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 6
No. of episodes 78 (list of episodes)
Production
Executive producer(s) Connal Orton
Running time 27–28 minutes
Release
Original network CBBC
CBBC HD
Original release 13 January 2012 (2012-01-13) – present

4 O'Clock Club is a British comedy[1] and musical children's television series, which premiered on 13 January 2012[2] on CBBC and CBBC HD. A second series began airing on 4 January 2013, and the third series premiered on 20 December 2013.[3] Series 4 began airing on 28 January 2015, and Series 5 was aired on CBBC and CBBC HD from February to May 2016.

A sixth series was commissioned, and aired from 2 March to 18 May 2017.[4] A seventh series has been commissioned.[5]

Background[edit]

In March 2011, auditions were held for 4 O'Clock Club, and the show was publicly announced the next month.[6] In January 2012, the first episode aired, with the series wrapping up in March of the same year.

Synopsis[edit]

Series 1 (2012)[edit]

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.

Series 2 (2013)[edit]

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.

Series 3 (2013-14)[edit]

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. Molly and Ryan do not appear in the rest of the series and attend a new school off screen. Due to the merger, several new characters joined the series in episode three - these were PE teacher Mr Nunn (Dan Wright), Miss Parkwood (Sophia Di Martino) and pupils in Nero's year; Eli Grant (Daniel Kerr), Owen Garland (Lewis Brindley), Fleur Murphy (Chloe Davison) and Eleesha Rahad (Grace McIntosh). Sally Ann Matthews also joined the cast as head teacher Aine O'Brien.

Series 4 (2015)[edit]

The fourth series features Nero, now in the main role, and his crew have replaced Josh and the Elmsbury gang 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 teachers who appeared in series 3, Miss Parkwood and Aine O'Brien do not appear in this series, leading to the re-introduction of former head teacher Anita Andress (Liz Hume-Dawson). 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. A new love interest for Dexter, Science teacher Lizzie Baker (Sarah Schoenbeck), is introduced in episode one. A new recurring character, Isobel Harlow (Ruby Barnhill) appears from episode three. 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.

Series 5 (2016)[edit]

In the fifth series, all the characters from the fourth series remain, but with three new characters, Lizzie's younger sister Amber (Ella Marshall Pinder) and her friends Violet (Cara Jenkins) and Darnesh (Riley McCormick) who want to fit in with the "cool" kids, like Nero and his gang. Zoe-Marie's younger sister Ingrid (Zara Thurstan) also starts at the school and quickly becomes Amber's enemy. A new head teacher is also introduced in the first episode, Mrs Helena Goodman (Victoria Carling). Throughout the series, both Nero and Clem try to tell each other how they feel about each other. Dexter and Lizzie are dating but must hide it from others, though Mr Nunn (Dan Wright) tries to hit on Lizzie. Amber, and her gang try to beat their bully Ingrid and Dexter and Nero face problems living together.

Series 6 (2017)[edit]

In the sixth series, Nero and Clem have finally begun dating after their summer romance, but eventually break up after their several arguments. Clem departs in episode three to pursue a career in music. Dexter and Lizzie are expecting a baby, and eventually give birth to twins named Albert and Faraday. After his divorce in the previous series, and a brief relationship with newcomer Anastasia (Rachel Elizabeth Kelly), Bell finds himself living in a run-down caravan on the school grounds with his estranged son CJ (Rufus T King-Dabbs), a newcomer to the series. Dexter and Nero are both shocked at CJ's arrival, as Bell never mentioned in any previous series that he had a child. The series also introduces the characters of Polly Morgan (Mischa Eckersley), a fellow pupil of Nero's whom he tries to impress throughout the series and Owen's younger brother Chester (Rohan Green). In Series 6, Isobel Harlow was promoted to a series regular as she appeared in every episode.

Series 7 (2018)[edit]

A seventh series has been commissioned and will air in Spring 2018. All the main cast from Series 6 will return.

