Renford Rejects title card (later series)
|Theme music composer||Nicky Wire|
|Country of origin||United Kingdom|
|No. of series||4|
|No. of episodes||52 (List of episodes)|
|Camera setup||Single camera|
|Running time||22-26 minutes approx.|
|Original run||23 February 1998 – 28 March 2001|
The show concerned a five-a-side school football team, made up of aspiring players who had been turned down by their school's main team. They were named "Renford Rejects" when a rival player sabotaged their league entry form, but decided to stick with the name as it suited their "outcast" nature.
The regular cast, as is often the case with teen sitcoms, went through a number of changes as its four series went by; however, characters who remained throughout the run included :
In the first two series, the team were coached by Stewart Jackson (Matthew Leitch), an upper-class older boy who had been the school team's star player until an injury (caused by Terry Stoker) prevented him from playing. By the third series, however, he had recovered from his injury and joined as a player. He left in the 40th episode. He often wears Chelsea FC shirts.
For the first two series, Ronnie Supra (Adam Dean) was the fifth player. He was recognisable as always wearing the latest fashions, always combing his hair on the pitch during games and being the son of the sponsor for the team's strips - his father's firm 'Supra Drain', in which was said that Ronnie would someday work. After series two, Ronnie left the Rejects to start his own Agency, and would appear in one episode of series three to help the Rejects when their local pitch was under threat of having houses built on it.
In series four, Stewart was replaced by Dennis Quayle (Mohammed George), who became the player/manager, and who successfully trained the Rejects to qualify for the European Beach Football Championships.
During each of the series, the rejects had a girl playing for their team. The first, was Robin Walker (played by Holly Davidson), who was also by far the team's most skilful player, but joined the Rejects due to not being allowed to play for the school team. Davidson left to further her acting career at the end of the first series (Robin was written out by leaving the Rejects to play for the Chelsea ladies' team), and her replacement Sue White (Lucy Punch). However, her lack of footballing ability was more in keeping with the rest of the Rejects team, as was that of her own replacement Mia Smith (Megan Bertie), who outlasted her predecessors by staying for the third and fourth series.
Also appearing was Natasha Dilleyston (she appeared in "Ben in tights"). She played Ben's "love interest" Justine. Justine encouraged Ben to learn ballet and was his poetic muse.
A number of famous guest stars from the world of football appeared as themselves throughout the course of the series. These included Ian Rush, Gianfranco Zola, Martin Keown, Shaka Hislop, Roberto Di Matteo,John Terry,
Kasey Keller, Harry Redknapp, Jim Rosenthal, Bob Wilson, Stan Bowles and various members of England's 1966 World Cup-winning team.