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 62 (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 and series 5 Began airing on CBBC and CCBC HD on 25th February 2016

A fifth series has been commissioned, and was filmed between June 2015 and August 2015.[3] A sixth series has been commissioned, and expected to air in January 2017.[4]


In March 2011, auditions were held for 4 O'Clock Club, and the show was publicly announced the next month.[5] In January 2012, the first episode aired, with the series wrapping up in March of the 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.

In the fifth series, all the characters from the fourth series remain, but with three new characters, who want to fit in with the "cool" kids, like Nero and his gang. 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 tries to hit on Lizzie. Amber, and her gang try to beat their bully Ingrid and Dexter and Nero face problems living together.


Main Cast[edit]

Actor Character Duration No. of Episodes
Simon Lowe Mr Crispin Bell 2x01- 52
Jason Callendar Mr Dexter Harris 2x02- 50
Akai Osei Nero Johnson 3x02- 37
Lewis Brindley Owen Garland 3x03- 36
Daniel Kerr Eli Grant 3x03- 36
Dan Wright Mr Graham Nunn 3x03- 36
Layton Blake Isaac Rodgers 3x03- 36
Grace McIntosh Eleesha Rahad 3x03- 36
Chloe Davison Fleur Murphy 3x03- 36
Jade Alleyne Clem Burton 4x01- 26
Sarah Schoenbeck Miss Lizzie Baker 4x01- 26
Ella Marshall-Pinder Amber Baker 5x01- 13
Cara Jenkins Violet 5x01- 13
Riley McCormick Darnesh 5x01- 13
Zara Thurstan Ingrid Ingham 5x01- 11
Victoria Carling Mrs Helena Goodman 5x01- 13

Recurring Cast[edit]

Actor Character Duration No. of Episodes
Ruby Barnhill Isobel Harlow 4x03- 6
Leah Hackett Emily Rowe 2x04- 8

Former Cast[edit]

Actor Character Duration No. of Episodes
Khalil Madovi Josh Carter 1x01-3x13, 4x01, 4x07, 4x13 42
Tom Rolinson Ash Newman 1x01-3x13, 4x01, 4x13, 5x04 43
Oscar Lloyd Ryan Wood 1x01-3x03 29
Doc Brown Nathan Carter 1x01-2x02, 2x12-3x02, 4x07, 4x13 21
Alana Thornton Molly Finnegan 1x01-3x03 29
Sade Malone Agness Addo 1x01-3x13, 4x01, 4x13 41
Ruby Morgan Zoe-Marie Ingham 1x01-3x13, 4x01, 4x13, 5x01, 5x12 43
Laura Aikman Miss Melanie Poppy 1x01-3x02 28
Steve Huison Mr John Byron 1x01-1x13 13
Myles Keogh Mr Jeff Thorne 1x07-2x13 20
Beth Chaplow Natalie Harlow 1x10-3x12 26
Adam Kavanagh Darius Phillips 1x02-3x13 28
Lauren McQueen Rachel 2x01-3x13 26
Kerry Stacey Bebe Johnson 3x02-3x13 11
Sally Ann Matthews Miss Aine O'Brien 3x03-3x13 10
Sophia Di Martino Miss Emma Parkwood 3x03-3x13 10
Liz Hume-Dawson Miss Anita Andress 1x01-3x03,3x13,4x01-4x13 43
Dystin Johnson Liz Carter 1x01-5x01 53

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 an secondary school that is still in use. This is Smithills School, Bolton. For the second series, they also filmed in an school that is still in use, which is Fairway Primary School in Stockport.



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