is a sitcom
devised by Juliet Denison
. It follows the lives of teenagers Taj, Danny and Seymour. The programme revolves around Taj's website, Rudeboy, and his money-making schemes. The fictional Rudeboy website sells ringtones, computer games, concert tickets and other merchandise and is central to the plot of the programme. The title of the show comes from Taj, Danny and Seymor's catchphrase "Kerching!", used when they make money through their business schemes.
Taj Lewis owns Rudeboy, a website he created to make £1,000,000 for his widowed mother. Danny loves Kareesha and is always trying to ask her out but she is not interested in him at all. Seymour's parents are divorced; he goes to football matches with his dad but is afraid to tell his dad that he hates football. Danny's dad runs a stall in the market.
Taj's rival is Ricardo Murray, Ricardo's girlfriend is Tamsin, Taj wants Tamsin to be his girlfriend but never quite manages to ask her out. Missy is Taj's sister and she works at the Chill out Grill with Kareesha ("Sha") Lopez, her friend. Their lives revolve around boyfriends and shopping and they come to work mainly to have a good chat. Their boss is Carlton. Carlton is very tight with money and often complains that Missy and Kareesha don't work hard enough at the Chill. Ricardo's Dad (Mr. Mike Murray) runs the Record Shop (Murray's Hip City). When it looks like the Chill will be sold, Rudeboy buys a half share in it so that Carlton can carry on running it.
Instead of Tamsin it's Alex and she is very independent and prefers to do everything on her own. Alex always has different hairstyles with different colours in her hair. Both Ricardo and Taj want Alex to be their girlfriend. She says no to Ricardo straight away but she knows she likes Taj. Alex finds out about Taj being Rudeboy before he tells her and so she finishes their relationship. And the end of this series we see her talking to a dog about her situation, and in the end she decides to give it one more shot with Taj after the dog agrees she should.
At the beginning of this series Alex and Taj fake a split because they are fed up with being left out all the time. Omar starts secondary school and, to start with at least, finds it very big and a bit scary. Michael starts talent scouting for his business, Dudeboy. He finds a young girl named Stacey Martin. He loves her voice and talents, but isn't much keen on her boyfriend, fishing-fanatic Robbie. Ricardo wins a 'search for a band contest' and becomes a member of '20-20' a new boy group. He is in a sticky situation when he is dropped from the band and his mum wants him to live with her in Italy but his dad wants him to live with him in Manchester. In the second to last episode in this series Taj, Danny and Seymour look back on all the fun, sadness and frustrating times the spent together after Taj reveals he is ending RudeBoy. But, Taj has an idea whilst at the Chill Out Grill thanks to Danny's hand-made junior partner cards he made. The last episode shows that his great idea was to make designer RudeBoy clothes and earn the 1 million pounds he has waited for! Missy flies back from L.A when she hears Taj is presenting their mum with the 1 million pound cheque but not all goes to plan. Danny and Seymour find out about Alex and Taj not really splitting up and Danny gets mad with Taj though they make up later. Everything is looking down but bright spirits are held when Taj realises he hasn't done quite enough. He decides Rudeboy will be going global and the series ends with one last KERCHING!
The BBC announced on Saturday 11 January 2006
that a new series was coming soon. On Monday 13 February
2006, the first episode of the new series was shown. Jo (Taj's mum) falls in love with Seymour's dad Des and get engaged to each other to the shock of Taj , Omar , Seymour and Danny. Taj is against the marriage while Seymour is more sympathetic. On the wedding day Jo is hesitant and does not think she is ready for marriage again and so the Wedding was postponed. The series concluded on Friday 24 February
with the final episode in which Taj finally makes his million. Presumably, this will be the last episode though the events that Omar goes through during the fourth series gives the impression that a spin-off series will take place with Omar and his friends as the main characters. This is unconfirmed but rumoured on the internet though nothing of such has been confirmed by the BBC as of July 2008.
Tajan "Taj" Lewis
Played by Devon Anderson
, his alias is Rudeboy, an internet businessman who is well known among kids everywhere. Taj wants to keep his identity secret until he has made £1
,000,000 for his Mum, following his father's death. Taj has made Danny and Seymour junior associates of Rudeboy, at 1½% of the profits. Taj was also secretly dating Alex until they split near the beginning of the 4th series. Then at the end of the 4th series it seemed there was a slight spark between them.
Played by Tendayi Jembere
, one of Taj's best friends, Seymour enjoys insulting other friend Danny using everyday objects such as "you pushchair", "Danny - you bin-liner" and "you glovepuppet", but his main passion in life is cooking and was heartbroken when he got an A in cooking, as he is used to getting A*'s. There are hints that he may love Jasmin. His hero is Ainsley Harriott
Played by Jamie Sweeney
, Danny is Taj's other best friend and also the least clever of the three. Danny has been occasionally seen pining for Taj's mum, helped along mostly by Taj's mum using it to persuade Danny to do chores for her. Danny loves Kareesha more than anything, and seems to think that she has the same feelings for him, although he dumped her in series four and dated a girl called Ruby.
