Comedy drama. Rookie teacher Nathan Carter starts his first day working at his former school, and takes charge of the after-school detention class.
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Why are you always causing trouble?
Deal with it, melon brain. Students and teachers are natural enemies. Like cats and dogs.
Cat and dogs? Well, judging by your breath, I'm guessing you're the dog.
I'd rather be a dog than a cat. Here comes another hairball!
Someone's been licking their butt!
Hey! Where are you going? Class isn't over!
Teach my dust, bog-donkey.
'You can't escape, Josh. Everywhere you turn - I'm going to be there.
'I'm watching you, Josh!'
As I was saying...
# Where do you go when you know nobody can understand you?
# When it's just too much to handle
# What do you do when you end up somewhere you never planned to?
# Wash that stress out like it was shampoo
# You should stay It can change
# There's good days and bad days
# But one day down in line This time be sure to stop
# So the only time is now - 4 o'clock! 4 o'clock! #
ALARM CLOCK RINGS
-You all right, Bruv?
-No, I'm living a nightmare.
Why did you have to get a job at my school, Nathan?
You'd better get used to it.
Didn't you get your fill when you were at Hell-msbury?
Well, times change, Bruv.
You're telling me.
It's a new day! New start, new scene
I guess I better match it with a whole new me
I know though, I'm the same dude in the photo
Little so and so But today, that's a no-no
Can it be ten years since the baggy jeans?
Nathan Carter - also known as Natty C
Man, that must have been a week before I dropped out
Remember telling my mum Her eyes popped out
She was like, "Why'd you have to go that far?"
Told her I don't need school I'm a rap star!
Ha! The funny thing is I nearly was
For a minute I was really hot!
Now I'm really not
But when you think about it - if I'm gonna teach, it's the kids like me that I wanna reach
Who'd have thought this is how I'd spend my days? I guess life's strange
Guess times change
Times change but the heart, man That's what remains
Times change. You were cool Now you're proper lame
Times change. Natty C? Now I've dropped the name
Clipboard, notepad? Nah, it's not the same
Times change, man You were like my hero
Now you might be like my head of year, bro!
Gave up on your dream, yo That's bad news
Now you wear slacks What are these? Tap shoes?
And who the heck sells those jackets?
Ah, Nathan! Elbow patches?
I'm wrong about a lotta stuff But I know one right thing
I'll never be like him
I reckon I could be the rapper that he never was
And I know my demo's better than his demo was
Two stories - one glory, one tragedy
I guess there's only one legend in the family.
-I'm so proud of both my boys.
But get into trouble, and you are both out on the streets.
J, it's only round the corner, mate.
I am not letting people see me in this four-wheeled dung heap.
Whatever! Oh, you definitely didn't see my shoes this morning?
Why would I have seen your shoes?
You need a lift home tonight?
-Nah, I've got something important to do after school. Laters.
Bye! Love you loads!
Long time no see.
Hey. Hey! Stop that! Break it up.
Break it up! Come on, break that up!
Better. Thank you.
Nice trainers, by the way.
You too, man.
Hey, Josh! Hey, Josh!
-Watch where you're going.
-Sorry. Didn't see you there, Molly.
Hiding in the hedge. Right, see you around.
-What is that?!
-Left a pair of wet pants in there at the end of term.
You know, to deter thieves.
All right, mate.
All set for tonight's showcase?
Yeah, check out this, bad boy.
That's not going to get you signed to B-Mode's label.
What's...What's wrong with it?
What's right with it?
Ryan, you of all people know you don't judge a book by its cover.
Oh, yeah? Actually, my mum says I look like a young Johnny Depp.
Yeah, if he'd been born face-first into a minger machine.
Look, B-Mode probably gets demos all the time.
You need yours to stand out.
Yeah, which is why I was going
to make a cover for it in ICT, obviously.
You don't have ICT on Monday.
So, we're going to sneak into the ICT room in first break.
We're not allowed in school during break. We'll get caught.
You are such a baby, Ryan. No wonder you have to wear a nappy.
Is that teacher waving at us?
He looks a bit like your brother, mate.
His brother is a rapper, you spoon.
I wasn't saying it is his brother, Ash. I mean, clearly, it isn't.
Imagine having a brother as a teacher. That'd be embarrassing.
Yeah. Well embarrassing.
Meet me in the ICT corridor in first break, yeah.
Where are you going?
Somewhere. I've got to go to take a leak.
-Don't touch it.
Who's squatted on your chips?
School rules - you don't wave at me, smile at me, look at me.
-We solid on that?
-Chill your beans, Bruv.
