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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 Various
Country of origin United Kingdom
No. of series 9
No. of episodes 118 (list of episodes)
Executive producer(s) Connal Orton
Running time 27–28 minutes
Original network CBBC (2012–present)
CBBC HD (2013–present)
Original release January 13, 2012 (2012-01-13) – present

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

The show's seventh series started airing from 24 January 2018, and ended on 18 April 2018. Series 8 began on CBBC with a Christmas special on 19 December 2018, and continued airing on CBBC from 6 February 2019, and ended on 17 April 2019. Series 9 began airing on 4 February 2020.


In March 2011, auditions were held for 4 O'Clock Club, and the show was publicly announced the next month. In January 2012, the first episode aired, with the series wrapping up in March of the same year. Since 2011, nine series have been produced, filming annually in the summer months.


Series 1 (2012)

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)

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 Bell was a brutal enemy of Josh and Dexter for the remainder of the series. Issac (Layton Blake) made a guest and a 1st appearance in Series 2 Episode 1 but his name wasn't confirmed and the credits says "Fowlmere Josh".Josh is 14 in this season

Series 3 (2013–2014)

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 Manor, renaming the school Elmsmere Manor as of the fourth episode of the third series. Molly, Ryan and Miss Andress (until episode 13) do not appear in the rest of the series and attend a new school off-screen, known as Gosset High with Miss Anita Andress as the Headteacher of Gosset High.

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 headteacher Aine O'Brien and a pupil in Josh's year: Isaac Rodgers (Layton Blake) who is now the main character. The series also has Bebe Johnson who is the secretary for Elmsmere Manor as well as the mother of Nero

Series 4 (2015)

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 and is now a father to baby Moses.

Series 5 (2016)

In the fifth series, all the characters from the fourth series remain apart from Miss Andress, 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)

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 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)

The seventh series started airing on 24 January 2018. All the main characters from the previous series returned apart from Isobel Harlow (Ruby Barnhill). Elmsmere School has moved to a new location after debt caused the old school to be closed. Mr. Bell becomes stand in headteacher, while Helena Goodman takes time off to reflect on the financial issues of the old site. She returns for the final four episodes of the season. Nero's character departs in the fourth episode to pursue new experiences in America along with Dexter and Lizzie. 3 new characters were introduced also in the 4th episode: Science teacher Maddie Harper (Genesis Lynea), her son Jack Harper (Ashton Henry-Reid) and Music teacher Danny Boyd (Nathan Clarke).

Series 8 (2018–2019)

The eighth series began with a special for Christmas on 19 December 2018, focusing on Mr Bell and his relationship with son CJ. The rest of the series began on CBBC on 6 February 2019, and was on the BBC iPlayer every Wednesday from 5:00 pm. Evan (Zak Sutcliffe) was introduced in this series as a 6th former student who is also a rebel. Nero returns as a guest on the 100th episode special which was the 9th Episode is the 8th Series. All the cast from the previous series return, with Mrs Goodman (Victoria Carling) leaving in episode four.

Series 9 (2020)

The ninth series began airing on 4 February 2020. This series saw a mini-reboot. PC Emily Rowe (Leah Hackett) who has appeared since the second series becomes a series regular. New characters Coco (Carys John) and Reiss (Aled Arhyel) were introduced as PC Rowe's niece and nephew, and are put into the care of Rowe after their mother is arrested. They are joined by new classmates Henry (Finley Allgrove) and Magnus (Harley Harrison). New music teacher Clinton Russell (Andy Umerah) was introduced as well, who replaces Danny, and he also dates PC Rowe.

All the cast return from the previous series, with the exception of Maddie and Jack Harper (Genesis Lynea and Ashton Henry-Reid), Eli Grant (Daniel Kerr) and Mr Danny Boyd (Nathan Clarke) who all have left the series off screen. Episode three sees new member of staff Miss Wrigley (Holly Freeman) join the series. Episode five saw Mr Nunn (Dan Wright) learn that new pupil Henry is his son. Zoe-Marie Ingham (Ruby Morgan) returned in episode 7.

