Now Playing Five was launched as Britain’s fifth and final terrestrial broadcaster on the 31st March 1997. Currently well over 30 million UK viewers watch Five any given week tuning in for programming as diverse as the CSI franchise, Extraordinary People, live UEFA CUP Football, House, Home & Away and Paul Merton in China, as well as the channel’s award-winning children’s strand, Milkshake! 2008 saw the arrival of the hit Australian soap Neighbours, and a revamped and relaunched Five News fronted by Natasha Kaplinsky. Channel 5 – TV Schedule (opens in new window).
Channel 5 selects the best of US and Australian series like CSI, NCIS, Home and Away, Neighbours and Law and Order. It also provides a really good selection of children’s programming between 6am and 10am highlights being Power Rangers, Paw Patrol and Milkshake. Channel 5 also hosts the ever-popular Celebrity Big Brother and Celebrity Big Brother’s Bit On The Side.