Cast[edit]

Main characters[edit]

  • In series six, Dexter and Lizzie were absent from a number of episodes.
Character Actor/Actress Role Duration Year(s)
Mr Crispin Bell Simon Lowe Headteacher (2x01-3x02),
Co-Headteacher (3x03-3x13),
History Teacher (4x01-),
Deputy Headteacher (5x01-)
Parent (6x07-)
2x01– 2013–
Dexter Harris Jason Callender Music Teacher,
Head of Music (3x03-),
Parent (6x04-),
Husband (6x13-)
2x02– 2013–
Isaac Rodgers Layton Blake Student,
Caretaker (4x01–)
2x07, 3x03– 2013–
Nero Johnson Akai Osei Student 3x02– 2014–
Owen Garland Lewis Brindley Student 3x03– 2014–
Eli Grant Daniel Kerr Student 3x03– 2014–
Mr Graham Nunn Dan Wright P.E Teacher 3x03– 2014–
Fleur Murphy Chloe Davison Student 3x03– 2014–
Eleesha Rahad Grace McIntosh Student 3x03– 2014–
Mrs Lizzie Harris Sarah Schoenbeck Science Teacher,
Parent (6x04-),
Wife (6x13-)
4x01– 2015–
Isobel Harlow Ruby Barnhill Student 4x03– 2015–
Amber Baker Ella Marshall-Pinder Student 5x01– 2016–
Violet Cara Jenkins Student 5x01– 2016–
Darnesh Riley McCormick Student 5x01– 2016–
Ingrid Ingham Zara Thurstan Student 5x01– 2016–
Mrs Helena Goodman Victoria Carling Headteacher 5x01– 2016–
Katie Jasmine Payne Student 5x13– 2016–
Polly Morgan Mischa Eckersley Student 6x05– 2017–
Crispin 'CJ' Bell Jr Rufus King-Dabbs Student 6x07– 2017–

Recurring and guest characters[edit]

Character Actor/Actress Role Duration Year(s)
Zoe-Marie Ingham Ruby Morgan Student (1x01-3x13), Hairdresser (4x01-) 1x01– 2012–
Ashley 'Ash' Newman Tom Rolinson Student (1x01-3x13) Mechanic (4x01-) 1x01– 2012–
PC Emily Rowe Leah Hackett Police Offier 2x04– 2013–
Albert Baker-Harris Uncredited Dexter and Lizzie's son 6x04– 2017–
Faraday Baker-Harris Uncredited Dexter and Lizzie's son 6x04– 2017–
Chester Garland Rohan Green Student 6x05– 2017–
Miss Alya Higgins Kiran Landa Science Teacher 6x05– 2017–

Past characters[edit]

Character Actor/Actress Role Duration Year(s)
Josh Carter Khalil Madovi Student (1x01-3x13), Relative (4x01-) 1x01–4x01, 4x07, 4x13 2012–2015
Nathan Carter Doc Brown English Teacher(1x01-2x13)
Husband (3x02)
1x01–2x02, 2x12–3x02, 4x07, 4x13 2012–2015
Ryan Wood Oscar Lloyd Student 1x01–3x03 2012–2014
Molly Finnegan Alana Thornton Student 1x01–3x03 2012–2014
Agness Addo Sade Malone Student 1x01–4x01, 4x13 2012–2015
Mrs Melanie Carter Laura Aikman Music Teacher(1x01-3x02)
Wife (3x02)
1x01–3x02 2012–2014
Mr John Byron Steve Huison Headteacher 1x01–1x13 2012
Darius Phillips Adam Kavanagh Student 1x02–2x13 2012–2013
Mr Jeff Thorne Myles Keogh P.E Teacher 1x07–2x13 2012–2013
Natalie Harlow Beth Chaplow Student 1x10–3x12 2012–2014
Rachel Lauren McQueen Student 2x01–3x10 2013–2014
Bebe Johnson Kerry Stacey School Receptionist 3x02–3x13 2014
Miss Aine O'Brien Sally Ann Matthews Headteacher 3x03–3x13 2014
Miss Emma Parkwood Sophia Di Martino Music Teacher 3x03–3x13 2014
Miss Anita Andress Liz Hume-Dawson ICT Teacher (1x01-3x03, 3x13-4x13), Deputy Headteacher (2x01–3x02), Headteacher (3x13–4x13) 1x01-3x03, 3x13-4x13 2012–2015
Liz Carter Dystin Johnson Nurse, Parent, Auntie 1x01–5x01 2012–2016
Anastasia Rachel Elizabeth Kelly Mr Bell's ex-girlfriend 6x01-6x03 2017
Clem Burton Jade Alleyne Student 4x01–6x03 2015–2017

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 programe aired on CBBC, between 14 and 19 December 2014.

Production[edit]

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 2013, the show has been filmed in the former site of St Ambrose Barlow RC High School in Swinton.

For the first series, filmed in the summer of 2011, we see 4 O'Clock Club being filmed in a secondary school that is still in use. This is Smithills School, Bolton. The second series was filmed at Overton High School (now Fairway Primary School) in Stockport in 2012, and was used briefly in 2013 for the third series.

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