This series saw the final appearances of CJ and Crispin Bell Bell (Rufus King-Dabbs and Simon Lowe) episode 4 and 10 respectively and Owen (Lewis Brindley), Fleur (Chloe Davison), Eleesha (Grace McIntosh), Katie (Jasmine Payne), Polly (Mischa Taylor Eckersley) and Evan (Zak Sutcliffe) in episode 13 as they left sixth form. CJ Bell returned in episode 10 as part of a rap, and Crispin Bell returned in episode 13 for a guest appearance.

This series concluded on 21 April 2020 with the final two episodes being aired back-to-back on CBBC.


Main characters

Character Actor/actress Role Duration Year(s)
Isaac Rodgers Layton Blake Student (2x01–3x13),
Caretaker (4x01–)
2x01, 3x03–, Flashbacks (Series 7 and 8) 2013, 2014–
PC Emily Rowe Leah Hackett Police Officer
Reiss and Coco's Auntie
Clinton's Girlfriend
2x04– 2013–
Mr Graham Nunn Dan Wright P.E Teacher
Henry's Dad
Anna's ex-husband
3x03–, Flashbacks (Series 7 and 8) 2014–
Amber Baker Ella Marshall-Pinder Student 5x01– Flashbacks (Series 7)
Violet Cara Jenkins Student 5x01– 2016–
Darnesh Palmer Riley McCormick Student 5x01– 2016–
Ingrid Ingham Zara Thurstan Student 5x01– Flashbacks (Series 7 and 8) 2016–
Chester Garland Rohan Green Student 6x05– Flashbacks (Series 8) 2017–
Mrs Morgan Rosina Carbone Chemist (6x06–8x02)
Polly's Mum
Head of Governors (8x02–)
6x06, 7x08, 8x02– 2017–
Mr Clinton Russell Andy Umerah Music Teacher
PC Emily Rowe's boyfriend
9x01– 2020–
Reiss Aled Arhyel PC Emily Rowe's nephew
Coco's Brother
9x01– 2020–
Coco Carys John PC Emily Rowe's niece
Reiss' Sister
9x01– 2020–
Henry Ford Finley Allgrove Student
Graham and Anna's Son
9x02– 2020–
Magnus Harley Harrison Student 9x02– 2020–
Miss Susan Wrigley Holly Freeman Deputy Head Teacher (9x03–10)
Acting Headteacher (9x10–)
9x03– 2020–

Recurring and guest characters

Character Actor/actress Role Duration Year(s)
Anna Ford Thaila Zucchi Henry's Mum 9x05– 2020–

