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Picture format  576i (SDTV 16:9, 4:3)
Founded  2006
Country  United Kingdom
Launched  15 October 2006 (2006-10-15)
Owned by  Channel 5 Broadcasting Ltd (Viacom International Media Networks Europe)
Audience share  0.50% 0.04% (+1) (September 2015 (2015-09), BARB)
Formerly called  Five Life (2006-08) FIVER (2008-11) 5* (2011-16)
TV shows  Police Interceptors, Intervention, Madventures, Sofia's Diary, The City

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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 as 5* on 7 March 2011, and later to its current name on 11 February 2016.


The channel is available on digital television via Freesat, Freeview, Sky, and Virgin Media, and broadcasts between 09:00 and 04:00.

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.

2008-11: Fiver

Five Life relaunched as Fiver in 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.

2011-16: 5*

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.

On February 2016, as part of an overall re-branding of Channel 5's networks following their acquisition by Viacom, the channel was re-branded as 5Star.


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%. 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.


  • 100% Hotter (2016–present)
  • Access (2011–present)
  • Aftermath (2016–present)
  • Baby Faced Mums (2016–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)
  • Celebrity Big Brother's Bit on the Side (2013, 2015–present)
  • Channel Zero (2016–present)
  • Don't Tell The Doctor (2017-present)
  • Emerald City (2017–present)
  • Heroes Reborn (2016–present)
  • Home and Away (16 October 2006–present) (first look)
  • The Magicians (2016–present)
  • Sex Pod (2016–present)
  • The Shannara Chronicles (2016–present)
  • Sing It On (2016–present)
  • Strip Date (2016–present)
  • Top 20 Funniest (2014–present)
  • Wentworth (moved from Channel 5 2016–present)
  • When Kids Kill (2016–present)
  • You're the Worst (2016–present)
  • Second–run

  • 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)
  • My Wife and Kids (2015–present) (moved from Viva)
  • That '70s Show (2015–present) (moved from Viva)
  • Ridiculousness (2015–present) (moved from MTV)
  • Scrubs (2015–2016) (moved from Viva)
  • Dance Moms (2016–present) (first on Lifetime)
  • Teen Wolf (2011 TV series) (2015–present) (first on Sky Living)
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    Former programming

  • 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)
  • BAMMA (2013–2015)
  • Bar Rescue (2014–2015)
  • World's Worst Tenants (2014-2015)
  • Eye Candy (2015)
  • Helix (2014)
  • References

    5Star Wikipedia

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