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This structured reality series could be described as the real-life 'Glee' or 'Fame'. Based at the prestigious D&B Academy of Performing Arts in Kent, it follows the day-to-day lives of 18-25 year old students trying to make it in the world of show business.
Stage School explores pupil’s lives as they attend West End auditions and put on shows to make their dreams a reality. It follows the day-to-day stories of the students and includes big musical numbers, going from reality into performance and back into reality - a magical experience for viewers.
The series, which is currently being filmed across a 30 week period, premiered on 5th September 2016 and will air every night of the week at 7.30pm on E4.
It is targeted at an audience aged between 12 and 25.
"New series #StageSchool launched with 400k last night, making @E4 the most popular digital channel for 16-34s & 11-14s from 7.30-8pm" - Channel 4 Press, Twitter
"Wholly recommended viewing. 'Love the energy.'" - Sarah Carson, Radio Times
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It’s jazz hands at dawn as Donna and Bonnie welcome two new students, Rachael and former X-Factor contestant Casey, to Stage School.
Whilst everyone else seizes the opportunity to eye up the new competition, unlucky-in-love Durone jumps at the chance to take nervous newbie Rachael under his wing in an attempt to win her affections.
The girlband auditions get underway and Pia takes it upon herself to invite new boy, Casey, along to Daniella’s birthday party.
Rachael is finding it tough settling in to the girlband and soon clashes with fellow band member Megan.
Elsewhere, dance auditions begin for the college’s all-important Summer Showcase for which sharp-tongued student Josh has been appointed Assistant Director, much to the annoyance of his fellow classmates. Will he be able to win them round?
Casey’s girlfriend blogger and singer Betsy-Blue joins D&B and immediately ruffles a few feathers when she becomes jealous of Casey and Megan's friendship.
Meanwhile, Luke has a crush on a mysterious older woman and prepares a grand gesture to win her over - but in doing so is he risking his place at college?
Casey and Megan’s showcase rehearsals overrun, which upsets Betsy. Is the girlband at breaking point before it’s even started?
After a visit to her dentist, Angela has to pull out of her all-girl dance troupe’s lucrative Beyoncé-themed gig, and there’s only one person good enough to take her place – but she…is a he!
With Charlotte unexpectedly forced to leave the girlband, Megan and Rachael can’t agree on who should replace her: Megan is desperate to enlist best friend Pia, but Rachael would much prefer Betsy-Blue.
Meanwhile, as the students are asked to perform at a local fashion show, Pia and Josh send fur flying backstage when they plot an act of wardrobe sabotage.
Joe C has a novel idea to help Jamie prepare for a nude acting role, but does Jamie have the balls to go through with it?
Durone bites the bullet and asks Rachael out to a theatre show recommended to him by OJ, but things don’t quite turn out as expected.
Tensions come to a head when Josh and Casey’s attempt to clear the air backfires spectacularly.
Donna and Bonnie announce a viral video competition at college, which pits Mo against prank duo Joe C and Angela to see who gets control of the D&B social media account.
Pia’s puppet impersonations of the teachers cause trouble at a comedy showcase and Durone discovers the real reason behind Rachael’s swift exit from last night’s outing.
Rachael tells the girlband she's landed the job of a lifetime, leaving Betsy-Blue and Megan no choice but to perform their first gig as a duo.
Durone chases Rachael across town to tell her how he feels before she jets off on tour to Russia.
Daniella’s attempt to salvage Jamie and Cathy's rocky relationship becomes the double date from hell.
When Jamie spends the night at Angela’s, does this mean the end for his relationship with Cathy?
Betsy-Blue and Megan kick off their search for a third girl band member in the unlikeliest of places.
Luke enlists the help of Daniella to get his ‘posh' on for a casting call.
Mischievous Luke seizes his opportunity to sabotage Casey and Joe R’s West End audition and maximise his chances of getting the part himself.
Pia works her magic on newly single Jamie at Casey’s birthday party, even though she hasn’t officially been invited…
Leah and OJ put their romance aside to go head-to-head in a dance casting for top Creative Director Lyndon Lloyd.
Meanwhile Angela auditions for a music video and Josh takes a shine to the hunky producer. For all Josh’s bravado, can he pluck up the courage to ask him out?
In the run-up to the showcase, Nikki announces a duet competition, but not everyone is happy with their pairings.
At an open mic gig, Josh and Betsy-Blue bump into hot singer-songwriter Alex.