Past characters

Character Actor/actress Role Duration Year(s)
Mr Byron Steve Huison Headteacher 1x01–1x13 2012
Mr Jeff Thorne Myles Keogh P.E Teacher 1x07–2x13 2012–2013
Mrs Melanie Poppy Laura Aikman Music Teacher (1x01–3x02)
Nathan's Wife (3x02)
1x01–3x02 2012–2014
Ryan Wood Oscar Lloyd Student 1x01–3x03 2012–2014
Molly Finnegan Alana Thornton Student 1x01–3x03 2012–2014
Darius Phillips Adam Kavanagh Student 1x02–3x04 2012–2014
Rachel Crawford Lauren McQueen Student 2x07–3x11 2013–2014
Natalie Harlow Beth Chaplow Student 1x10–3x13 2012–2014
Bebe Johnson Kerry Stacey School Receptionist/ Nero's Mother 3x02–3x13 2014
Miss Aine O'Brien Sally Ann Matthews Headteacher 3x03–3x13 2014
Miss Emma Parkwood Sophia Di Martino Assistant Music Teacher 3x03–3x13 2014
Mr Jameson William Travis Caretaker 1x05–3x04 2012–2014
Josh Carter Khalil Madovi Student (1x01–4x01), Relative (4x07, 4x13) 1x01–4x01, 4x07, 4x13, Flashbacks (Series 8) 2012–2015, 2019–2020
Mr Nathan Carter Doc Brown English Teacher(1x01–2x13)
Melanie's Husband (3x02)
Relative (4x07, 4x13)
1x01–2x02, 2x12–3x02, 4x07, 4x13, Flashbacks (Series 8) 2012–2015, 2019–2020
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
Agness Addo Sade Malone Student 1x01–4x01, 4x13 2012–2015
Liz Carter Dystin Johnson Nurse, Parent, Auntie, Josh's mother 1x01–5x01 2012–2016
Ashley 'Ash' Newman Tom Rolinson Student (1x01–3x13) Mechanic (4x01–6x01) 1x01–4x01, 4x13, 5x04, 6x01, Flashbacks (Series 8) 2012–2017, 2019–2020
Anastasia Rachel Elizabeth Kelly Mr Bell's ex-girlfriend 6x01–6x03 2017
Isobel Harlow Ruby Barnhill Student 4x03–6x13 2015–2017
Miss Allyah Higgins Kiran Landa Science Teacher 6x05–6x13 2017
Albert and Faraday Baker-Harris Uncredited Twins of Dexter and Lizzie 6x04–7x04 2017–2018
Dexter Harris Jason Callender Music Teacher (2x02–7x03)
Head of Music (3x03–7x03)
Head of Woodwork (7x03–7x04)
Lizzie's Husband (6x13–)
2x02–7x04, Flashbacks (Series 7) 2013–2018
Mrs Lizzie Baker Sarah Schoenbeck Head of Science
Dexter's Wife (6x13–)
4x01–7x04, Flashbacks (Series 7) 2015–2018
Clem Burton Jade Alleyne Student (4x01–6x03)
Ghost of Christmas Past (8x01)
4x01–6x03, 8x01, Flashbacks (Series 8) 2015–2020
Mrs Helena Goodman Victoria Carling Headteacher (5x01–7x02, 7x10-8x04)
Art Teacher (7x10–8x04)
5x01–7x02, 7x10–8x04, Flashbacks (Series 8) 2016–2020
Nero Johnson Akai Osei Student (3x03–7x04)
American Citizen (8x09)
3x02–7x04, 8x09, Flashbacks (Series 7 and 8) 2014–2020
Eli Grant Daniel Kerr Student 3x03–8x13, Flashbacks (Series 7 and 8) 2014–2020
Miss Maddie Harper Genesis Lynea Science Teacher 7x04–8x13, Flashbacks (Series 8) 2018–2020
Mr Danny Boyd Nathan Clarke Music Teacher, Flashbacks (Series 8) 7x04–8x13 2018–2020
Jack Harper Ashton Henry-Reid Maddie's son
7x08–8x13, Flashbacks (Series 8) 2018–2020
Zoe-Marie Ingham Ruby Morgan Student (1x01–3x13), Hairdresser (4x01–9x07) 1x01–4x01, 4x13, 5x01, 5x12, 6x01, 6x13, 9x07, Flashbacks (Series 8) 2012–2017, 2019–2020
CJ Bell Rufus King-Dabbs Student (6x07–9x04), Mr Bell's son 6x07–9x04, 9x10, Flashbacks (Series 7 and 8) 2017–2020
Mr Crispin Bell Simon Lowe Headteacher (2x01–3x02, 8x04–9x10),
Co Headteacher (3x03–3x13),
History Teacher (4x01–9x10),
Deputy Headteacher (5x01–7x02),
Acting Headteacher (7x02–8x04) Chauffeur (9x13)
2x01–9x10, 9x13, Flashbacks (Series 7 and 8) 2013–2020
Owen Garland Lewis Brindley Student 3x03–9x13, Flashbacks (Series 7 and 8) 2014–2020
Fleur Murphy Chloe Davison Student 3x03–9x13, Flashbacks (Series 7 and 8) 2014–2020
Eleesha Rahad Grace McIntosh Student 3x03–9x13, Flashbacks (Series 7 and 8) 2014–2020
Katie Turnbull Jasmine Payne Student 5x13–9x13, Flashbacks (Series 7 and 8) 2016–2020
Polly Morgan Mischa Taylor Eckersley Student 6x05–9x13, Flashbacks (Series 7 and 8) 2017–2020
Evan Lloyd Zak Sutcliffe Student 8x02–9x13, Flashbacks (Series 7 and 8) 2019–2020