And no calling me "Bruv" neither. People can't know we're brothers.
OK, I promise not to embarrass you more than two or three times a day.
Aaah! All right, all right. I'll stay out of the Josh Zone.
Make sure you do, cos I know where mum keeps your baby photos,
and you don't want those getting in the wrong hands...
Hi. Nathan. I start today.
Ah... I heard about you. You're the hip hopperer turned teacher.
Rapper. Slight difference.
All noise to me. All that swearing and "huh-huh"-ing and banging.
Sounds like someone going berserk inside a bin.
Well, it's been years since I rapped, you know.
I used to be a student here before all that.
Actually, thought I'd see a few more familiar faces.
Few people stay very long at Elmsbury.
Yes, Mr Carter, I remember you.
I know I wasn't always the best-behaved pupil, sir.
With all respect, that's putting it mildly. I have your records here.
You bought my albums? I didn't have you down as a rap fan.
But a teacher, eh? I'd never have predicted that. Quite a journey.
Well, you know, I really want to make a difference.
I've heard that before.
A new teacher who felt they could shake things up.
Inspire the students...
I wish you the best of luck.
Is there anything like extra I could maybe help out with?
We do need somebody to supervise what I believe
the students refer to as "The 4 O'Clock Club".
"The 4 O'Clock Club"?
Yeah, man, that sounds perfect.
Yes, I'm sure you'll feel right at home.
Oh, I couldn't find my shoes this morning.
It was either these or flip flops.
-You wanted to see me?
Mr Carter, Miss Melanie Poppy, our music teacher.
Hi. I'm Nathan.
Would you be so kind as to show our new English teacher around?
The school has changed since his day.
Yeah, no probs. Nice trainers, by the way.
SCHOOL BELL RINGS
Where is he?
-What's she doing here?
-Do I make you nervous, Ryan?
Check this out.
It's a little face... "You're my best friend." Ha!
You were born on this planet, right?
Let's get this done.
Quick! Before Andress gets here.
Come on, Ash!
Behold - another stairwell. Try to contain your excitement.
I never used to be able to reach these door frames.
Yeah, we had them lowered.
The old art room. It's mainly used for storage now.
We tend to keep the door shut to stop the rats from escaping.
So what were you like in school?
Me? Oh, you know. Just...average.
You know, I just kept my head down.
Were you one of the bad kids?
-I'll take that as a yes.
-Bad kid is just a label, isn't it?
I mean, nobody actually listens to the "bad kids".
Yeah, well, Elmsbury's had more than its fair share of them.
Some of this graffiti goes back years.
I wonder what "NC" is up to these days...?
Can we trust Dick and Dom to keep lookout?
They can spot Andress from a mile away.
Don't underestimate the boys. They're sharper than they look.
And me... I'm just plain sharp.
Yeah, real sharp.
Phew! We got away with that one.
You there! Stop what you're doing, and turn around.
-I knew it!
-You are not supposed to be in here at break!
-I said we'd get caught! Typical!
-I don't think she saw our faces.
Get in here!
-Well, this is cosy.
-Nice going, Carter.
I got an itch. Can you reach my back?
Oh! I got these boots for Christmas, you plank.
They're soaked in loo juice thanks to you.
-Shh! Be quiet.
-Oh, ouch! Oh!
Is everything all right in there?
Miss Andress. You're looking well. Are those new tights? He-he...
My parents are going to kill me.
Your parents won't know you've got a det.
You're officially at B-Mode's signing, remember?
But if we've got a detention,
you're going to miss your chance to give him your demo.
SCHOOL BELL RINGS
Hello, everyone. My name is Mr Carter. Oh, hey.
I was just about to tell everyone that Mr Byron's put me
in charge of the 4 O'Clock Club.
And you agreed to do it? In your first week?
Well, you know, I really want to get involved.
You know this is the after-school activities club?
Yeah, is that not what the 4 O'Clock Club is?
Ha-ha... Not exactly.
So what's... what's the 4 O'Clock Club?
ALL: Go! Go! Go! Go!
Hey! Break it up! Break it up! Come on!
I know you don't want to be here,
-but fighting is not going to make it better.
-It was his fault.
Would you like to know who started the fight, sir?
Oh, no. That's...that's fine, thanks.
-I'll be happy to provide names.
-It's OK. Thank you, Agness.
-I'm here if you need me.
-What are you saying? He doesn't need me?
Why would he need you, you massive cake-hole?
That's Zoe-Marie, sir. You'd best keep your eye on her.
Oh, whatever! You'd best keep your eye on you, Ug-ness.
Hey, enough with the insults, all right?
