Best Channel 5 dramas — all the must-see TV shows to watch on My5

First Officer Kate Woods (Catherine Tyldesley) and Jack Grayling (Shayne Ward) stand on the deck of a ship with a beautiful Mediterranean sunset behind them. On the deck behind them are lots of suitcases wrapped in neon yellow tape marked 'crime scene do not cross'
The Good Ship Murder is just one of the best Channel 5 dramas. (Image credit: Channel 5)

Looking for the best Channel 5 dramas? The Good Ship Murder, All Creatures Great and Small, and For Her Sins are just some of the shows available to watch on-demand. So you've got plenty of time to catch up on all that My5 has to offer.

We've put together a list of the best Channel 5 dramas to stream right now, including the number of seasons and episodes, synopsis and the average episode length. We also have guides on best BBC dramas, best ITV Dramas and best Channel 4 dramas if you need even more recommendations!

What are the best Channel 5 dramas on My5?

The Good Ship Murder

Jack (Shayne Ward) and Kate (Catherine Tyldesley) sit at a table on board the ship analysing some clues. He is wearing a dark blue shirt and stone-coloured trousers, she is in her Officer's uniform of a short-sleeved white shirt with First Officer epaulettes and a black skirt

Jack (Shayne Ward) and Kate (Catherine Tyldesley) in action (Image credit: Channel 5)

Love Death in Paradise? Then The Good Ship Murder could be for you! The series follows former detective Jack Grayling (Shayne Ward) who is living his best life working as an entertainer on a cruise ship. There he meets First Officer Kate Woods (Catherine Tyldesley), a woman in a man's world, with plenty to prove. Life on the ship is exciting and glamorous but there are jealousies, rivalries and deep divides hidden below the surface and, as the ship docks at its first port of call, a passenger is found murdered. This tragedy is followed by more murders and unlikely duo Jack and Kate must join together to solve the mysteries. 

  • Number of seasons: 1
  • Episodes: 8
  • Average episode length: 60 minutes

All Creatures Great and Small

Rachel Shenton in a red coat as Helen and Nicholas Ralph in a blue coat as James stand together outdoors in All Creatures Great and Small.

Helen and James are at the heart of All Creatures (Image credit: Channel 5)

All Creatures Great and Small is based on the best-selling books by real-life Yorkshire vet, Alf Wright, who wrote under the pen-name James Herriot. Actor Nicholas Ralph takes on the role of country vet James, stepping into the shoes of Christopher Timothy, who fans of the original series will remember played the legendary vet the first time around. The storyline follows newly-qualified vet James as he leaves his home in Glasgow during 1937 to start working for head vet Siegfried in the fictional Yorkshire village of Darrowby. He soon finds himself working as part of a trio of vets alongside Siegfried and his younger brother, Tristan.  

This Channel 5 original also stars Rachel Shenton, Samuel West, Anna Madeley, Diana Rigg, Matthew Lewis, and Callum Woodhouse.

All Creatures Great and Small season 4 is the latest series and the show has become Channel 5's biggest hit.

Number of seasons: 4

Episodes: 28 (including Christmas specials)

Average episode length: 60 minutes

The Inheritance

The Inheritance key art

The Inheritance cast (Image credit: Channel 5)

The Inheritance follows siblings Daniel (Robert James-Collier), Sian (Gaynor Faye) and Chloe (Jemima Rooper) who are part of a seemingly close and loving family. The trio are left reeling after the sudden death of their father, Dennis (Larry Lamb) and are later devastated to discover they have not been left their expected inheritance in his will. This leads them to question whether he really did die in an accident, as they were told, or if he was murdered. Their investigation takes them down a dangerous path and sees secrets unravel, relationships ripped apart and lives lost...

Number of seasons: 1

Episodes: 4

Average episode length: 60 minutes

For Her Sins

The For Her Sins key art, showing Laura (Jo Joyner) and Emily (Rachel Shenton) standing side by side in front of a multicoloured gradient background of rainbow-style colours. Laura is looking over her shoulder at Emily, while Emily is looking straight into the camera.

Laura (Jo Joyner) and Emily (Rachel Shenton)  (Image credit: Paramount/Channel 5)

As a high-flying lawyer, Laura Conroy (Jo Joyner) is used to being the one in control — but since becoming a mother to two young children, she's found herself losing her self-assurance, particularly with her husband Rob often away on business, leaving Laura to raise their children largely on her own. 

When Laura loses sight of her daughter Eliza in the park one day, she finds her with Emily (Rachel Shenton), a kindly stranger — and then the two meet again at the school gates when Emily steps in to save Laura from one of Eliza's tantrums. Laura and Emily soon become firm friends, and Laura is relieved to finally have someone to talk to about her anxieties around motherhood — but what she doesn't realise is that she and Emily are connected by an event in their past, and Emily's arrival in her life was no accident...

Number of seasons: 1

Episodes: 4

Average episode length: 60 minutes

Heat

Danny Dyer in Channel 5 Drama Heat

(Image credit: Channel 5)

Ex-EastEnders star Danny Dyer headlines this four-part action thriller, set in Australia, which sees two families holidaying together during bushfire season. But instead of rest and relaxation, secrets and lies start to unravel — and not everyone will make it out alive…

"Heat has a really powerful dark script and a strong Australian cast and crew. Let’s have it!" says Danny.

Number of seasons: 1

Episodes: 4

Average episode length: 60 minutes

Lie With Me

Lie With Me

Phoebe Roberts (Becky Hart), Charlie Brooks (Anna Fallmont) and Brett Tucker (Jake Fallmont) (Image credit: Ben King / FremantleMedia)

Lie With Me sees soap legend Charlie Brooks taking centre stage as a married woman trying to saving her marriage by moving halfway around the world to Australia, along with her family. The decision came after their happy marriage was rocked by Jake's affair, prompting a drastic move from London all the way to Australia.

However it's far from plain sailing, as a young and attractive live-in nanny comes to work with the Fallmont family, and tensions soon build. If that wasn't bad enough, the events of this mini-series soon leads to murder...

Number of seasons: 1

Episodes: 4

Average episode length: 60 minutes

The Drowning

The Drowning cast.

The Drowning cast (Image credit: Channel 5)

In thriller The Drowning, Jill Halfpenny plays Jodie, a woman whose life is shattered following the disappearance of her beloved four-year-old son, Daniel. However, ten years later, the grieving mother thinks she's finally found her missing child, and embarks on a journey to discover the truth about him. But has she really just found the son she has been missing for so long? 

Joining Halfpenny is Jonas Armstrong, Cody Molko, Rupert Penry-Jones, Deborah Findlay and Jade Anouka.

Number of seasons: 1

Episodes: 4

Average episode length: 60 minutes