Played by Judy Browne, Josephine "Jo" Lewis is Taj, Missy and Omar's mum. Unknown to her, she is the reason that Taj started Rudeboy, as he wanted to make £1,000,000 for her. She is a nurse. In the third series, she meets Seymour's dad, and starts dating him. In the fourth series, she accepts a marriage proposal from Seymour's dad, and nearly marries him, but decides to give it more time just when they are at the altar. In the final episode of series four, she is shocked when she discovers that her son is Rudeboy. She eventually decides to spend the money.
Played by Tanya Vital, Jazmin is a waitress at local diner, The Chill Out Grill, and moved in with Taj's family. She works with Kareesha as Missy's replacement. Carlton is her uncle who doesn't find it hard to give her an excuse to take a lunch break (on the contrary for Kareesha). She believes in enjoying herself and doing lots of shopping. At first her and Kareesha don't get on but after Kareesha finds out about Jazmin being Carlton's niece she forgives her and they get on really well.
Played by Velile Tshabalala
, Kareesha is a waitress at local diner, The Chill Out Grill. She enjoys nothing more than going on a shopping-spree and is extremely work shy. Danny has a crush on Kareesha, and refers to her as "Kareesha-sha-sha-sha". Kareesha's best friend is Missy, Taj's sister, who is currently in Los Angeles
trying to make a movie career. Kareesha's mum makes a brief appearance in one episode. She is portrayed as a mad party girl, distracting Josephine Lewis from her studies, until Jazmin intervenes.
Played by Tisha Martin
, Missy Lewis is Taj's sister, and she left her job as a waitress at The Chill Out Grill to pursue an acting career in Los Angeles. She likes shopping, partying and boys.
Played by Joe Fox, Michael is Taj's rival. He styles himself as Dudeboy, a spoof of Rudeboy. Michael's father bought Ricardo's father's record shop. During the third series he is an equal to Taj, has a good head for business, is fair and is kind. During the fourth, he takes over Ricardo's role; portraying a dim-witted idiot, who fancies Alex. The abrupt change in his character is notable, when he is forced to dress up in a Bunny costume, and is beaten up by a bunch of year seven's at his school. He tries to get his father to notice him, but is unloved by his father.
Played by Elspeth Rae
(Elspeth Katharine Rae), Alex is a good organiser and listener. Taj, Ricardo and Michael all fancy her, but she was Taj's secret girlfriend until near the beginning of the fourth series. They pretended to split in series three because Alex was fed up of being left out of Kareesha and Jasmin's plans and parties. She also can be annoyed at Taj for spending too much time on his laptop or mobile phone keeping Rudeboy in order.
Played by Jaeden Burke, Omar Lewis is Missy and Taj's younger brother, and during the third and fourth series develops a definite character, and is usually the main character in the sub-plots. In the first and second series, he is usually in a judo
suit, and seems to like judo, karate
, a TV programme called Squirrel Wizard
. At the end of the third series, upon entering Taj's room, he sees brand new Rudeboy gear in his drawer, and realises Taj is Rudeboy.
Played by Danny Young, Ricardo Murray was Taj's rival but the pair made up when he left. Ricardo believes he is "God's gift to women" and in winning a "Search For A Band" competition, became the 40th member of band 20-20, before he was dropped from the group and left to live with his mother in Italy. Ricardo is portrayed as a complete idiot, who is the opposite of Taj, Alex and Tamsin, and after Danny, he is the most slapstick character in the show (for example, being squirted by mustard during one episode). In the first and second series, he and his dad ran a music shop and in series two Taj, Omar, Missy and Ricardo thought that Taj's mum was going out with Ricardo's dad.
Played by Curtis Walker, Carlton is the owner of The Chill Out Grill. He is never seen on screen. Only his voice can be heard in loudspeakers in the Chill Out Grill. Who Carlton really is or what he looks like is very mysterious, but various characters have mentioned seeing him (for example, Omar refers to seeing Carlton running around in Scooby-Doo pyjamas when The Chill catches fire.). Carlton is described as a miser - to the extent that he waters down the ketchup - and rarely does something that does not benefit him. Jazmin is his niece, and because of this, he is constantly making jokes about Missy, Kareesha or Jazmin. Missy and Kareesha always call him a "tightwad."
Played by Hannah Tointon
, in series one, Tamsin is portrayed as Ricardo Murray's girlfriend but Taj Lewis has a secret crush on her. She usually dumps Ricardo for such reasons that she will not wear fur and that he does not spend enough time with the elderly.
Patrick Fitzgerald Spooner
Patrick is one of Omar's friends and is the brother of Danny Spooner, although unlike Danny, he is very intelligent. In Series 4 Omar and Leon get Patrick to be a "Homework Doctor", where he did other people's homework for a fee. He first appeared in the episode "Child's Play", the second episode of Series 4.
Leon is Patrick and Omar's friend. While Omar is the leader of his gang, Leon often takes over. He is shown as being rather sneaky and greedy. He is the most annoying of Josephine's guests.