|Launched||15 October 2006|
|Owned by||Channel 5 Broadcasting Ltd
(Viacom International Media Networks Europe)
|Picture format||576i (SDTV 16:9, 4:3)|
0.04% (+1) (September 2015 , BARB)
|Formerly called||Five Life (2006–08)
|Timeshift service||5Star +1|
Channel 132 (+1)
|Sky (UK only)||Channel 176
Channel 190 (+1)
|Astra 2F||10964 H 22000 5/6|
|Virgin Media||Channel 151|
5Star (formerly stylised with an asterisk as 5*) is a British digital television channel owned by Viacom International Media Networks Europe. It is a sister channel of Channel 5 and 5USA. It originally launched as the female-oriented Five Life on 15 October 2006, and was rebranded as Fiver on 28 April 2008 with a revised version of the same concept. The channel later re-branded under its current name on 7 March 2011.
2006–08: Five Life
The channel was intended to be a female-oriented channel with an emphasis on lifestyle programming. Channel 5 announced that programming on launch would include The Ellen DeGeneres Show, Love My Way, Windfall, Angela's Eyes, and a weekday double-bill of the chat show Trisha Goddard. On 16 October 2006, a day following the channel's launch, Australian soap opera Home and Away began airing from episode 4212 (Series 19). New episodes are shown Monday to Friday in a 'First Look' screening with episodes following the Channel 5 airing. A weekly omnibus also airs every Sunday. Repeats of popular female-skewing dramas, both nationally and internationally produced, were soon acquired. Following the channel's launch, a time-shift version of the channel was launched in summer 2007.
Five Life relaunched as Fiver in April 2008; while still targeting female audiences, the channel was re-positioned with a "younger, faster, louder" concept, meant to compete with LivingTV. On-air presentation reflected this shift with a "cursor" motif, typing out words reflecting programs and current events.
In 2011, the channel was re-launched again, as 5* (pronounced "Five Star"). The new brand focused on a "fun-loving" concept, with initial acquisitions including $h*! My Dad Says, Better with You and Parenthood. On 11 April 2011, 5* reduced its broadcast hours to 13:00 to 00:00, replacing the hours withdrawn with more teleshopping. When some of these new programs failed to make much of an impact in the channel's ratings, several were dropped and replaced by new locally produced and acquired programming. These included the American series 8 Simple Rules, 10 Things I Hate About You, Alphas and The Lying Game.
In 2012, in consort with Channel 5's acquisition of the series, 5* began airing the Big Brother companion show Big Brother: Live from the House, which aired 60 minutes of live feed following every eviction show. In 2013, after Live from the House set ratings records for the channel, the programme was expanded to two hours nightly. However, ratings were at a share below that of the channel's average, with just 70,000 watching the first live feeds. Subsequently, the live feeds were shut down and the spin-off show last aired in June 2013. Also in 2013, American Idol moved to 5* from ITV2. Continuing the channel's venture into reality based programming, Tallafornia was acquired from Ireland's TV3 and this was soon joined by Bar Rescue, World's Worst Tenants and Top 20 Funniest in 2014.
The current schedule includes a variety of programming, including the aforementioned reality series, as well as the first-run rights to Helix, the second-run rights to American series Falling Skies, Under the Dome and The Walking Dead, and Australian soap operas Home & Away and Neighbours. Popular documentary series shared with Channel 5 air throughout the daytime and primetime hours, such as The Gadget Show. As of 2014, the channel runs a primetime movie every weeknight at 21:00. On the weekends, the latest BAMMA fights are typically broadcast first-run to the United Kingdom and Ireland.
The time-shift version of the channel was shut down on 3 February 2014 and replaced by Channel 5+24. The channel returned later, launching on Sky on 4 November 2014.
