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5Select logo.png
CountryUnited Kingdom
Broadcast areaUnited Kingdom
NetworkChannel 5
Picture format16:9 576i SDTV
OwnerChannel 5 Broadcasting Ltd UK
ViacomCBS Networks UK & Australia
Sister channels
Launched13 February 2018 (2018-02-13)
FreeviewChannel 55
Virgin MediaChannel 152
FreesatChannel 133
(UK only)
Channel 153
Astra 2G10964 H 22000 5/6

5Select is a British free-to-air television channel which features documentaries, arts, dramas, comedies and Channel 5 original content.[1][2]


Channel 5 were set to launch a new channel called 5Prime. It was going to be a catch-up channel, launching in January 2018, but it was never officially launched. A month later, 5Prime was rebranded as 5Select and it launched at 9:00am on 13 February 2018, with the first programme, Access, being shown.[3] On the 1st of July, 5Select moved from the SDN (COM4) MUX to the BBC B HD Mux on Freeview. As a result, viewers with older freeview equipment lost the channel while viewers in areas served by non SFN freeview relay transmitters with DVB-T2 compatible Freeview TVs or Freeview+HD boxes feature could receive the channel.



  • The Dog Rescuers with Alan Davies (from 2019, earlier series debuted on Channel 5)
  • The Dog Rescuers: Best in Show
  • The Highland Vet (from the makers of The Yorkshire Vet, Daisybeck Studios,[4][5] but based at practices in Thurso and Wick)[6][7][8]
  • The Secret Life of Owls
  • The Story of the Songs (episodes with rock acts broadcast only by 5Select, episodes with pop acts shown on Channel 5)
  • Striking Out
  • Thirties in Colour: Countdown to War[9] (with the channel also broadcasting 2009 series World War II in Colour in a similar timeslot, once the three episodes had been shown)[10]
  • Walking Wartime Britain (presented by former Royal Marine Arthur Williams)[11][12][13]
  • The Yorkshire Vet Casebook


  • Access (this show was rebranded as Entertainment News)
  • Ben Fogle: New Lives in the Wild
  • Britain's Favourite 80s Songs (known in the VIS/Viacom Studios UK catalogue under the title The 80s Greatest Hits 1980-1989)[14][15]
  • A Country Life for Half the Price with Kate Humble[16][17]
  • The Dog Rescuers (until 2019, when new series debuted on 5Select)
  • Dogs with Incredible Jobs
  • GPs: Behind Closed Doors
  • The Hotel Inspector
  • How the Victorians Built Britain (documentary series with Michael Buerk)[18]
  • ITN Royal Documentaries (with titles such as Fergie vs Diana: Royal Wives at War, Beatrice and Eugenie: Pampered Princesses? and Princess Margaret: Rebel Without A Crown)[19]
  • Neighbours
  • 101 Events That Made the 20th Century[20]
  • The Story of the Songs (most episodes were broadcast back-to-back with Britain's Favourite 80s Songs on Channel 5, though selected episodes with rock bands like Metallica or The Police debuted on 5Select with no Channel 5 transmission dates)[21][22]
  • Wonderful Wales with Michael Ball[23]
  • World War 1 in Colour
  • World War II in Colour (this 2009 series was broadcast as a follow-up to Thirties in Colour: Countdown to War in the 5Select weekly schedules)
  • A Year in the Wild (nature documentary, with series devoted to Alaska, Loch Lomond and Yorkshire)
  • The Yorkshire Vet


  1. ^ "What is 5SELECT?". www.faqs.channel5.com. Archived from the original on 12 June 2018. Retrieved 11 February 2018.
  2. ^ Information from What's on TV, magazine dated 10 February until 16 February 2018.
  3. ^ "New C5 service to be called 5Select". a516digital. Archived from the original on 21 June 2018. Retrieved 31 March 2018.
  4. ^ https://www.yorkshirepost.co.uk/country-and-farming/highland-vet-secures-another-series-after-proving-hit-viewers-3136519
  5. ^ https://www.daisybeckstudios.com
  6. ^ https://www.radiotimes.com/tv-programme/mdsjts/the-highland-vet/
  7. ^ https://www.stuff.co.nz/entertainment/tv-radio/126316605/animal-magic-in-the-highland-vet
  8. ^ https://www.northern-times.co.uk/news/the-highland-vet-to-return-for-second-series-215405/
  9. ^ https://www.channel5.com/show/thirties-in-colour-countdown-to-war/
  10. ^ https://www.radiotimes.com/tv-programme/87h/world-war-ii-in-colour-season-1/?episode=4qj
  11. ^ https://www.channel5.com/show/walking-wartime-britain/
  12. ^ https://www.sky.com/watch/title/series/cecf3bb8-bb35-43d2-87f8-144fb0848dcf/walking-wartime-britain-cecf3bb8-bb35-43d2-87f8-144fb0848dcf/episodes/season-1/episode-1
  13. ^ Radio Times 2-8 October 2021: 5 October 2021 schedules - 5Select
  14. ^ https://viacomstudiosuk.com/the-80s-greatest-hits/
  15. ^ https://www.radiotimes.com/tv/tv-listings/?sd=08-10-2021%2001:00
  16. ^ https://www.radiotimes.com/tv-programme/nyz8yc/a-country-life-for-half-the-price-with-kate-humble-season-2/?episode=n4ctg2
  17. ^ https://www.radiotimes.com/tv-programme/nyz8yc/a-country-life-for-half-the-price-with-kate-humble-season-2/?episode=n4ctg2#episodes
  18. ^ https://www.radiotimes.com/tv-programme/ktshz8/how-the-victorians-built-britain-season-2/?episode=nxcj8y
  19. ^ http://www.itnproductions.co.uk/television/productions/documentary/royal-documentaries/
  20. ^ https://www.radiotimes.com/tv-programme/ks6bgc/101-events-that-made-the-20th-century-season-1/?episode=ks6bgj
  21. ^ https://viacomstudiosuk.com/the-story-of-the-songs/
  22. ^ https://www.radiotimes.com/tv-programme/mrdjf5/the-story-of-the-songs-season-1/?episode=mrdjf6
  23. ^ https://www.radiotimes.com/tv-programme/nwsvnt/wonderful-wales-with-michael-ball-season-1/?episode=nwsvnv

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