Viva S Club

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Viva S Club
VivaSClublogo.jpg
Viva S Club opening titles
Genre Family Entertainment
Starring S Club
Jeremy Xido
Alícia González
Opening theme "Alive"
Country of origin United Kingdom
Original language(s) English
No. of series 1 (in Spain)
4 (in total)
No. of episodes 13
Production
Running time 25 mins (approx)
Release
Original network CBBC (on BBC One)
Original release 20 September –
27 December 2002
Chronology
Preceded by Hollywood 7
Followed by Seeing Double (Cinema)

Viva S Club was the fourth and final series in the BBC television series starring British pop group S Club. This was the only series that was not filmed in America, instead, it was filmed in Barcelona, Spain. The programme was shown every week on CBBC from 20 September 2002 to 27 December 2002 and starred all members of S Club. The show also featured Alícia González, as housekeeper Maria, and Jeremy Xido, as Lyall, from the record company of which the group were signed.

The series aired in the United States, once again changing its name. However, in a break from the previous "S Club 7 in ..." pattern, the show was simply called "S Club" on the title screen, however referred to as "S Club 7 in Barcelona" in promos and commercials. It aired on ABC Family from 21 September 2002 to 14 December 2002.[1]

The series saw Paul Cattermole leave the group. This mirrored real life events, when in March 2002, Paul announced that he was to leave S Club.[2] There is one post series event, a movie entitled Seeing Double.

Main cast[edit]

Plot[edit]

As with past series, Viva S Club takes place following the events in Hollywood 7, in which the band has become popular Stateside, but not so much internationally. The series sees band member Paul Cattermole leave the group, featuring in only five episodes. The remainder of the series featured the events of the remaining S Club members who had renamed, S Club. The series sees the group gaining new manager Mr Wendelbaum, who employs Lyall and Maria as their mentor and housekeeper.

The final episode entitled Let's Get Out of Here, somewhat made fun of the way their series ended, the plot of the finale centred on Tina and a recent break up with a boyfriend whose dad happens to be a Mafioso leader. In the midst of the episode the group reminisce over the past few years and in the end they jump on a boat that was heading to Egypt before Jo pilots the boat back to the United Kingdom.

Episodes[edit]

