
Doc Brown
Starring see Cast section
Country of origin United Kingdom
No. of series 5 (1 upcoming)
No. of episodes 52 (13 to be aired) (List of episodes)
Executive producer(s) Connal Orton
Running time 27-28 minutes
Original channel CBBC
Original release 13 January 2012 (2012-01-13) – present

4 O'Clock Club is a BAFTA-nominated British children's television series, which premiered on 13 January 2012[1] on CBBC and BBC HD. A second series began airing on 4 January 2013 and the third series premiered on 20 December 2013, with a fourth having been confirmed.[2] Series 4 began airing on 28 January 2015. A fifth series has been commissioned and started filming in June 2015 and ended 13 August 2015. The fifth series is to be aired on 13 January 2016. [3]


ScreenTerrier held auditions for the 4 O'Clock Club in March 2011 and the show was publicly announced the next month.[4] The first episode aired in January 2012, with the series wrapping up in March of that same year.

It was announced in December 2013 that the third series episodes would premiere on iPlayer seven days before broadcast on television. Victoria Jaye, head of TV content for BBC iPlayer, said: "We're incredibly excited that 4 O'Clock Club will be the first children's series to premiere on BBC iPlayer. As an established comedy drama in the CBBC schedule, the iPlayer premiere will give fans the chance to enjoy their favourite programme whenever and wherever they want to." "Over the last year, we've seen a 63 percent growth in consumption of children's content on iPlayer, which demonstrates iPlayer's important role as a complementary discovery platform for our broadcast programmes." Cheryl Taylor, Controller of CBBC, said: "CBBC is the most watched children's channel in the UK for its respective target audience and we're proud to continue to deliver high-quality programmes in a way that suits our audience." "Viewers are in for a treat with the best series yet of award-winning 4 O'Clock Club as we welcome Josh and friends back for more melodious mischief."[5]


The first series centres on Josh Carter (Khalil Madovi), a pupil at Elmsbury High, and his older brother Nathan (Doc Brown), who works as a teacher there. Josh is portrayed as a laid-back teenage schoolboy trying to maintain his cool reputation, while also being rebellious and trying to cause trouble in order to achieve his goals and humiliate or outsmart Nathan. Nathan, former Elmsbury High student and famous rapper, soon learns that only he will able to stop Josh from his schemes.

In the second series, Nathan leaves Elmsbury and new music teacher Dexter Harris (Jason Callender) joins the school. Dexter becomes Josh and his mother's new lodger, taking Josh's room as a result. As such, Josh antagonizes Dexter through much of the series, until he finally accepts his presence and labels him as an "honorary Carter brother". The series also featured Crispin Bell (Simon Lowe) as the new headmaster, who replaces Byron, and proved to be far stricter than Byron. Mr Thorne was a brutal enemy of Josh and Dexter for the remainder of the series.

The third series featured Nathan's proposal and marriage to Melanie Poppy (Laura Aikman), who both departed the series, and Josh is forced to share his room with his annoying younger cousin, Nero (Akai Osei). When the school burns down due to an issue with candles, Elmsbury is merged with another school, Fowlmere, renaming the school Elmsmere as of the fourth episode of the third series. After the series, Nero and his gang, Isaac (who was still a pupil), Ash, Mr Nunn and Mr Harris all starred in Mr Bell's own Elmsmere documentary show, known as 4 O'Clock Files.

The fourth series features Nero, now in the main role, and his crew have replaced Josh and the Elmsbury gang (Ryan and Molly not included), who have all temporarily departed the series (except Issac, who becomes Elmsmere's caretaker) and Dexter is trying to make it as an accomplished teacher, but is given the new job of taking care of Nero's shenanigans, which indirectly resembles Josh and Nathan's relationship in the first series. The series also introduced a new main character, rebellious and cynical tomboy Clem Burton (Jade Alleyne), who joins Nero's crew as well as mysterious spray paintings of Andress appear around Elmsmere, called 'The Phantom Sprayer', however it was later revealed that it was Mr. Bell who was the criminal. This series also features mini cameos from Josh's gang as shown in the series premiere and series finale. Nathan also makes his comeback in two episodes.