Actor Character Series
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 Flashbacks (Series 7) 8 Flashbacks (Series 8) 9
Khalil Madovi Josh Carter Main Recurring N/A Main N/A
Doc Brown Nathan Carter Main Recurring N/A Main N/A
Dystin Johnson Liz Carter Main Guest N/A
Tom Rolinson Ashley 'Ash' Newman Main Recurring Guest N/A Main N/A
Oscar Lloyd Ryan Woods Main Recurring N/A
Alana Thornton Molly Finnegan Main Recurring N/A
Ruby Morgan Zoe-Marie Inghan Main Recurring N/A Main Guest
Sade Malone Agness Addo Main Recurring N/A
Steve Huison Mr Byron Main N/A
Laura Aikman Miss Melanie Poppy Main Recurring N/A
Liz Hume-Dawson Miss Anita Andress Main Recurring Main N/A
Adam Kavanagh Darius Phillips Recurring N/A
Myles Keogh Mr Jeff Thorne Recurring Main N/A
Beth Chaplow Natalie Harlow Recurring N/A
Simon Lowe Mr Crispin Bell N/A Main
Layton Blake Isaac Rodgers N/A Guest Main
Jason Callender Dexter Harris N/A Main N/A
Leah Hackett PC Emily Rowe N/A Recurring N/A Recurring N/A Main
Lauren McQueen Rachel N/A Recurring N/A
Akai Osei Nero Johnson N/A Main Guest Main N/A
Kerry Stacey Bebe Johnson N/A Main N/A
Sophia Di Martino Miss Emma Parkwood N/A Main N/A
Sally Ann Matthews Miss Aine O'Brien N/A Main N/A
Dan Wright Mr Graham Nunn N/A Main
Daniel Kerr Eli Grant N/A Main N/A
Lewis Brindley Owen Garland N/A Main
Chloe Davison Fleur Murphy N/A Main
Grace McIntosh Eleesha Rahad N/A Main
Sarah Schoenbeck Miss Lizzie Baker N/A Main N/A
Jade Alleyne Clem Burton N/A Main N/A Guest Main N/A
Ruby Barnhill Isobel Harlow N/A Recurring Main N/A
Victoria Carling Mrs Helena Goodman N/A Main Recurring N/A Recurring Main N/A
Ella Marshall Pinder Amber Baker N/A Main
Cara Jenkins Violet N/A Main N/A Main
Riley McCormick Darnesh Palmer N/A Main N/A Main
Zara Thurstan Ingrid Ingham N/A Main N/A Main
Jasmine Payne Katie Turnbull N/A Guest Main N/A Main
Rachel Elizabeth Kelly Anastasia N/A Recurring N/A
Uncredited Albert Baker-Harris N/A Recurring N/A
Faraday Baker-Harris N/A Recurring N/A
Rohan Green Chester Garland N/A Main N/A Main
Kiran Landa Miss Allyah Higgins N/A Recurring N/A
Mischa Taylor Eckersley Polly Morgan N/A Main
Rosina Carbone Mrs Morgan N/A Guest N/A Main N/A Main
Rufus King-Dabbs CJ Bell N/A Main N/A Main Recurring
Genesis Lynea Miss Maddie Harper N/A Main N/A Main N/A
Nathan Clarke Mr Danny Boyd N/A Main N/A Main N/A
Ashton Henry-Reid Jack Harper N/A Main N/A Main N/A
Zak Sutcliffe Evan Lloyd N/A Main N/A Main
Andy Umerah Clinton Russell N/A Main
Aled Arhyel Reiss N/A Main
Carys John Coco N/A Main
Finley Allgrove Henry Ford N/A Main
Harley Harrison Magnus N/A Main
Holly Freeman Miss Susan Wrigley N/A Main
Thaila Zucchi Anna Ford N/A Recurring

4 O'Clock Files

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 Fleur Murphy. 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.

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