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From Reality TV to Documentaries: The Best of Channel 5.

From Reality TV to Documentaries: The Best of Channel 5.

Channel 5 is a British free-to-air television channel that has been entertaining and informing audiences since its launch in 1997. Over the years, the channel has produced a wide range of programmes covering various genres, including drama, documentary, entertainment, and news. In this blog post, we will take a look at some of the best shows to have aired on Channel 5 throughout the years.

The Gadget Show.

The Gadget Show, also known as The Gadget Show: Shop Smart, Save Money, or more recently, The Gadget Show: Better Tech, Better Life is a popular technology programme that has been airing on Channel 5 since 2004. The show features reviews and tests of the latest gadgets and gizmos, as well as advice on how to get the most out of your tech. The Gadget Show has won multiple Guinness World Records and is known for its engaging presenters and entertaining segments. It used to have its own live event, called The Gadget Show Live, which is was held annually up until 2017. The Gadget Show has featured a number of celebrity guests over the years, including Sir Richard Branson, Brian Cox, and Stephen Fry. In 2015, The Gadget Show aired a special episode that was shot entirely using drones. The Gadget Show has also featured some unusual gadgets over the years, including a robot dog that could fetch and carry objects, and a device that claimed to be able to translate your cat’s meows into English.

See when The Gadget Show is on next in our TV Guide.

Can’t Pay? We’ll Take It Away!

Can’t Pay? We’ll Take It Away! is a reality television series that follows High Court enforcement officers as they carry out their work. The show is known for its dramatic confrontations and emotional scenes, as the officers deal with people who are struggling to pay their debts. Can’t Pay? We’ll Take It Away! has been airing on Channel 5 since 2014 and has become one of the channel’s most successful programmes. The show was originally called “The Sheriffs Are Coming” and was broadcast on BBC One. Can’t Pay? We’ll Take It Away! has been the subject of controversy, with some viewers and debt charities criticising the show for portraying debtors in a negative light. During February of 2018, a pair who were depicted being evicted in an episode of the third season, filed a lawsuit against Channel 5 and were able to win compensation. Can’t Pay? We’ll Take It Away! was originally intended to be a one-off documentary, but its success led to the creation of a full series. The show has been a ratings hit for Channel 5, and has spawned several spin-off programmes. Can’t Pay? We’ll Take It Away was cancelled in 2018.

The Yorkshire Vet.

The Yorkshire Vet is a heartwarming documentary series that follows the work of veterinary surgeons in rural Yorkshire. The show focuses on the day-to-day life of the vets as they tend to a variety of animals, including cows, sheep, and horses. The Yorkshire Vet is known for its beautiful cinematography and charming characters and has become a favourite of animal lovers across the UK. The Yorkshire Vet is based on the real-life experiences of vets Julian Norton and Peter Wright, who both work at the Skeldale Veterinary Centre in Thirsk, North Yorkshire. The Yorkshire Vet has been compared to the classic BBC series “All Creatures Great and Small,” which was also set in rural Yorkshire and focused on the work of a vet. The show has become a ratings hit for Channel 5, with some episodes attracting over 2 million viewers. The Yorkshire Vet has inspired a series of books, written by Julian Norton, which provide further insights into the lives of the vets and the animals they care for. The Yorkshire Vet has also led to the creation of a range of merchandise, including calendars, mugs, and t-shirts.

See when The Yorkshire Vet is on next in our TV Guide.

Rich House, Poor House.

Rich House, Poor House is a social experiment that sees two families from opposite ends of the wealth spectrum swap homes for a week. The show aims to highlight the inequalities that exist in modern Britain and has been praised for its thought-provoking content. Rich House, Poor House has been airing on Channel 5 since 2017 and has become one of the channel’s most talked-about programmes. The show was inspired by a Dutch TV show called “Rich and Poor,” which followed families as they swapped lives for a week. The families who take part in the show are not paid for their participation, but are given a budget to cover any additional expenses they may incur during the week. Rich House, Poor House has been praised for its sensitive portrayal of the families and the issues they face. The show has also led to some unexpected outcomes, with some families forming lasting friendships and even setting up businesses together. Rich House, Poor House has been nominated for several awards, including an RTS 2018 award under the category ‘Formatted Popular Factual’.

See when Rich House, Poor House is on next in our TV Guide.

Cruising with Jane McDonald.

Cruising with Jane McDonald is a travel documentary series that sees the eponymous presenter explore different parts of the world on board a variety of cruise ships. The show is known for its glamorous locations and entertaining presenter and has become one of Channel 5’s most successful programmes. Cruising with Jane McDonald has won multiple awards and has been praised for its uplifting and positive content. The show first aired on Channel 5 in 2017 and has since aired seven seasons. Jane McDonald is a British singer and television presenter who rose to fame after appearing on the BBC series The Cruise in 1998. The show has taken Jane to destinations all around the world, including the Caribbean, Alaska, Asia, Europe, and Australia. In 2018, Cruising with Jane McDonald won a BAFTA television award for Best Feature. The show’s popularity has led to the release of two albums by Jane McDonald, both of which feature songs performed on the show.

See when Cruising with Jane McDonald is on next in our TV Guide.

Channel 5 has produced some excellent television over the years, and the shows listed above are just a small selection of the great programming that the channel has to offer. Whether you’re a fan of documentaries, entertainment, or drama, there is something for everyone on Channel 5.

Want to see what other great shows are coming to Channel 5 in 2023? Check out our latest blog post TV 2023: 13 TV Shows EVERYONE will be talking about that you can watch on TVMucho.

Keep an eye on our TV guide, for exact time schedules and more information on where and how to watch your favourite shows on Channel 5. See what’s on UK TV right now. Check out one of our other tv-riffiic articles below.

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