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5Select logo.svg
CountryUnited Kingdom
Broadcast areaUnited Kingdom
Picture format16:9 576i SDTV
OwnerViacomCBS Networks UK & Australia
ParentChannel 5 Broadcasting Ltd UK
Sister channels
Launched13 February 2018 (2018-02-13)
FreeviewChannel 56
Virgin MediaChannel 152
FreesatChannel 133
(UK only)
Channel 153
Astra 2G10964 H 22000 5/6

5Select (stylised as 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 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]
  • 1,000 Years of History (including episodes on China[9] and Scotland)[10]
  • 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
  • Then & Now (subjects have included British Airways,[11] London Transport[12] and various British rivers, with some programmes re-titled by Channel 5 and shown on the main channel under names such as Secrets of the River Clyde)[13][14]
  • Thirties in Colour: Countdown to War[15] (with the channel also broadcasting 2009 series World War II in Colour in a similar timeslot, once the three episodes had been shown)[16]
  • Walking Victorian Britain (with Onyeka Nubia)[17]
  • Walking Wartime Britain (presented by former Royal Marine Arthur Williams)[18][19][20]
  • 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)[21][22]
  • A Country Life for Half the Price with Kate Humble[23][24]
  • 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)[25]
  • 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)[26]
  • Neighbours
  • 101 Events That Made the 20th Century[27]
  • 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)[28][29]
  • Wonderful Wales with Michael Ball[30]
  • 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. ^ "Yorkshire-made Channel 5 show the Highland Vet secures another series after proving hit with viewers".
  5. ^ https://www.daisybeckstudios.com
  6. ^ "The Highland Vet (TV Series)".
  7. ^ "Animal magic in the Highland Vet". 8 September 2021.
  8. ^ "The Highland Vet to return for second series". 16 October 2020.
  9. ^ "China: 1,000 Years of History".
  10. ^ "Scotland: 1,000 Years of History".
  11. ^ "British Airways: Then and Now".
  12. ^ "Then & Now Season 1".
  13. ^ "Secrets of the River Clyde".
  14. ^ "Secrets of the River Clyde".
  15. ^ "My5".
  16. ^ "World War II in Colour Season 1".
  17. ^ "Walking Victorian Britain Season 1".
  18. ^ "My5".
  19. ^ "Walking Wartime Britain".
  20. ^ Radio Times 2–8 October 2021: 5 October 2021 schedules - 5Select
  21. ^ "Viacom International Studios UK".
  22. ^ "TV listings guide".
  23. ^ "A Country Life for Half the Price with Kate Humble Season 2".
  24. ^ "A Country Life for Half the Price with Kate Humble Season 2".
  25. ^ "How the Victorians Built Britain Season 2".
  26. ^ http://www.itnproductions.co.uk/television/productions/documentary/royal-documentaries/
  27. ^ "101 Events That Made the 20th Century Season 1".
  28. ^ "Viacom International Studios UK".
  29. ^ "The Story of the Songs Season 1".
  30. ^ "Wonderful Wales with Michael Ball Season 1".

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