Detention delight for young actor

Tom Rolinson from Thornton is set to star in a Cbeebies programme called The 4 O' Clock Club.

Tom Rolinson from Thornton is set to star in a Cbeebies programme called The 4 O' Clock Club.

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SCHOOL detentions have never been so much fun according to this Thornton schoolboy.

On Friday, Tom Rolinson made his first appearance in new CBBC series the 4 O’Clock Club.

The teenager, who is a pupil at Cardinal Allen High School in Fleetwood, won the role in the 13-part drama after beating off stiff competition from more than 900 hopefuls.

But, despite five gruelling rounds of auditions and 13 weeks of filming in Bolton this summer, the hard work has all been worth it according to Tom.

He said: “Getting to see myself on television has been brilliant, we were invited to a screening of the programme in Manchester, but seeing yourself on your own TV is great.

“The filming has been a brilliant experience, I’ve made some really good friends and learned a lot.

“I’m just keeping my fingers crossed the series is a success so we get to make another. I hope I can make a career out of acting.”

A strong rap theme runs through the series which features brothers, Nathan and Josh Carter.

Nathan is a teacher and Josh is a pupil at the same school and both have dreams of becoming a rapper. But Nathan has already struggled to succeed in the industry and knows only too well the pitfalls that lie ahead.

Nathan is determined to try to stop his young brother from making the same mistakes he did. This sets the siblings on a collision course which often takes place in the school detention room, The 4 O’Clock Club.

Tom plays a close friend of younger brother Josh and is also a regular visitor to the club.

The teenager is a member of Scream Management Company, which has a theatre school in Layton.

He recently appeared in an ITV series called Little Crackers and has also done adverts in recent years.