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5Star (stylized as 5STAR) is a British
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television channel owned by
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. It originally launched as the female-orientated 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.


History


2006–08: Five Life

The channel was intended to be a female-orientated channel with an emphasis on lifestyle programming. Channel 5 announced that programming on launch would include ''
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'', ''
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'', '' Windfall'', ''
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'', and a weekday double-bill of the chat show ''
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''. On 16 October 2006, a day following the channel's launch, Australian soap opera ''
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'' began airing from episode 4212 (Season 19, Episode 112). New episodes are shown Monday to Friday in a 'First Look' screening with episodes following the Channel 5 airing. 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
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. 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 ''
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'', ''
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'' 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 On 11 April 2011, 5* reduced its broadcast hours to 13:00 to 00:00, replacing the hours withdrawn with more teleshopping.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 ''
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'', ''
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'', ''
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'' and ''
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''. In 2012, in consort with Channel 5's acquisition of the series, 5* began airing the ''
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'' 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, ''
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'' moved to 5* from
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. Continuing the channel's venture into reality based programming, '' Tallafornia'' was acquired from Ireland's TV3 and this was soon joined by ''
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'', ''
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'' 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 ''
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'', the second-run rights to American series ''
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'', '' Under the Dome'' and '' The Walking Dead'', and Australian soap operas ''Home & Away'' and ''
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''. Popular documentary series shared with Channel 5 air throughout the daytime and primetime hours, such as ''
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''. 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 Freesat on 16 September 2014 and Sky in the UK and Ireland on 4 November 2014, replacing BET International, BET +1 on the platform. The addition of the channel in Ireland was an error, thus it was removed on 6 November 2014. On 11 February 2016, as part of an overall re-branding of Channel 5's networks following their acquisition by Viacom (2005–present), Viacom, the channel was re-branded as 5Star.


Ratings

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.


Current programming


First–run

* ''100% Hotter'' (2016–present) * ''Access (British TV programme), Access'' (2011–present) * ''Airport 24/7: Thailand'' (2019–present) * ''Baby Ballroom'' (2017–present) * ''Baby Faced Mums'' (2016–present) * ''Badass Brides'' (2017–present) * ''Bad Teen to Ballroom Queen'' (2018–present) * ''Britain’s Naughtiest Nursery'' (2019–present) * ''Celebrity Ghost Hunt'' (2017–present) * ''Celeb Road Trip: Lost in Transylvania'' (2018–present) * ''Celebs on the Farm'' (2018–present) * ''Celebs on the Ranch'' (2019–present) * ''Channel Zero (TV series), Channel Zero'' (2016–present) * ''Clink (TV series), Clink'' (2019–present) * ''Dirty Tricks'' (2019–present) * ''Don't Tell The Doctor'' (2017–present) * ''Drag Kids'' (also known as ''Kids in Drag: We're Fabulous!'') (2019–present) * ''Extreme Hair Wars'' (2018–present) * ''Get Your Tatts Out: Kavos Ink'' (2017–present) * ''Greatest Ever Movie Blunders'' (2018–present) * ''Greatest Ever TV Blunders'' (2018–present) * ''
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'' (16 October 2006 – present) (first look) * ''Impact! (TV series), Impact Wrestling'' (2019–present) * ''It's Your Fault I'm Fat'' (2019–present) * ''Old School For Lazy Kids'' (2019–present) * ''Prison Life'' (2018–present) * ''Rich Kids Go Homeless'' (2019–present) * ''Rich Kids Go Skint'' (2018–present) * ''Rich Kids, Skint Holiday'' (2019–present) * ''Secret Admirer'' (2018–present) * ''Sex Pod'' (2016–present) * ''Sing It On'' (2016–present) * ''Strip Date'' (2016–present) * '' Top 20 Funniest'' (2014–present) * ''Tower Block Kids'' (2018–present) * ''The Shocking Truth About Food'' (2019–present) * ''Undercover Twins'' (2019–present) * ''Wentworth (TV series), Wentworth'' (2016–present) * ''When Kids Kill'' (2016–present) * ''When Teens Kill'' (2018–present) * ''World's Wildest Holidays'' (2018–present) * ''Young, Dumb & Banged Up in the Sun'' (2018–present) * ''You're the Worst'' (2016–present)


Second–run

* ''3rd Rock from the Sun'' (2019–present) * ''Will & Grace'' (2018–present) * ''
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'' (2008–present) * ''Gilmore Girls'' (2013–present) * ''
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'' (2013–present) * '' Under the Dome'' (2013–present) * ''16 & Pregnant'' (2015–present) * ''Catfish: The TV Show'' (2015–present) * ''Teen Mom'' (2015–present) * ''American Horror Story'' (2015–present) * ''My Wife and Kids'' (2015–present) * ''That '70s Show'' (2015–present) * ''Dance Moms'' (2016–present) * '' Teen Wolf (2011 TV series), Teen Wolf'' (2015–present) * ''Finding Carter'' (2017–present) * ''L.A. Clippers Dance Squad, Dance Squad'' (2017–present) * ''The Fresh Prince Of Bel-Air'' (2017–present) * ''According to Jim'' (2017–present) * ''
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'' (2011, 2017–present) * ''Two and a Half Men'' (2018–present) (Seasons 1-8 only) * ''Smallville'' (2019–present) * ''Empire (2015 TV series), Empire'' (2017–present) * ''Riverdale (2017 TV series), Riverdale'' (2018–present)