Title Original airdate U.S. airdate S Club sing #
"The Fame in Spain" 20 September 2002 21 September 2002 "Summertime Feeling" 40
S Club have a new manager, Mr Wendelbaum, who decides to send the group to Barcelona, Spain to write their new album. They soon meet Lyall, who works for the record company, and Maria, their very own housekeeper. The group feel a little disappointed that, after success in the US, nobody recognises them in Spain. Bradley soon threatens to quit the group and become a painter; the future of the band becomes in doubt. This episode featured an appearance from S Club 8.
"A Problem Like Maria" 27 September 2002 28 September 2002 "Don't Stop Movin'" 41
The band find it difficult to settle into Spanish life: Tina misses L.A., their new manager gets upset when they try to give him a few pointers how to do his job, and Maria starts to behave different. The group find out that she has had to keep down multiple jobs as she feels as if her wage isn't big enough. The group try to find a way of how to get her paid more money.
"Jon De Bergerac" 11 October 2002 5 October 2002 "Sunshine" 42
After Bradley falls for a girl, he asks Jon to pen romantic letters and rhymes on his behalf, as he feels he's not up to the job. Jon gets into his new role and keeps sending the letters even when Bradley's relationship has ended. Hannah & Rachel attempt to give Jo a 'ladylike' makeover. Meanwhile, the rest of the group are having a different problem; they're suffering from writer's block.
"Goodbye Is the Hardest Word" 18 October 2002 12 October 2002 "Hello Friend" 43
Paul confesses to Hannah that he is ready to leave the band. He wants Hannah to help him break the bad news to the others. The band take the news hard, and try to persuade Paul to stay. Elsewhere, Jon tries to learn how to become a matador and Jo and Tina ban junk food in the house.
"Absent Friends" 25 October 2002 19 October 2002 "Straight from the Heart" 44
The band decide that they have to remain together and shorten their name from S Club 7 to simply S Club. The group are missing Paul and are really upset until they decide to take over Paul's favourite local club, Club Catalan! There, they discover that Paul has one last surprise for the band before he goes on to leave the band. Paul's departure mirrors his exit from the band in real life. Meanwhile, Lyall pursues a certain waitress with the help of Maria.
"Shakedown" 1 November 2002 26 October 2002 "Do It 'Till We Drop" 45
The band get lost in redecorating the club but Rachel and Tina cannot decide upon which colour to paint the walls. Meanwhile, Jon and Bradley battle to create the best cocktail and become Cocktail King.
"Superstition" 8 November 2002 2 November 2002 "Gangsta Love" 46
Lyall tries to get S Club's latest demo played by cult radio personality, El Porco. However, the DJ is only interested in taking advantage of Lyall. To make matters worse, the group have a run of bad luck when Tina loses her lucky ring, Maria breaks her ankle and El Porco ends up in hospital after one of the band's gigs!
"Spanish Jon" 15 November 2002 9 November 2002 "Never Had a Dream Come True" 47
Jon surprises the band after he announces that he's Spanish as he has discovered the existence of a long lost relative and national hero, Don Edouardo Crespo de la Mancha Lee. Jon embraces the Spanish lifestyle by insisting on eating late, taking siestas and going out to party late into the morning. The band also have to cheer up a broken-hearted Maria.
"The Rain in Spain" 22 November 2002 16 November 2002 "Let Me Sleep" 48
Jo becomes more than just friends with a local Spanish footballer. As he's up for a transfer to a UK club, Jo offers to help him with his English. However, the transfer comes through and Jo realises that she doesn't want to let him go. Meanwhile, Lyall takes up a new habit of spending his time gazing at a local waitress.
"Of Mice and Music" 6 December 2002 23 November 2002 "Dance" 49
The band discover that they have an infestation of mice, just before the food inspector arrives. The band are also told that they don't have a valid license to play at the club, and so it'd be illegal if the gig went ahead. In desperation, Rachel takes him on a date to try and change his mind and allow them to play. The episode takes its name from the John Steinbeck novel, "Of Mice and Men".
"Survival" 13 December 2002 30 November 2002 "Hey Kitty Kitty" 50
After hitting the road to showcase their new songs, the band get lost in the middle of nowhere. So it isn't good news when their tour bus is stolen and they are left to survive with very little. Jon and Jo undergo a transformation to become Tarzan and Jane while the rest of the guys plan how to fight off the wild animals and get them home.
"24 Minutes Till Doomsday" 20 December 2002 7 December 2002 "Alive" 51
With just twenty four minutes to go before the band take to the stage for an open-air concert, Rachel realises that she's forgotten Tina's birthday and so, Rachel has to dash to get her a last minute present. Meanwhile, Hannah is desperately searching for a ladies' toilet that isn't out of order!
"Let's Get Out of Here" 27 December 2002 14 December 2002 "Discotek" 52
In the Series Finale, with all the band feeling homesick, they're happy to make an escape from Tina's ex-boyfriend who won't take no for an answer; his dad even wants them to get married. After an amazing chase, S Club reach Barcelona's docks and jump on a ship leaving for England. But as they congratulate themselves on their incredible escape, they realise that the boat is headed for Egypt, not Britain! Jo ties up the crew of the boat, which is uncalled for, and commandeers the ship, and for the first time in four seasons, the group head back to England.

Video/DVD Releases[edit]

Unlike the previous three series, Viva S Club was never released on VHS or DVD worldwide. It has, however, been repeated several times on the CBBC Channel.

On 3 March 2008, 19 Management re-released the band's movie, Seeing Double, and online rumours suggested that Viva S Club was to be released on DVD. However nothing has been confirmed, and these have remained rumours.

Since S Club broke up in 2003, the fans have tried several ways and have created many online petitions to make 19 Entertainment release the series, no one succeeded.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "L.A. 7 (A Titles & Air Dates Guide)". EpGuides.com. Retrieved 19 January 2008. 
  2. ^ "Paul leaves S Club 7". BBC. 28 March 2002. Retrieved 19 January 2008. 

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