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Channel 5 Star.svg
Launched 15 October 2006 (2006-10-15)
Owned by Northern & Shell
Picture format 576i (SDTV 16:9, 4:3)
Audience share 0.5% (July 2014 (2014-07), BARB)
Country United Kingdom
Formerly called Five.2 (working title)
Five Life (2006–2008)
Fiver (2008–2011)
Sister channel(s) Channel 5
Website Channel5.com/5star
Freeview Channel 30
Freesat Channel 131
Sky (UK only) Channel 176
Astra 2F 10964 H 22000 5/6
Virgin Media Channel 151
Smallworld Cable Channel 145
WightFibre Channel 15
Streaming media
TVCatchup Watch live (UK only)
Virgin TV Anywhere Watch live (UK only)

5* (pronounced "five star") is a television channel in the United Kingdom owned by Northern & Shell. The channel was launched as "Five Life" on 15 October 2006, and was rebranded as "Fiver" on 28 April 2008, and "5*" on 7 March 2011. The channel is available on digital television via Freesat, Freeview, Sky, and Virgin Media It was originally launched alongside 5USA by Channel 5, in order to create a multi-channel strategy, which all other analogue broadcasters had already achieved. 5* broadcasts between 13:00 and 00:00. 5* is a sister channel of Channel 5 and 5USA.[1][2]


Five Life (2006–2008)[edit]

Five Life was originally intended to be a female-oriented channel with an emphasis on lifestyle programming. Channel 5 announced that programming on Five Life included The Ellen DeGeneres Show, Love My Way, Windfall and Angela's Eyes, as well as a weekday double-bill of the chat show Trisha Goddard and new episodes and a weekly omnibus of Home and Away. Repeats of teenage drama Dawson's Creek started showing in December 2006.[3][4]

The first programme broadcast on Five Life was Inside the Priory, a documentary about The Priory clinic, at 8pm. The launch of Five Life marked the start of Five's digital multi-channel strategy designed to compete with similar strategies from its rivals Channel 4 and ITV plc.

On 11 January 2007, it was announced that Five Life had acquired the multi-channel rights to air popular axed ITV dramas, Bad Girls (Series 4-8) and Footballers' Wives from Spring 2007.

On 28 August 2007, Five Life launched a timeshift channel named Five Life +1.[5]

Fiver (2008–2011)[edit]

At 06:00 on 28 April 2008, Five Life relaunched as Fiver with a new on and off-air identity and a raft of new shows added to the schedule. These included Celebrity Rehab, Dirt and re-runs of Sex and the City.[6]

5* (2011–present)[edit]

On 7 March 2011, the channel was rebranded as 5*, supported by a new logo and branding to underline the fun-loving image of the channel. On 11 April 2011, 5* reduced its broadcast hours to 13:00 to 00:00, replacing the lost hours with more teleshopping. Milkshake! programmes (for children aged 7 and under) are no longer broadcast on this channel because of this reduction, but continue to broadcast on Channel 5. A range of new programming was also added to fit in with the channel's refreshed identity.[7]

5* +1 was closed down on 3 February 2014 and was replaced the following day by Channel 5 +24.[8]

Big Brother: Live from the House[edit]

On 18 January 2012, 5* received its highest-ever rating since it launched in 2006. 5* began broadcasting Big Brother: Live from the House, the one-hour live feed for Big Brother airing after every eviction. It started out well with over 300,000 viewers, but on 18 January 2012, this increased to 1.04 million viewers (994,000 on 5*, and 41,000 on 5* +1) with an audience share of over 5%. As a result of these high figures, 5* began to screen Big Brother: Live from the House two hours every night, from 7:00pm to 9:00pm, with the exclusion of Sunday nights when the live feed was cut by an hour, starting with the fourteenth series on 14 June 2013.[9] However, viewing figures were much lower than desired, and Big Brother: Live from the House was subsequently cancelled, with the last edition to air on 30 June 2013.[10][11]

Launch night[edit]

The schedule for the primetime shows on the launch night of Five Life was as follows:

Time Programme name Notes
Inside the Priory
This show attracted 39,000 viewers
Make Me a Supermodel Extra
This show attracted 18,000 viewers
Love My Way
This show attracted 49,000 viewers
(0.33% audience share)

The launch of Five Life was at the time ranked as the worst received multichannel launch for a terrestrial broadcaster, only managing to achieve a primetime share of 0.21%.[12]

Relaunch night (as Fiver)[edit]

The schedule for the primetime shows on the launch night of Fiver were as follows:

Time Programme name Notes
Animal Zoo
Home and Away
Normal time as it was shown on Five Life.
This is the episode that was to air on Channel 5, the next day at 14:15.
Episode number 4601.
Home and Away
The reason for the extra episode was to boost ratings figures on the first night.
This episode was repeated the next day in its ordinary 18:30 timeslot, and aired on Channel 5, two days after its initial airing.
Episode number 4602.
Repeated from Channel 5.

Former logos[edit]


Current programming[edit]

Former programming[edit]


  1. ^ 5* Channel 5.
  2. ^ Sweney, Mark (26 September 2006). "Five US campaign angers Americans". London: Media Guardian. Retrieved 12 April 2011. 
  3. ^ "October launch date for Five's digital channels". Media Week. Retrieved 12 October 2006. 
  4. ^ "five autumn highlights 2006". Five. Archived from the original on 7 December 2006. Retrieved 12 October 2006. 
  5. ^ Joanne Oatts (5 July 2007). "Five launches +1 services". Digital Spy. 
  6. ^ Sweney, Mark (6 April 2008). "Five Life to relaunch as Fiver". London: Media Guardian. Archived from the original on 23 March 2008. Retrieved 6 April 2008. 
  7. ^ "Fiver rebrands as 5*, acquires new shows". Digital Spy. 3 February 2011. 
  8. ^ Eames, Tom (17 January 2014). "Channel 5 to launch catch-up channel +24". Digital Spy. Retrieved 3 February 2014. 
  9. ^ Sperling, Daniel (14 May 2013). "Big Brother 2013 to have nightly live feed". Digital Spy. Retrieved 29 June 2013. 
  10. ^ Darvill, Josh (15 June 2013). "Big Brother 2013: 70,000 watch first live streaming on 5*". Telly Mix. Retrieved 29 June 2013. 
  11. ^ Nissim, Mayer (26 June 2013). "Big Brother live feed axed by Channel 5". Digital Spy. Retrieved 29 June 2013. 
  12. ^ "Slow start for Five Life". Digital Spy. 17 October 2006. Retrieved 9 November 2007. 
  13. ^ Plunkett, John (27 September 2012). "Channel 5 to show American Idol". The Guardian (London). Retrieved 27 September 2012. 
  14. ^ http://www.tvwise.co.uk/2013/06/channel-5-sets-premiere-date-for-the-walking-dead-season-3/
  15. ^ http://www.independent.ie/business/irish/tv3-sells-hit-series-tallafornia-to-uks-channel-5-29907748.html
  16. ^ Munn, Patrick (26 April 2013). "'The Lying Game' Makes The Jump Back To 5*". TVWise. Retrieved 5 May 2013. 

External links[edit]

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