« Topics
1234...27282930...767778
623058
Is the Channel doing anything for its 20th birthday?
Whataday9,860 posts since 13 Sep 2001
HTV Wales Wales Today
I think 21 is a more likely milestone birthday in this case.

Viacom are continuing to invest in good quality factual programming. Channel 5 has announced the following commissions:

The Great Fire of London (3x60, Lion TV)
Pompeii: Countdown to Disaster (3x60, Voltage)
Rome (8x60, October Films)
Elizabeth (3x60, Oxford Film & Television)
Wallis Simpson: The Woman Who Brought Down the Crown (1x120, Elephant House Studios)
Queen Elizabeth: The Queen Mother (2x60, Blakeway)
The Man Who Built the World: The Story of Isambard Kingdom Brunel (2x60, Elephant House Studios)
gottago2,799 posts since 26 Aug 2004
London London
They did say last year in Edinburgh that they were planning to mark their 20th with a few shows but given that it's tomorrow and no details have been announced I guess it was scrapped?

As a channel it's never really resonated with the public anywhere near the level the other main four have and its programming has varied so dramatically over the years - the C5 of today is entirely different to what it was back then.. I think that's why its 10 year celebrations rated so poorly.
623058
What does the Channel stand for? 1997 porn, sports and movies. 2005 us dramas and crappy afternoon films. 2012-welfare porn......
VMPhil9,526 posts since 31 Mar 2005
Granada North West Today
They did say last year in Edinburgh that they were planning to mark their 20th with a few shows but given that it's tomorrow and no details have been announced I guess it was scrapped?

As a channel it's never really resonated with the public anywhere near the level the other main four have and its programming has varied so dramatically over the years - the C5 of today is entirely different to what it was back then .. I think that's why its 10 year celebrations rated so poorly.

It's not just that, it seems to change every five years.

1997 - The Three Fs
2002 - Attempting to go upmarket
2007 - Voyeuristic documentaries pretending to be sensitive - see example
2012 - Reality and Welfare
1
DE88 gave kudos
623058
And 100%. Mind you what was the deal with open house.
Brekkie31,233 posts since 4 Jan 2003
HTV Wales Wales Today
I think 21 is a more likely milestone birthday in this case.

Viacom are continuing to invest in good quality factual programming. Channel 5 has announced the following commissions:

The Great Fire of London (3x60, Lion TV)
Pompeii: Countdown to Disaster (3x60, Voltage)
Rome (8x60, October Films)
Elizabeth (3x60, Oxford Film & Television)
Wallis Simpson: The Woman Who Brought Down the Crown (1x120, Elephant House Studios)
Queen Elizabeth: The Queen Mother (2x60, Blakeway)
The Man Who Built the World: The Story of Isambard Kingdom Brunel (2x60, Elephant House Studios)

Good quality but hardly original - almost all those topics have been covered in recent years on the main channels.

Television of course has changed significantly in 20 years so far more difficult to be distinctive, and though at times it seems confused I guess they're in a similar position to where C4 and BBC2 have been traditionally with a mixture of factual and youth programming. Like C4 too they are somewhat missing the backbone of US drama (although 5USA still has quite a bit) which used to anchor the late evening schedule and has now all but vanished in favour of light factual programming.
I preferred the internet when it had a sense of humour.