Live from Studio Five

Live from Studio Five is an early-evening British magazine programme which was produced by Sky News for Channel 5. It was presented by Kate Walsh and a line-up of other co-presenters during its run. It consisted of interviews and discussing topical issues, with an emphasis on showbusiness news and celebrity gossip,[1] after originally covering stories from a popular news agenda.[2] It aired its final edition on 4 February 2011 and was replaced by OK! TV in February 2011 which lasted just nine months on air before itself being axed.[3]

Live from Studio Five
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Presented byKate Walsh (2009–11)
Jayne Middlemiss (2010)
Ian Wright (2009–10)
Emma Willis (2010)
Melinda Messenger (2009–10)
Brian Dowling (2011)
Country of originUnited Kingdom
Original language(s)English
No. of series3
Producer(s)Sky News
Running time35 minutes (2010–11)
60 minutes (2009–10)
Original networkChannel 5
Picture format16:9 (HDTV)
Original release14 September 2009 (2009-09-14) –
4 February 2011 (2011-02-04)
Related showsOK! TV
External links


Live from Studio Five initially aired on weekdays from 18:30 (later 18.25) to 19:30, and featured a mix of news, celebrity gossip, interviews, and chat. There was a weather forecast at the end of the show. It replaced Channel 5's early evening news programme Five News at 7. It was reduced to a half-hour format in August 2010 when Five News at 7 was revived.[citation needed]


From July 2010, Live from Studio Five began airing from 18:30 to 19:00, when Don't Stop Believers, a daily bulletin show, from Channel 5's talent show Don't Stop Believing, began occupying the 18:25 slot. On 2 August 2010, Live from Studio Five began airing from 18:25 to 19:00, cutting the show's duration from 65 minutes to 35 minutes. The change was made, to prevent the show from running at the same time as BBC One's The One Show, which is shown on weekdays, from 19:00 to 19:30. 5 News at 7 returned, airing directly after Live from Studio Five. On 23 August 2010, Live from Studio Five returned to its 18:25 slot, following the end of the series of Don't Stop Believing.

The programme celebrated its first birthday in September 2010 with a special edition featuring guests Kim Kardashian and her mother Kris Jenner, stars of Keeping Up with the Kardashians, and a live studio performance from Example.[4] The birthday show also saw messages from some of the celebrities who had appeared on the programme[4] and a look back at highlights of the first year.

In its final weeks on air, the show was presented by Kate Walsh, the only member of the original presenting team[5] and guest presenters, including Natalie Pinkham and Brian Dowling. The programme aired its final edition on 4 February 2011,[6] which ended with a five-minute montage of highlights from its 17 months on air.[7][8]

Presenting teamEdit

Live from Studio Five, was originally presented by former model Melinda Messenger, former footballer Ian Wright, and The Apprentice runner-up Kate Walsh.[9]

It was announced on 29 January 2010 that Messenger had quit her role to focus on other projects, with a series of guest hosts replacing her.[10] Messenger later announced that she had left the show following a disagreement with fellow presenter Ian Wright.[11] Messenger made her last appearance on the programme on 26 February 2010. The position of the third main presenter was not permanently filled until a month after Messenger's departure. During this period, guest presenters had stints in the post, including Emma Willis.

In 2010, it was announced that Willis would replace Melinda Messenger on the Channel 5 series Live from Studio Five, but after only two months, Willis announced she would be departing in order to co-present Big Brother's Little Brother and was therefore replaced by Jayne Middlemiss.[12]

At the beginning of the 12 August 2010 edition of the programme, Walsh and Middlemiss announced that Wright was not presenting the show that evening. At the end of the broadcast, they said Wright was not returning, and would no longer present the programme. Channel 5 announced that Wright had left the programme after the station did not renew his contract.[13] It was later revealed that Wright had been sacked from Live from Studio Five after falling out with the show's bosses over Channel 5's summer talent show Don't Stop Believing. Wright was also reported to be unhappy with other changes at the programme, such as its daily airtime being cut from 65 minutes to just 35 minutes.[14] During a radio interview with Absolute Radio the day after he was axed, Wright stated, "It's just been arguments for the last couple of weeks."[14] Wright's contract was due to end in September 2010, but show bosses decided not to renew it,[13][14] and he made his final appearance on 11 August.[14]

Wright was not replaced following his departure, and the programme continued with only two studio presenters. It was revealed live on air on 23 December 2010 that Middlemiss was to depart the show after seven months as presenter.[citation needed]

Brian Dowling co-hosted the final show with Walsh on 4 February 2011.[7][8]


Opening titles and setEdit

The original opening titles featured the three presenters of the time and were updated when a new presenter joined. From August 2010 the presenters no longer featured on the opening titles.

