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Back to the '50s
Genre Sitcom
Family Entertainment
Written by Paul Alexander,
Simon Braithwaite,
Paul Dornan,
Kim Fuller,
Georgia Prachett
Directed by Andrew Margeston
Starring S Club 7
Opening theme "S Club Party"
Country of origin United Kingdom
Original language(s) English
No. of episodes 1
Executive producer(s) Simon Fuller
Production location(s) Miami, USA
Running time 45 minutes (approx.)
Production company(s) 19 Entertainment
Original network ITV Network (CITV)
Original release 1999 (1999)
Preceded by Miami 7
Followed by Boyfriends & Birthdays

Back to the '50s is the first one off sitcom from the British pop group S Club 7. It first aired 1999 and was produced for CITV. In this movie, the cast proceeds with their long drive from Miami to Los Angeles - when they suddenly find themselves in the 1950s, having travelled back in time. The episode itself is a parody of both the films, Grease & Back to the Future.


S Club 7 are driving from Miami to Los Angeles. Rachel points out the milometer has reached all the 9s. As it turns back to all the 0s, obliviously, they drive through a wormhole. The radio turns on playing 1950s music, and arriving at Townville, they soon start spotting old-fashioned objects, including The Big Cup Diner, a diner that sells a burger, fries and a soda float for just 20 cents. They realise they have gone back 40 years to the year 1959. As they figure out how to get back to the future, the local Sheriff Bukovski approaches them accusing them of being troublemakers, and says he will be keeping an eye on them.

They go bowling, and a gang called the Rockets enters the bowling alley. The leader Ricky accuses Bradley of stealing his girlfriend Shirelle and starts a fight with him. Sheriff Bukovski, who turns out to be Ricky's uncle, accuses S Club 7 of starting the fight and arrests Bradley, Jo, Paul, and Rachel. They are released the following morning and told they have until sunset to leave.

Returning to the diner, they meet the waiter Chuck Martindale, whom Hannah has a crush on, and his dad Hank, the owner of the diner. He reveals that since the feud between him and Ricky's dad Dicky started, Ricky and Dicky have attempted to put the diner out of business, including breaking the jukebox to jeopardise the upcoming jukebox night. S Club 7 save the night by performing, but afterwards, Hannah and Chuck are forced to say an emotional goodbye as S Club 7 leave, narrowly avoiding Sherriff Bukovski seeing them.

They drive all night and arrive back in Townville to see the diner boarded up. Chuck tells them it has been closed for weeks; S Club 7 realise they have moved 1 month into the future. The Rockets have been causing trouble, forcing Hank to consider selling the diner to Dicky. Finding Ricky at a garage preparing for a big race the next day, they challenge him to a race over their car and the deed to the diner. Later on, Chuck, having attempted to intervene in the argument, admits to Hannah his guilt for not doing enough to help S Club 7.

At the race, they find a newspaper in the car that is dated the next day, with an article predicting Chuck's death in the race. Hannah stops Chuck from driving in their place, revealing to him that they were sent from the future to avert his death and that he will go on to do great things in the future. Convinced by a kiss from Hannah, Chuck allows Rachel to drive as previously planned. The race is close with Ricky set to win, but his car engine fails and he ends up crashing into a bush, resulting in S Club 7 winning the race. As Hank and Dicky finally reconcile their differences, the Rockets despair at losing their "cool gang" status, but S Club 7 convince them to stay in town.

After holding an impromptu party for the townspeople, S Club 7 say their goodbyes, including a final kiss between Hannah and Chuck. They drive back through a wormhole to 1999 and see Ricky now as a middle-aged man and a mechanic, Chuck now being the town governor, and the diner renamed the Famous S Club 7 Diner.


S Club 7

  • Tina Barrett
  • Paul Cattermole
  • Jon Lee
  • Bradley McIntosh
  • Jo O'Meara
  • Hannah Spearritt
  • Rachel Stevens

Guest stars

  • Eamon Behrens
  • Paul Hayes
  • David Sawyer
  • Scott St. James
  • Palmer Scott
  • Chris Humphrey

Songs Featured

S Club 7

  • "S Club Party"
  • "Friday Night"
  • "Viva La Fiesta"
  • "You're My Number One"


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