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 episodes 52 (13 to be filmed) (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 will start filming in June 2015.[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 Current role Past role Duration Year
Liz Carter Dystin Johnson Nurse 1x01- 2012-
Anita Andress Liz Hume-Dawson Headmistress of Elmsmere Manor (s.4-) Deputy headteacher of Elmsbury High and Academy (s.1-3)
Headteacher of Winetts Prestige (s.3)
1x01-3x03, 3x13- 2012-2014, 2014-
Crispin Bell Simon Lowe Head of History (s.4-)
Acting deputy headteacher
Headteacher of Elmsbury (s.2-3)
Joint Headeacher of Elmsmere Manor
2x01- 2013-
Dexter Harris Jason Callender Head of Music Department at Elmsmere Manor (s.4-) Music teacher trainee at Elmsbury Academy (s.2-3)
Joint music teacher at Elmsmere (s.3)
2x02- 2013-
Nero Johnson Akai Osei Student at Elmsmere Manor  ? 3x02- 2014-
Isaac Rodgers Layton Blake Caretaker at Elmsmere Manor (s.4-) Student at Elmsmere (s.3)
Student at Fowlmere Manor (before s.3)
2x01, 3x03- 2013, 2014-
Eli Grant Daniel Kerr Student at Elmsmere Manor Student at Fowlmere Manor (before s.3) 3x03- 2014-
Owen Garland Lewis Brindley Student at Elmsmere Manor Student at Fowlmere Manor (before s.3) 3x03- 2014-
Fleur Murphy Chloe Davison Student at Elmsmere Manor Student at Fowlmere Manor (before s.3) 3x03- 2014-
Eleesha Rahad Grace McIntosh Student at Elmsmere Manor Student at Fowlmere Manor (before s.3) 3x03- 2014-
Graham Nunn Dan Wright P.E. teacher at Elmsmere Manor P.E. teacher at Fowlmere Manor (before s.3) 3x03- 2014-
Clem Burton Jade Alleyne Student at Elmsmere Manor Student at St. Millicent's Convent (before s.4)
Student at several schools (before s.4)
4x01- 2015-
Lizzie Baker Sarah Schoenbeck Science teacher at Elmsmere Manor  ? 4x01- 2015-
Isobel Harlow Ruby Barnhill Student at Elmsmere Manor  ? 4x03- 2015-

Former cast[edit]

Character Actor Current role (as of latest episodes) Past role Duration Year Episodes
Joshua "Josh" Carter Khalil Madovi Student at Hillview Institute (s.4-) Student at Elmsmere Manor (s.3)
Student at Elmsbury High/Academy (s.1-3)
1x01-4x01, 4x07, 4x13 2012-2014, 2015 42
Nathan Carter Doc Brown (rapper) Married to Melanie Poppy (s.3-) Student at Elmsbury High (before s.1)
Rapper (before s.1)
English teacher at Elmsbury High/Academy (s.1)
English teacher at Scotland school (s.2)
1x01-3x02, 4x07, 4x13 2012-2014, 2015 21
Ashley "Ash" Newman Tom Rowlinson Mechanic (s.4-) Student at Elmsmere Manor (s.3)
Student at Elmsbury High/Academy (s.1-2)
1x01-4x01, 4x13 2012-2014, 2015 42
Ryan Wood Oscar Lloyd  ? Student at Elmsbury High/Academy (s.1-2) Student at Winetts Prestige (s.3) 1x01-3x03 2012-2014 28
Molly Finnegan Alana Thornton  ? Student at Elmsbury High/Academy (s.1-2) Student at Winetts Presitge (s.3) 1x01-3x03 2012-2014 28
Agness Addo Sade Malone Works at local Café (s.4-) Student at Elmsbury High/Academy (s.1-2)
Student at Elmsmere Manor (s.3)
1x01-4x01, 4x13 2012-2014, 2015 42
Zoe-Marie Ingham Ruby Morgan Beautician (s.4-) Student at Elmsbury High/Academy (s.1-2)
Student at Elmsmere Manor (s.3)
1x01-4x01, 4x13 2012-2014, 2015 42
Melanie Carter (née Poppy) Laura Aikman Married to Nathan Carter (s.3-) Music teacher at Elmsbury High/Academy (s.1-2) 1x01-3x02 2012-2014 25
Mr. Byron Steve Huison  ? Headteacher of Elmsbury High (s.1) 1x01-1x13 2012 13
Jeff Thorne Myles Keogh  ? P.E. teacher at Elmsbury High/Academy (s.1-2) 1x07-2x13 2012-2013 16
Darius Phillips Adam Kavanagh  ? Student at Elmsbury High/Academy (s.1-2)
Student at Elmsmere Manor(s.3)
1x12-3x04 2012-2014 7
Rachel Lauren McQueen  ? Student at Elmsbury High/Academy (s.1-2)
Student at Elmsmere Manor (s.3)
2x07, 3x06, 3x09, 3x11 2013-2014 4
Natalie Harlow Beth Chaplow  ? Student at Elmsbury High/Academy (s.1-2)
Student at Elmsmere Manor (s.3)
1x10, 2x07, 3x10, 3x12, 3x13 2013-2014 5
Bebe Johnson Kerry Stacey In Kuwait, with Mr Johnson (s.4-) Receptionist of Elmsmere Manor (s.3) 3x02-3x13 2014 11
Aine O'Brien Sally Ann Matthews  ? Fowlmere headteacher (before s.3)
Joint headteacher of Elmsmere Manor (s.3)
3x03-3x13 2014 10
Emma Parkwood Sophia Di Martino  ? Music teacher of Fowlmere (before s.3)
Joint music teacher of Elmsmere Manor (s.3)
3x03-3x13 2014 10
Moses Carter  ? 4x07 2015 1

4 O'Clock Files[edit]

4 O'Clock Files is a subseries to the main show. It focuses on Mr Bell filming a documentary with the help of Eleesha and Fleur. He focuses on the school's curriculum, sporting activities and education. He also talks about the history of the school, about how they merged together. The series also features Nero's crew, who wore the old Elmsmere uniform, who talk about the events that happened in series 3. Isaac and Ash made their final appearances in Elmsmere uniform, talking about Josh's mishaps with Rachel, and the fun moments they had in Elmsbury. Mr Harris and Mr 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 had already left for Hillview, but he did return in series 4 (briefly). The series was set at the end of term, right after Josh had left for Hillview, (Clem arriving in series 4.) It aired on a 5 day run on CBBC from 14th December to 19th December 2014.


The show is filmed in and around Stockport, 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.


Series Episodes Originally aired
Series premiere Series finale
1 13 13 January 2012 (2012-01-13) 30 March 2012 (2012-03-30)
2 13 4 January 2013 (2013-01-04) 22 March 2013 (2013-03-22)
3 13 20 December 2013 (2013-12-20) 26 March 2014 (2014-03-26)
4 13 28 January 2015 (2015-01-28) 22 April 2015 (2015-04-22)


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 2015-04-10. 

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