5Action (stylised as 5ACTION, formerly known as Paramount Network) is a British free-to-air television channel owned by Channel 5 Broadcasting Limited,[1] a wholly-owned subsidiary of Paramount Global, which is grouped under Paramount Networks UK & Australia division. 5Action features a range of programming from the Channel 5 stable as well as other content from the UK and US, focusing on action, crime and wrestling.[2]

Logo used since 2022
CountryUnited Kingdom
Broadcast areaUnited Kingdom
Picture format
OwnerParamount Networks UK & Australia
ParentChannel 5 Broadcasting Limited
Sister channels
  • 4 July 2018 (2018-07-04) (as Paramount Network)
  • 19 January 2022 (2022-01-19) (as 5Action)
Former namesParamount Network (2018–2022)
FreeviewChannel 33


5Action's programming and Freeview channel slot dates back to the days of Viacom's male-skewing channel Spike, which was launched on 15 April 2015 as a localised version of the American cable channel of the same name (now known in America as the movie channel Paramount Network). When Spike was launched it took the channel number (then channel 31) from Viacom's music and comedy channel Viva, but was operated under the auspices of Channel 5's programming director Ben Frow. It primarily aired entertainment programmes, including action and drama series, police documentaries, and programming from its U.S. counterpart, as well as mixed martial arts.

On 31 October 2017, the channel became 5Spike after Viacom decided the channel should be more closely associated with its sister channels and the Channel 5 brand. By now the channel slot had moved down one slot to number 32 due to a Freeview reshuffle, with the same kind of programming found on this channel number for the next five years. On 7 January 2020, the brand was discontinued in line with Viacom's global company policy, with the channel taking on the name of its sister channel, Paramount Network, and with no major change to its channel placement or programming.

On 19 January 2022, the channel was once again aligned to parent company Channel 5 when it got its second rebrand. It was rebranded again as 5Action, largely due to the Paramount name being used for the streaming service Paramount+ and as ViacomCBS had plans at the time to change the main American Paramount Network into a movie channel.[3][4] On 26 January 2022, 5Action was moved to a new Freeview number (channel 33) due to the relaunch of BBC Three on channel 23, meaning that all of the channels below had to be moved down one slot before the BBC channel started broadcasting again[5] on 1 February 2022.[6]

Paramount Network Logo used 2018-2022


Current programming (5Action only)

Current programming (formerly on Paramount Network and/or 5Spike)

  • Airport 24/7: Thailand[7][8]
  • Car Crash TV[9]
  • Caught on Camera (episodes might be billed as Criminals: Caught on Camera or Seconds from Death: Caught on Camera)[10]
  • Entertainment News on 5[11]
  • Fights, Camera, Action
  • Idiot TV[12]
  • Police Interceptors (some episodes known as Ultimate Police Interceptors)[13]
  • Police Raids: Caught by Surprise[14]
  • Traffic Cops
  • Trucking Hell
  • WWE Raw Highlights
  • WWE SmackDown Highlights

Paramount Network

Viacom (ViacomCBS/Channel 5) operated two distinct versions of the free-to-air Paramount Network on Freeview (with the original pay-tv Paramount Channel becoming Comedy Central in 2009). The first version of the Freeview channel was launched on 4 July 2018[15][16][17] as a sister channel to 5Spike,[18] and with a high-definition feed exclusively on Virgin Media from 21 July 2018.[19][20] It ceased to be available via satellite in Ireland on 13 July 2018 having supposedly been made available by mistake,[21] even though the channel had been promoted to Irish viewers before launch[22] (however, the channel could still be accessed via manual tuning on Sky in Ireland).

On 7 January 2020, Paramount Network was merged with 5Spike in its slots on Freeview, Sky and Virgin Media, got its new branding, and subsumed its +1 timeshift channel on Sky.[23] The timeshift channel ceased broadcasting on 14 July 2020.

Paramount Network rebranded as 5Action on 19 January 2022 in preparation for Paramount+ launching in the UK.


The original British version of Paramount Network was as a general entertainment channel showing American movies and series such as Suits and Lip Sync Battle.[24][25] In 2020, Channel 5 merged this channel with that of 5Spike, with Paramount Network becoming more of a male-skewing channel, following the lead of the original American Spike TV, which targeted a young adult male audience, becoming Paramount Network in the United States. This second version of Paramount Network had a schedule very much in keeping with that of 5Spike, with action movies at night, westerns at lunch and programmes such as Police Interceptors and Traffic Cops running episodes back-to-back early evening. When the channel got its second rebrand in early 2022, again no major changes were made to the schedule yet on Freeview channel 32[26] apart from the Jason Bourne spin-off Treadstone debuting on the channel.

Original version

Second version (formally 5Spike)

Programmes broadcast on the male-skewing version included...


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  9. "Car Crash TV Season 5".
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  28. "Seconds from Death: Caught on Camera Season 1".
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  32. "Police Raids: Caught by Surprise Season 1".
  33. "Tsunami Season 1".
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