ALL: Go! Go! Go! Go!
Stop! Josh, what are you doing in detention?
How do you even know my name? I've never seen you before.
OK, enough of this. Listen, listen up, everybody.
-All right, yes, I am a teacher, but I am also...
-No, no, no!
No, they need to know. I'm also Josh's big brother, OK?
Big deal, right? Big deal. It doesn't matter.
I told you that!
Well, so now that that's out in the open, you'll see
that having a brother for a teacher has its certain benefits...
-I don't think so.
-Bruv, come on, this is important.
There's somewhere I need to be.
And if you don't let me go right now,
you'll be responsible for my entire life failing.
-Stop worming your way out of flipping detention, worm-features.
Ey, you, I saw that!
I know detention is a cuss, all right?
But, right now, all of you need to sit down and relax, OK? All of you.
Right? All of us!
Hey, Josh, Why did you lie to us about him being a rapper?
-He was a rapper.
-Liar, liar, bra on fire.
-I'm not a liar, Ryan!
-Josh, sit down!
-I think you are.
-I'm not a liar!
-I'm not a liar!
ALL: Go! Go! Go! Go!
Stop! Guys, stop! Keep it down. I don't want to hear you!
All right, stop it! Enough!
ALL: Go! Go! Go! Go!
Whoa! I guess you're teacher material after all, Bruv.
When's it gonna stop? It's just so wrong
Gotta sit here so long 'till I rot
All I wanna do is hop along to the shop
Let B-Mode hear my song
But I'm not able to move It's like I stapled my shoes
It's hard to believe that Nathan, the dude?
Who could imprison me? See, this kid gotta leave
Gotta fly, gotta splurt Gotta bounce, gotta breeze!
But how? Wanna get my butt out the door right now
Maybe I claim that I'm ill like "Ow!"
Maybe I faint and I fall right down
Hit the fire alarm or dig a little tunnel going right through the floor
Calm down, Josh, now you're getting desperate
I need the exit!
What am I tryina do here?
What point am I really tryina prove here?
Misbehave and this is how you pay?
Sit in silence 'till you change your ways?
It was like this back in the day
So me doing this is a slap in the face
cos I hated that like they hate this
I need to react and take a risk
Or I'm just like all the rest
Look at these kids
They're bored to death And it's my fault
I wonder why they don't like school
They resent me, I see it in their eyeballs
I was worse than half these dudes
Now I'm telling them they can't be rude?
Well, I ain't gonna be a hypocrite
So this ends right now Man, I'm sick of it.
We're going for a walk.
All right, what do you lot think of when you look at this wall?
I think it's in my way.
I think graffiti is wrong, sir.
You know, my parents say it's the Devil's art.
OK, anyone else?
It makes for a good photo.
Where did you get a camera from anyway?
-The Camera Fairy left it under my pillow.
-Be quiet and listen, you two.
Pipe off, spine-face.
-Why are you showing us this, sir?
-NC. Who's been called that?
But you're a teacher, sir.
Yeah, and before that I was at Elmsbury.
And I wasn't always head boy material.
See? I told you he used to be cool.
Before he turned into this... thing.
Yeah, I broke windows. Answered back to teachers.
I carved my name into a wall cos it was the only way
I felt I could make my mark. I was frustrated.
And that's what I'm sensing from you lot.
I think deep down, maybe... we are the same.
Am I right or what?
So instead of the school always telling you what you do wrong,
I want you to tell me what you think the school could do better.
-School could let me go home.
-That's not going to happen.
-Less homework, yeah.
-More interesting lessons.
ALL: Photography lessons! Pancake festival!
School disco! Water slides!
Monkey day! A day where everybody brings a monkey into school!
-Any serious suggestions?
-That was serious.
Well, the detention room could be a bit better.
We can do something about that.
It's a bit run down.
Well, you know, maybe we can clear it up a bit. Make it your space.
Somewhere that reflects who you are.
Yeah, we could put some of our own art on the walls, sir.
That is a good idea.
I'll tell you what, let's clear it up a bit, and get painting!
What is this - primary school?
Mate, come on. Please.
Fine, fine. I'll paint something lovely for your wall.
Oooh, I can't wait(!)
-Can I paint a cow, sir?
-If you want, Ash.
-Am I allowed to paint its udders?
-Paint whatever you like.
-Really, though? Can I paint its udders?
-This is your time.
It's about what you want to do.
Yeah, unless what you want to do is leave detention.
Hey, everybody, thanks for doing this.
So can we all take out some paper, and start drawing.
You know what? I'm going to get Mr Byron down here.
I think he might be interested in how this is going down.
