Blockbusters due on Channel 5

Channel 5 has splashed out on an £18 million deal with Columbia TriStar International, which will see the studio's 2000 raft of hit feature films, including Oscar winning Erin Brockovich, debut on the channel

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Channel 5 has splashed out on an £18 million deal with Columbia TriStar International, which will see the studio's 2000 raft of hit feature films, including Oscar winning Erin Brockovich, debut on the channel.

The deal is Channel 5's biggest acquisition agreement with Columbia TriStar and covers network TV film premieres, recent blockbusters and mini series.

Other premier titles include, Charlie's Angels, starring Cameron Diaz, Drew Barrymore and Lucy Liu; Snatch, starring Brad Pitt and Vinnie Jones; The Patriot, Hollow Man, The Sixth Day and Vertical Limit.

Erin Brockovich, which stars Julia Roberts and Albert Finney, will debut on the channel in 2003.

Channel 5, chief executive, Dawn Airey, said: "This is a great coup for the channel, coming so soon after securing the first
terrestrial broadcast rights to
Gladiator.

"These deals mean Channel
5 will continue to be the leading terrestrial channel for blockbuster premieres."

Channel 5 has also acquired Eco-Challenge from Columbia Tristar International Television.

Eco-Challenge is an Emmy Award-winning reality sports programme from the executive producer of Survivor and the six-parter will begin broadcasting on Tuesday, June 5, at 7pm.

The reality show was recently shown in the US and scored impressive ratings.

Eco-Challenge tests the endurance of amateur athletes from around the world.

Nearly 100 teams from 26 countries compete in a test of physical strength and stamina against the forces of nature.

Each team of four, comprising men and women, races non-stop for six to 12 days, 24 hours a day, over a 300-mile course in Borneo.

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