The fifth series is not yet known but it is possible it'll still feature on Nero in the main role.


Current cast[edit]

Character Actor Role Duration Year
Liz Carter Dystin Johnson Parent
1x01− 2012−
Anita Andress Liz Hume-Dawson Deputy Headteacher, Elmsbury High (s.1)
Deputy Headteacher, Elmsbury Academy (s.2−3)
Headteacher, Winetts Prestige (s.3)
Headteacher, Elmsmere Manor (s.4−)
1x01−3x03, 3x13− 2012−
Crispin Bell Simon Lowe Headteacher, Elmsbury Academy (s.2−3)
Co-headteacher, Elmsmere Manor (s.3)
Acting Deputy Headteacher, Elmsmere Manor (s.4−)
Head of History (s.4−)
History Teacher (s.4−)
2x01− 2013−
Dexter Harris Jason Callender Trainee Music Teacher, Elmsbury Academy (s.2−3)
Music Teacher, Elmsmere Manor (s.3−)
Head of Music (s.4−)
2x02− 2013−
Nero Johnson Akai Osei Student, Elmsmere Manor 3x02− 2014−
Isaac Rodgers Layton Blake Student, Elmsmere Manor (s.3)
Caretaker, Elmsmere Manor (s.4−)
3x03− 2014−
Eli Grant Daniel Kerr Student, Elmsmere Manor 3x03− 2014−
Owen Garland Lewis Brindley Student, Elmsmere Manor 3x03− 2014−
Fleur Murphy Chloe Davison Student, Elmsmere Manor 3x03− 2014−
Eleesha Rahad Grace McIntosh Student, Elmsmere Manor 3x03− 2014−
Graham Nunn Dan Wright PE Teacher, Elmsmere Manor 3x03− 2014−
Clem Burton Jade Alleyne Student, Elmsmere Manor 4x01− 2015−
Lizzie Baker Sarah Schoenbeck Science Teacher, Elmsmere Manor 4x01− 2015−
Isobel Harlow Ruby Barnhill Student, Elmsmere Manor 4x03− 2015−

Former cast[edit]

Character Actor Role Duration Year Episodes
Josh Carter Khalil Madovi Student, Elmsbury High (s.1)
Student, Elmsbury Academy (s.2−3)
Student, Elmsmere Manor (s.3)
Student, Hillview Institute (s.4)
1x01-4x01, 4x07, 4x13 2012−14, 2015 42
Nathan Carter Doc Brown English Teacher, Elmsbury High (s.1)
English Teacher (s.2−)
1x01−2x03, 2x12−3x02, 4x07, 4x13 2012−14, 2015 21
Ash Newman Tom Rowlinson Student, Elmsbury High (s.1)
Student, Elmsbury Academy (s.2−3)
Student, Elmsmere Manor (s.3)
1x01−4x01, 4x13 2012−14, 2015 42
Ryan Wood Oscar Lloyd Student, Elmsbury High (s.1)
Student, Elmsbury Academy (s.2−3)
Student, Winetts Prestige (s.3)
1x01−3x03 2012−14 28
Molly Finnegan Alana Thornton Student, Elmsbury High (s.1)
Student, Elmsbury Academy (s.2−3)
Student, Winetts Prestige (s.3)
1x01−3x03 2012−14 28
Agness Addo Sade Malone Student, Elmsbury High (s.1)
Student, Elmsbury Academy (s.2−3)
Student, Elmsmere Manor (s.3)
1x01−4x01, 4x13 2012−14, 2015 42
Zoe-Marie Ingham Ruby Morgan Student, Elmsbury High (s.1)
Student, Elmsbury Academy (s.2−3)
Student, Elmsmere Manor (s.3)
1x01−4x01, 4x13 2012−14, 2015 42
Melanie Poppy Laura Aikman Music Teacher, Elmsbury High (s.1)
Music Teacher, Elmsbury Academy (s.2−3)
1x01−3x02 2012−14 25
Mr. Byron Steve Huison Headteacher, Elmsbury High 1x01−1x13 2012 13
Jeff Thorne Myles Keogh PE Teacher, Elmsbury High (s.1)
PE Teacher, Elmsbury Academy (s.2)
1x07−2x13 2012−13 16
Natalie Harlow Beth Chaplow Student, Elmsbury High (s.1)
Student, Elmsbury Academy (s.2)
Student, Elmsmere Manor (s.3)
1x10, 2x07, 3x10−3x13 2012−14 5
Darius Phillips Adam Kavanagh Student, Elmsbury High (s.1)
Student, Elmsbury Academy (s.2−3)
Student, Elmsmere Manor (s.3)
1x12, 2x01−2x10, 2x12−3x01, 3x04 2012−14 14
Rachel Lauren McQueen Student, Elmsbury Academy (s.2)
Student at Elmsmere Manor (s.3)
2x07, 3x06, 3x09, 3x11 2013−14 4
Bebe Johnson Kerry Stacey Parent
School Secretary, Elmsmere Manor
3x02−3x13 2014 12
Aine O'Brien Sally Ann Matthews Co-headteacher, Elmsmere Manor 3x03−3x13 2014 11
Emma Parkwood Sophia Di Martino Music Teacher, Elmsmere Manor 3x03−3x13 2014 11