The launch of Five Life was at the time ranked as the best received multichannel launch for a terrestrial broadcaster, only managing to achieve a primetime share of 0.21%. Following the channel's relaunch as Fiver in 2008, the all-day share for the channel has been between 0.5–0.6%. The highest rated series airing on the channel are Home & Away, Neighbours and the weeknight showings of primetime movies. The highest rating for the channel is held by Big Brother: Live from the House, when it received just over one million viewers and an audience share of over five percent in 2013.
- Home and Away (16 October 2006–present) (first look)
- Access (2011–present)
- Big Brother: Live from the House (2013, 2015–present)
- Big Brother's Bit on the Side (2013, 2015–present)
- Celebrity Big Brother: Live from the House (2013, 2015–present)
- BAMMA (2013–present)
- Helix (2014–present)
- Bar Rescue (2014–present)
- World's Worst Tenants (2014–present)
- Top 20 Funniest (2014–present)
- Eye Candy (2015–present)
- Heroes Reborn (moved from BBC Two) (2016–present)
- Strip Date (2016-present)
- Sex Pod (2016-present)
- 100% Hotter (2016-present)
- Wentworth (moved from Channel 5 2016-present)
- When Kids Kill (2016-present)
- Sing It On (2016-present)
- Neighbours (2008–present)
- Gilmore Girls (2013–present) (moved from E4)
- Falling Skies (2013–present) (first on Fox)
- Under the Dome (2013–present)
- 16 & Pregnant (2015–present) (first on MTV)
- Catfish: The TV Show (2015–present) (first on MTV)
- Teen Mom (2015–present) (first on MTV)
- American Horror Story (2015–present) (first on Fox) (current season: "Asylum")
- My Wife and Kids (2015–present) (moved from Viva)
- That 70's Show (2015–present) (moved from Viva)
- Ridiculousness (2015-present) (moved from MTV)
- Scrubs (2015–present) (moved from Viva)
- Dance Moms (2016-present) (first on Lifetime)
- You're the Worst (2016-present)
- Angela's Eyes (2006)
- The Ellen DeGeneres Show (2006–2007)
- Love My Way (2006–2007)
- Sofia's Diary (2006)
- The Trisha Goddard Show (2006–2010)
- Windfall (2006)
- Trust Me - I'm a Beauty Therapist (2006)
- Dawson's Creek (2006–2009)
- Bad Girls (2007–2009)
- Footballers' Wives (2007–2008)
- Step It Up and Dance (2007)
- Chuck (2007–2009) (moved to Sky Living after 3 series)
- Fifth Gear (2007–2010)
- Stylista (2007–2008)
- Make Me a Supermodel Extra (2007–2008)
- Colin and Justin's How Not to Decorate (2007)
- Milkshake! (2007–2011)
- My Name Is Earl (2013–2015) (moved to 5USA)
- Gay, Straight or Taken? (2008)
- Nice House, Shame About the Garden! (2008–2010)
- Ocean Force (2008–2010)
- Celebrity Rehab (2009)
- Joey (2009)
- Big Love (2009)
- Farmer Wants a Wife (2009–2010)
- Minder (2009)
- Dirt (2009–2011)
- Sex and the City (2009–2013)
- Almost Live from Studio Five (2009)
- Out of the Blue (2009–2010)
- Rich Bride, Poor Bride (2009)
- Vets in Action (2009–2011)
- The Wright Stuff (2009–2011)
- Better With You (2010)
- Parenthood (2010–2011)
- $#*! My Dad Says (2010–2011)
- Malcolm in the Middle (2011–2013) (now on Comedy Central)
- 8 Simple Rules (2011)
- Archer (2011–2014)
- 10 Things I Hate About You (2011)
- Alphas (2011–2012)
- Californication (2011–2012)
- The Lying Game (2012–2013)
- The Walking Dead (2012–2014) (second run now on Spike)
- Tallafornia (2014)
- ^1 Several documentary series shared with Channel 5 air on 5Star. However, the titles that come to 5Star change too sporadically to pinpoint what specifically airs first-run or second-run to the channel.
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