Pia turns up the heat on her chemistry with Jamie on a night out.
Betsy-Blue teams up with Alex to work on some new material in a recording studio, but are his intentions purely professional?
OJ wants to introduce Leah to his friends and family the night before her big video shoot, but she has a crucial shoot the next day and is torn between her big break and her love life.
After spotting Jamie hang out with supposed ex Cathy, does Pia have second thoughts about her feelings for Jamie?
Alex arranges a camping trip with Betsy-Blue and Megan, but Casey is far from happy when he finds out. Can their relationship survive Alex’s arrival?
Auditions for the prestigious showcase get underway and OJ pens a special rap to express his feelings to Leah.
Casey is on the warpath after D&B’s resident gossip king, Neville, posts an incriminating video online.
Meanwhile, OJ makes a grand gesture to win back the girl of his dreams and Jamie has a shock announcement for Bonnie and Donna.
After her rejection at the hands of OJ, Leah moves on and lands herself a new man at Pia’s BBQ.
Casey gets some life changing career news, and Donna and Bonnie announce who’s clinched the lead roles for the end-of-year showcase. But will the winners be able to juggle their existing gigs and the showcase?
After landing his dream job in Union J, Casey struggles to juggle his schoolwork with his band rehearsals, forcing Betsy-Blue to make a big decision.
Luciee returns to D&B from her tour, and OJ comes face-to-face with ex Pia and new flame Leah.
It’s the day of the showcase and Betsy-Blue’s attempt to cheer up Megan backfires disastrously.
Miles away from the theatre, Luke and Durone get lost in London just hours before they’re due on stage, and Casey and Alex come to blows over Betsy-Blue.
Back from her international tour, Rachael is shocked to learn that she has been outed from the girlband.
Luciee enlists the help of D&B’s top hunks for a friend’s party, and Josh needs a plus one for the single launch of the music producer who rejected him.
Donna and Bonnie discover there’s a secret fast-food binger within their school, but who will own up to it?
Megan, Betsy-Blue and Rachael audition for a new horror film, while Pia, Leah and Luciee try to overcome their romantic troubles with a girls-only day out.
In order to earn some extra cash, Josh and Durone join forces to give a unusual guided tour of London.
Joe C helps Rachael improve her dancing skills, and Jordi takes Leah to a live karaoke night for their first date.
Rachael pays Joe’s favour forward and helps Leah prepare a song for an open mic night arranged by Jordi.
Since the showcase, Mo has been bombarded with offers from agents, but can he bring himself to part ways with D&B, who’ve repped him since childhood?
Joe C lands himself a major dance gig and decides to invite his estranged father, while Dan prepares to ask his crush out on a date.
Luke announces a Battle of the Bands competition, and old X Factor enemies Casey and Jordi bump into each other in the D&B corridors.
Pia and Leah go ape on a zipwiring double date with Mike and Jordi.
Elsewhere, Betsy-Blue and Luciee start rehearsals for their Battle of the Bands performances, but Assistant Director Josh decides to spice up the rivalry a little…
The Battle of the Bands kicks off while Leah heads off on holiday, an absence Pia uses to her advantage.
Romance is in the country air when Dan invites Megan to his farm, and Durone finally seals the deal with Hattie.
The girls battle it out for a movie role and Leah returns from her holiday to some shocking news.
Durone introduces Hattie to his schoolmates before a big West End audition.
Leah and Pia come to blows over two-timer Jordi in their dance class, while Joe R and Luke take their slapstick practice a little too far.
Meanwhile, Rachael inadvertently lands herself in the middle of Durone and Hattie’s new relationship.
Josh braces himself for a huge West End musical audition, while Dan gets suited and booted for his second date with Megan.
Elsewhere, Pia’s attempt to get her money’s worth from a free spray tan doesn’t quite go to plan…
The students take to the stage to impress Casey and Josh with the hope of landing the coveted Prom King & Queen title.
Elsewhere, Pia fights off the boys who all want to be her prom date and Durone is preparing for a career defining audition.
It’s the day of the annual D&B prom and Josh’s small act of mischief causes some serious trouble among his fellow students.
Durone heads off to a huge West End audition - could this be the break of a lifetime?
- Series Title : Stage School - Series 1
- Format : 30 x 30'
- Production company : Knickerbockerglory
- Year of production : 2016
- Commissioning channels : E4
- Availability : 12/09/2016