Former programming

* ''
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'' (2006) * ''
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'' (2006–2007) * ''
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'' (2006–2007) * ''Sofia's Diary'' (2006) * ''Trisha Goddard (TV series), The Trisha Goddard Show'' (2006–2010) * '' Windfall'' (2006) * ''Trust Me - I'm a Beauty Therapist'' (2006) * ''Dawson's Creek'' (2006–2009) * ''Bad Girls (TV series), Bad Girls'' (2007–2009) * ''Footballers' Wives'' (2007–2010) * ''Step It Up and Dance'' (2007) * ''Fifth Gear'' (2007–2010) * ''Stylista'' (2007–2008) * ''Make Me a Supermodel (UK TV series), Make Me a Supermodel Extra'' (2007–2008) * ''How Not to Decorate, Colin and Justin's How Not to Decorate'' (2007) * ''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 with Dr. Drew, Celebrity Rehab'' (2009) * ''Joey (TV series), Joey'' (2009) * ''Big Love'' (2009) * ''Farmer Wants a Wife'' (2009–2010) * ''Minder (TV series), Minder'' (2009) * ''Dirt (TV series), Dirt'' (2009–2011) * ''Sex and the City'' (2009–2013) * ''Live from Studio Five, Almost Live from Studio Five'' (2009) * ''Out of the Blue (2008 TV series), Out of the Blue'' (2009–2010) * ''Rich Bride Poor Bride, Rich Bride, Poor Bride'' (2009) * ''Vets in Action'' (2009–2011) * ''The Wright Stuff'' (2009–2011) * ''
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'' (2010) * '' Parenthood'' (2010–2011) * ''Pingu'' (2017-2018) * ''Floogals'' (2017) * ''$h*! My Dad Says, $#*! My Dad Says'' (2010–2011) * ''Malcolm in the Middle'' (2011–2013) (now on Comedy Central UK, Comedy Central) * ''Chuck (TV series), Chuck'' (2011-2012) * ''Archer (2009 TV series), Archer'' (2011–2014) * ''
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'' (2011) * ''
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'' (2011–2012) * ''Californication (TV series), Californication'' (2011–2012) * ''
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'' (2012–2013) * '' The Walking Dead'' (2012–2014) (moved to 5Spike) * '' Tallafornia'' (2014) * ''BAMMA'' (2013–2015) (moved to 5Spike) * ''
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'' (2014–2015) (moved to 5Spike) * ''
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'' (2014-2015) * ''Eye Candy (TV series), Eye Candy'' (2015) * ''
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'' (2014) (moved to 5Spike) * ''Scrubs (TV series), Scrubs'' (2015–2016) (moved from Viva (UK and Ireland), Viva) * ''Ridiculousness (TV series), Ridiculousness'' (2015–2017) * ''SpongeBob SquarePants'' (2017) * ''South Park'' (2017) * '' Big Brother: Live from the House'' (2013, 2015) * ''Big Brother's Bit on the Side'' (2013, 2015) * ''List of Big Brother (UK) shows, Celebrity Big Brother: Live from the House'' (2013, 2015) * ''Big Brother's Bit on the Side, Celebrity Big Brother's Bit on the Side'' (2013, 2015) * ''Celebrity Big Brother (UK TV series), Celebrity Big Brother'' (2017) (first look episode on Saturdays) * ''Aftermath (2016 TV series), Aftermath'' (2016) * ''Heroes Reborn (miniseries), Heroes Reborn'' (2016) * ''The Magicians (American TV series), The Magicians'' (2016–2018) * ''The Shannara Chronicles'' (2016–2017) * ''Emerald City (TV series), Emerald City'' (2017) * ''Fresh Off the Boat'' (2017–2019) * ''Star (TV series), Star'' (2017–2018) * ''Last Man Standing (U.S. TV series), Last Man Standing'' (2018–2020) * ''House (TV Series), House'' (2020)


Notes

* 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.


Logos

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Five Life logo
(15 October 2006 – 28 April 2008)
File:Fiver (Five) logo 2008.png,
First Fiver logo
(28 April 2008 – 7 October 2008)
File:Fiver logo.svg,
Final Fiver logo
(7 October 2008 – 7 March 2011)
File:Channel 5 Star.svg,
5* logo
(7 March 2011 – 11 February 2016)
File:5Star logo.png,
5Star logo
(11 February 2016 – 1 September 2019)
File:5Star logo 2019.svg,
5Star logo
(2 September 2019 – present)


References


External links

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