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02.09.2001 (03.09.2001)

Some good football on 5, odd good film

Tacky adverts, a lot of cheap American TV

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Introduction ~~
Channel 5 started with a bang a few years ago. We had a corny but catchy song by the Spice Girls to celebrate it going on air, at first it seemed a pleasant luxury to have 5 channels instead of 4. There was an element of novelty about watching a new soap - Family Affairs. There was an element of novelty too with Channel 5's movie premiers at 9pm, though far too soon the novelty wore off. The movie premiers just began to be repeated. And the movies, no films were not big high-budget blockbusters or good low-budget films but tacky b-movies with a half-famous cast. So Channel 5 started well, and then went through a terrible patch of cheap American shows but now I think its starting to improve. And lets not forget Channel 4 started pretty terribly with lots of cheap American TV but now its one of the best if not the best terrestrial channel.
Though not everyone gets Channel 5, so some people miss out on all the fun! The news every hour, the erotic thrillers, the sex documentaries, the American police documentaries and most importantly for some people - the cheap and awful Home and Away. Anyway I'll try not to rub in too much to the poor folks who press 5 on their remote to find a snowy screen but I assure you your not missing much…

The programmes ~~
Well if your too embarrassed to pop down to Blockbuster and rent out a erotic thriller you can always count on 5 for a soft porn film. 5 has became rather famous for its late-night movies but there not the only good things on Channel 5. Channel 5 show the occasional big football game and they have excellent commentary for all their football, Capital Gold's Jonathon Pearce who is loved by many and hated by many. He's the commentator that screams "Gooooooooooooooooooooooaaaaaaaaaaallllllll" each time the ball lands in the goal.
Other good programmes on 5 include the occasional decent film, though usually their films are crappy b-movies or porno's. Channel 5's news is also quite good as its every hour and is a much more relaxed style than the other channels. Channel 5 has also had a few good entertainment shows, Jerry Springer's Greed and Jailbreak to name a few.
For young children who watch Channel 5 there is "Milkshake" which has cartoons on. Its shown on Weekend mornings.

Other things about 5 ~~
Well firstly 5 have their little logo up in the corner, they're the only channel to keep a logo on all the time. Normally only satellite channels stick a logo on. 5 also have their rectangular multi-coloured logo on between adverts for a split second.
Other things about 5 are that they have a ratings system for films. None of the other channels have this and I think it's a good idea. Before films it gives the film a rating. 5 ratings are an A - which is adult, C for caution, G for guidance and U for universal. Before the film starts viewers are also told about the minimum age recommended for the film. This is a good idea I suppose but pointless as most people ignore film ratings.

Overall ~~
In many ways 5 has the feel of a sate little channel. Not just because of the logo but also because the ratings on 5 are similar to the ratings of some satellite channels - Sky 1. Channel 5 also has those adverts that are too common on satellite channels that go on for ages and often last 5 minutes. The ones with some American bloke trying to sell the "Easybrush2000" that reaches places you could never reach before. You know the adverts that are just American adverts with an English phone number at the end of the ad. Though this isn't necessarily a bad thing as it does make a change having different adverts on 5, lol sad aren't I? I sometimes watch the adverts…

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mrpaella 11.09.2001 20:52

I like the football on Channel 5. More recently I have been watching Home and Away. I can also get a clearer picture of Channel 5 on channel 56 on my satellite decoder...Paul

Howiemon 03.09.2001 23:33

Good on yer mate, Channel 5 - while still a bit tacky sometimes - is slowly earning itself a bit of credit. Like you said, Channel 4 was a bit dodgy once. Good review Sir Jim!

emu128 03.09.2001 11:18

Great op, v.interesting! Have been in France so am only reading your ops now! sorry. ~M~ :)

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