4 O'Clock Club

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4 O'Clock Club
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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 network 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.[2] Series 4 began airing on 28 January 2015. A fifth series has been commissioned and was filmed between June 2015 and August 2015 to premiere in 2016. [3]


Auditions were held for 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.


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 Isaac, 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.


Current cast[edit]

Character Actor Role Duration Year
Liz Carter Dystin Johnson Parent 1x01− 2012−
Anita Andress Liz Hume-Dawson ICT teacher
Deputy Headteacher, Elmsbury Academy
Headteacher, Winetts Prestige
Headteacher, Elmsmere Manor
1x01−3x03, 3x13− 2012−
Crispin Bell Simon Lowe Headteacher, Elmsbury Academy
Co-headteacher, Elmsmere Manor
Acting Deputy Headteacher, Elmsmere Manor
Head of History
History Teacher
2x01− 2013−
Dexter Harris Jason Callender Trainee Music Teacher, Elmsbury Academy
Music Teacher, Elmsmere Manor
Head of Music
2x02− 2013−
Nero Johnson Akai Osei Student, Elmsmere Manor 3x02− 2014−
Isaac Rodgers Layton Blake Student, Elmsmere Manor
Caretaker, Elmsmere Manor
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
Student, Elmsbury Academy
Student, Elmsmere Manor
Student, Hillview Institute
1x01-4x01, 4x07, 4x13 2012−14, 2015 42
Nathan Carter Doc Brown English Teacher, Elmsbury High
English Teacher
1x01−2x03, 2x12−3x02, 4x07, 4x13 2012−14, 2015 21
Ash Newman Tom Rowlinson Student, Elmsbury High
Student, Elmsbury Academy
Student, Elmsmere Manor
1x01−4x01, 4x13 2012−14, 2015 42
Ryan Wood Oscar Lloyd Student, Elmsbury High
Student, Elmsbury Academy
Student, Winetts Prestige
1x01−3x03 2012−14 28
Molly Finnegan Alana Thornton Student, Elmsbury High
Student, Elmsbury Academy
Student, Winetts Prestige
1x01−3x03 2012−14 28
Agness Addo Sade Malone Student, Elmsbury High
Student, Elmsbury Academy
Student, Elmsmere Manor
1x01−4x01, 4x13 2012−14, 2015 42
Zoe-Marie Ingham Ruby Morgan Student, Elmsbury High
Student, Elmsbury Academy
Student, Elmsmere Manor
1x01−4x01, 4x13 2012−14, 2015 42
Melanie Poppy Laura Aikman Music Teacher, Elmsbury High
Music Teacher, Elmsbury Academy
1x01−3x02 2012−14 25
Mr. Byron Steve Huison Headteacher, Elmsbury High 1x01−1x13 2012 13
Jeff Thorne Myles Keogh PE Teacher, Elmsbury High
PE Teacher, Elmsbury Academy
1x07−2x13 2012−13 16
Natalie Harlow Beth Chaplow Student, Elmsbury High
Student, Elmsbury Academy
Student, Elmsmere Manor
1x10, 2x07, 3x10−3x13 2012−14 5
Darius Phillips Adam Kavanagh Student, Elmsbury High
Student, Elmsbury Academy
Student, Elmsmere Manor
1x12, 2x01−2x10, 2x12−3x01, 3x04 2012−14 14
Rachel Lauren McQueen Student, Elmsbury Academy
Student at Elmsmere Manor
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 reports.

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

The programme aired on CBBC between 14 and 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 4 O'Clock club being filmed in a secondary school that is still in use. This is Smithills School, Bolton. For the second series they also filmed in a school that is still in use which is Fairway Primary School in Stockport.



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