So...keep it going.
You heard the man. He wants to see something on the walls.
Whatever WE want to do...
-Did you call me Bogoff?
-I've heard that before. What does it mean?
When I was here, at school,
some of us used to - some of the other kids - used to call you it.
Bogoff! You know, cos... it's like...Byron sounds like
"Buy One Get One Free".
You know, it's just like the... a supermarket deal.
You know, with the special offers...
There's something I really want to show you, sir.
Um... I hope you don't mind, but I've switched the detention rooms.
-Why don't you tell me about it tomorrow?
No, see, the thing is... Oh!
It's... I remember what it's like to be in detention.
Yeah, and some of these kids, they just want someone to listen to them.
And I...I think I might have actually got through.
THEY ALL SPEAK AND LAUGH
It's got udders!
What have you done?
You said we could paint whatever we wanted on the walls.
Not literally...I meant on paper.
Oh... Oh, no! Perhaps you should've explained it better.
That's going in the collection.
If you are going to engage the pupils, Mr Carter,
please refrain from doing it in a way
which encourages damage to the school.
-Yes, sir. Sorry, sir.
-Get it removed.
You lot might as well go.
-Oh, come on!
You're staying here and helping me paint over that thing.
That thing was nothing in comparison to what you used to do.
-I was a bad example!
-You were cool.
-I wanted to be like you.
Oh, that's Josh's demo CD.
B-Mode's playing a showcase gig, at a shop in town.
I wanted to give that to him.
Why didn't you tell me you wanted to be a rapper?
Cos I knew you've turned your back on all that stuff.
Josh. Maybe I was a bit harsh.
Just cos the rap thing didn't work out for me,
it doesn't mean it won't work for you.
Too bad, it's too late.
Not if I give you a lift in my four-wheeled dung heap.
-Who are you waiting for?
-We're too late.
-It's over, mate.
Josh, I'm sorry, man.
There'll be other opportunities.
CAR ENGINE STARTS
That's him! That's B-Mode!
What do you want me to sign?
What's up, B?
Natty? Nathan? Is that you?
You guys know each other?
Well, I haven't seen you since I supported you at the Academy.
I'm a teacher now, man.
Respect, man. It's a tough gig, man. Tough gig.
You don't know the half, man. You know, it's a good challenge for me.
Still, keeping it real though.
Oh, B, this is my brother, Josh. He's got something for you.
It's my demo.
You know, it's not great. Listen to it in your own time.
You know, scratch that, no. It is great. It'll blow your mind!
That's the spirit, man.
I'll tell you what, why don't we all listen to it together?
Wait. Maybe, maybe that's not such a good idea.
Hop aboard the B-bus.
Guys, come on. Guys, wait. Wait, guys. Come on, man.
Come on, Josh, get in!
Shouldn't we be getting back to painting over that wall?
What is wrong with you?
Yeah, hello? We're in B-Mode's limo. With B-Mode.
Boys, fire it up.
This goes out to my brother Nathan
He's a wasteman!
Let me cut to the chase man
Still scared of anything that our mum says
Still sleeps on the top of a bunk bed
With a Spiderman duvet
Used to wear days-of-the-week pants till he lost Tuesday
And this ain't the past, this is last Tuesday!
He's the most embarrassing brother in the UK
Wears well old jackets with elbow patches
When he tries to act cool, man, it's just so classic
Used to be a party guy...
-Don't look so worried, Bruv. You've got real talent.
-You mean that?
Yeah. The flow is tight, the beat is decent. This is good stuff.
But you know you're in detention for insulting a teacher...
# Yo! Look at my big bro Reckon he's the man? No, I don't think so!
# Wanna explain something to him? Say it sloooooooooow. #
-# Can't live with them
-And you can't kick them out
# When they're up They rub it in your face
-# Kick you when you're down
-When no one understands them
-# You know what they're on about
-It was gonna be your round
# Gotta find a common ground
# If you know so much about me
# Where do you I go from here?
# If you see them every day
# You can never get away
# Only time that you're the boss - 4 o'clock! #
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Rookie teacher Nathan Carter starts his first day back at Elmsbury High School, where he was once - well - not the best kid in the class. Nathan is on a mission. He wants to connect with all the kids who have problems and who he thinks he understands because he used to be one of them.
He takes charge of the euphemistically named 4 O'Clock Club. It's really the detention class, and to his surprise he discovers that the king of the club is his 13-year-old brother Josh. Josh is in denial that this uncool, elbow-patched, fresh-faced teacher is his brother. He has told all the other 4 o'clock clubbers that his brother Natty C is a famous rapper.