The original studio set was a desk with the three presenters sitting behind the desk until August 2010. After Wright's departure, the set was changed and the two presenters hosted the show from a sofa.

Controversy and criticismEdit

In April 2010, Minnie Stephenson, Live from Studio Five's long-running reporter, was soaked by a spitting Pete Doherty as she presented her link on the show. The incident left Stephenson shaken, and angered the show's host Ian Wright, who blasted the singer with the words: "I hate that geezer - what a complete mug he is." Stephenson later said: "Live TV is so unpredictable you never know what is around the corner and you have to be prepared for anything - a boy in a band's not going to throw me. "It's safe to say Pete Doherty is off my Christmas card list," she added.

The show met with strong criticism. In Yahoo!'s poll: "The Worst TV Shows of 2009", it fared as the third worst, receiving 11% of all the votes.[citation needed] Veteran broadcaster Michael Parkinson complained that he could not understand the show. He was quoted as saying "If there was a category for worst ever show, it would win hands down",[15] whilst Jim Shelley of the Daily Mirror described it as being "excruciatingly awful", "amateurish" and "virtually pointless".[16] Dom Joly nicknamed the presenters "Tits", "Teeth" and "Mouth".[citation needed] In Charlie Brooker's Screenwipe Review of 2009, TV critic Brooker described them as "Teeth", "Tits" and "Balls" (BBC4 03/01/2010 23:10).[17] Brooker was also the most vocal in criticism, writing in his Guardian Screenburn column that the show plumbed new depths for television news.

Here is a TV show that makes any and all previous accusations of "dumbing down" seem like misplaced phony-war hysteria. A show with a running order Heat magazine would consider frighteningly lightweight. A show which, incredibly, boasts Melinda Messenger as its intellectual touchstone

- Charlie Brooker's description of the show[2]


Live from Studio Five commenced on Monday, 14 September 2009 on Channel 5 amid much publicity in the media. The first episode fared poorly in the ratings, averaging a disappointing 476,000 viewers (2.6% of the television audience) over the hour, making it only the twelfth most-watched show on Five across Monday.[18] This decreased to 434,000 on Tuesday,[19] 370,000 on Wednesday,[20] and 300,000 on Thursday.[21] By 22 September 2009, the show had lost half its audience, attracting just 230,000 viewers.[22]

On 15 April 2010, it was watched by 277,000 viewers and was beaten by a repeat of Britain's Got More Talent on ITV2 which had 600,000 viewers.[23]

By January 2011, ratings were still around the 300,000 mark.[6]


  1. ^ Live From Studio Five Archived 23 October 2010 at the Wayback Machine
  2. ^ a b Charlie Brooker's screen burn The Guardian, 26 September 2009
  3. ^ John Plunkett Richard Desmond brings OK! TV to Channel 5, 18 January 2011
  4. ^ a b On the show[dead link] Channel 5, 13 September 2010
  5. ^ Walsh "thrilled" with new Five show Digital Spy, 10 August 2009
  6. ^ a b Five axes Live from Studio Five BBC News, 19 January 2011
  7. ^ a b Live From Studio Five[permanent dead link]
  8. ^ a b Live From Studio Five - Friday 4 February[permanent dead link]
  9. ^ Kate Walsh to front Channel Five show The Guardian, 10 August 2009
  10. ^ Melinda Messenger quits 'Studio Five' Digital Spy, 29 January 2010
  11. ^
  12. ^ Emma Willis quits Live From Studio Five | Unreality TV Archived 28 September 2013 at the Wayback Machine. (14 May 2010). Retrieved 31 March 2014.
  13. ^ a b Ian Wright falls victim to Channel 5 costcutting The Guardian, 13 August 2010
  14. ^ a b c d Ian Wright axed by Live From Studio Five BBC News, 13 August 2010
  15. ^ Parkinson slams 'Live From Studio Five' Digital Spy, 20 September 2009
  16. ^ Live From Studio Five was excruciatingly awful Mirror, 21 September 2009
  17. ^
  18. ^ Poor start for 'Live From Studio Five' Digital Spy, 15 September 2009
  19. ^ Osbourne's 'Junkie' series opens to 362,000 Digital Spy, 16 September 2009
  20. ^ Redknapp's 'Farmer' series opens to 898k Digital Spy, 17 September 2009
  21. ^ 'Live From Studio Five' drops to 300,000 Digital Spy, 18 September 2009
  22. ^ French, Dan (22 September 2009). "'Studio Five' loses half its audience". Digital Spy. Retrieved 22 September 2009.
  23. ^ TV ratings: ITV2 enjoys first hint of Britain's Got Talent bonanza The Guardian, 15 April 2010

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