4 o'Clock Files[edit]

4 o'Clock Files is a spin-off from 4 o'Clock Club, following Josh Carter's departure for Hillview Academy. Set during the end of term at Elmsmere, it focuses on Crispin Bell, filming a documentary with the help of Eleesha and Fleur. He focuses on Elmsmere's curriculum, sporting activities and education, and also discusses the history of Elmsmere, about how Elmsbury and Fowlmere merged.

The series features clips from the second and third series, as the many topics of the documentary are discussed.

The series also features Nero and his friends, who discuss the events of the third series. Isaac and Ash made their final appearances in Elmsmere uniform, discussing Josh's mishaps with Rachel and the adventures they had in Elmsbury and Elmsmere. Dexter and Nunn were also caught teasing each other, at the expense of Dexter's end-of-year reports, whom he did Josh's and Zoe-Marie's (who also had been interviewed) reports.

Josh is absent from the series (due to his departure for Hillview). He only appears in clips from previous series.

It aired on CBBC from 14–19 December 2014.


The show is filmed in and around Swinton, Greater Manchester. Constructed raps are featured in every episode, usually relating to the current situation. As such, the series takes a musical style. Since the school set on fire in the show, it is now filmed in the former site of St Ambrose Barlow RC High School.For the first series we see the 4 O'Clock club being filmed in a secondary school that is still in use.This is Smithills School,Bolton.They used areas such as the schools upper school and college building (formerly used by Bolton sixth form). For the second series they also filmed in a school that is still in use which is Castle Hill High School in Stockport.



Geoff Ellis of Radio Times said: "Sibling rivalry is the big theme of this new comedy drama about brothers Nathan and Josh who go to the same school. Both of them are expert rappers, but the twist is that Nathan is a teacher and Josh is a pupil. While Josh dreams of making it in the music business, Nathan is determined to have his say and try to stop his young brother from making the same mistakes he did."[6]


Year Award Category Result
2012 Children's BAFTA Best Comedy Won
Best Children's Programme Won


  1. ^ "BBC iPlayer – 4 o'Clock Club: Back To School". 
  2. ^ CBBC Casting for 4 O'Clock Club (28 January 2014) ScreenTerrier. Retrieved 31 January 2014
  3. ^ "BBC – CBBC Productions celebrates a raft of new in-house commissions – Media centre". 
  4. ^ "CBBC announces in-house drama line-up". BBC Press Office (21 April 2011). Retrieved 31 January 2014
  5. ^ Tweet By Rene Millman on Friday, 20 December 2013 (20 December 2013). "BBC to premiere children's comedy show 4 O'Clock Club on iPlayer". Recombu. Retrieved 21 February 2014. 
  6. ^ "The 4 O'Clock Club - Radio Times". RadioTimes. Retrieved 10 April 2015. 

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