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Tips on how to Watch The Flash: Season 5 Launch Date, Solid & Rumours

We answer your questions on DC's The Flash, including when does Season 5 start, how can you watch it in the UK, and what's going to happen.

Barry Allen will be speeding back on to our screens in October as The Flash. The hit DC superhero TV series is now up to Season 5, and here's how you can catch it on TV or online.

When does The Flash Season 5 start?

In the US, where The Flash is broadcast on The CW, the show returns on 9 October 2018 at 8/7c.

In the UK, Season 5 starts on Sky One at 8pm on Thursday 18 October 2018.

How to watch The Flash in the UK

If you're not already a Sky (channel 106) or Virgin Media (channel 109/110) customer, Now TV's £7.99 per month Entertainment deal is the best way to pick up Sky One broadcasts. It also has the entire back catalogue of The Flash seasons 1-4 on catch-up.

There's a 14-day free trial, so you don't have to spend a penny to start watching The Flash, and you can cancel your rolling monthly subscription at any time.

If you don't have a LG or Samsung smart TV on which to download the Now TV app, it is also available on a Now TV Smart Stick, Roku box, Chromecast, YouView, EETV, Apple TV, PlayStation or Xbox, or you can watch on your phone, tablet or laptop with support for Android, iOS and Windows.

As well as access to Sky One and 250 TV boxsets you'll be able to watch Sky Atlantic and Fox UK, which will offer access to hit programmes such as The Walking Dead and Game of Thrones when they next screen. Other channels included in the package are SyFy, Sky Witness, MTV, Gold, Comedy Central, Sky Arts, Discovery and Nat Geo Wild.

An alternative is to watch The Flash on YouTube, where single episodes cost £1.99 and you can get a full season for £20.99.

The Flash Season 5 Rumours

Right at the end of Season 4 we met Nora Allen-West, who it turns out is the child of Barry and Iris visiting from the future but now stuck here. Like daddy she's also a speedster, going under the moniker XS. Right from the start it's clear she's a daddy's girl, but what's Iris done to upset Nora, and what's this big, big mistake she's made?

Played by Jessica Parker Kennedy, XS will join Barry Allen (Grant Gustin), Iris West (Candice Patton), Caitlin Snow (Danielle Panabaker), Cisco Ramon (Carlos Valdes), Joe West (Jesse L Martin), Cecile Horton (Danielle Nicolet), Ralph Dibney (Hartley Sawyer) and various forms of Harrison Wells (Tom Cavanagh) as a show regular. Wally West (Keiynan Lonsdale) will be back only for a few guest appearances.

Season 5's villain will be Cicada, played by Chris Klein, who blames Barry for the death of his wife and is on a one-man mission to destroy meta-humans. We'll also see appearances from Caitlin's dad, Dr Thomas Snow (Kyle Secor), as we learn Killer Frost has always been hiding in the background, and new meta Spencer Young (Kiana Madeira).

Fans are speculating that Cisco could meet his demise in season 5. His role was already under scrutiny as he was offered a new job as The Breacher in season 4, but a photo of Hartley Sawyer mucking around on set was posted to Instagram (and later deleted) by Candice Patton, which appeared to show a news article on her computer in the background headlined 'Vive dead'. We already know Iris is heading back to journalism, but we hope this isn't her big new story.

The title of episode three has been revealed as 'The Death Of Vibe', so things aren't looking great for Cisco.

Tim Cavanagh will direct the eight episode, which will be the show's 100th, while Danielle Panabaker will take the eighteenth. We can expect an ArrowVerse crossover in the ninth episode.

Barry's also got a new suit minus the chin strap in season 5, gifted to him by his daughter and activated via a special ring.

The Flash New Suit

The Flash Season 4 Recap

  1. The Flash Reborn
  2. Mixed Signals
  3. Luck Be A Lady
  4. Elongated Journey Into The Night
  5. Girl's Night Out
  6. When Harry Met Harry
  7. Therefore I Am
  8. Crisis On Earth-X, Part 3
  9. Don't Run
  10. The Trial Of The Flash
  11. The Elongated Knight Rises
  12. Honey, I Shrunk Team Flash
  13. True Colors
  14. Subject 9
  15. Enter Flashtime
  16. Run Iris, Run
  17. Null And Annoyed
  18. Lose Yourself
  19. Fury Rogue
  20. Therefore She Is
  21. Harry And The Harrisons
  22. Think Fast
  23. We Are The Flash

Pulled from the speed force six months after the final showdown of season 3, Barry is struggling to readjust to a new world in which Iris has taken centre stage in leading Team Flash. It's every bride's nightmare as things don't go at all to plan on Barry and Iris' wedding day, and their happiness is well and truly short-lived when Barry finds himself on trial for the 'murder' of Devoe. With the lives of 12 'bus metas' at stake, Team Flash – now with Ralph Dibney on board – struggle to outwit The Thinker.

The Flash Season 3 Recap

  1. Flashpoint
  2. Paradox
  3. Magenta
  4. The New Rogues
  5. Monster
  6. Shade
  7. Killer Frost
  8. Invasion!
  9. The Present
  10. Borrowing Problems From The Future
  11. Dead Or Alive
  12. Untouchable
  13. Attack On Gorilla City
  14. Attack On Central City
  15. The Wrath of Savitar
  16. Into The Speed Force
  17. Duet
  18. Abra Kadabra
  19. The Once And Future Flash
  20. I Know Who You Are
  21. Cause And Effect
  22. Infantino Street
  23. Finish Line

Barry's being taught a valuable life lesson in season 3: you don't mess around with the speed force. It's all about cause and consequence as he learns the devastating impact some of his actions have had on his closest friends, including love of his life Iris West, who is now in mortal danger. Caitlin is increasingly drawn into Killer Frost, while Cisco struggles to forgive his former best friend. And all the while new bad guys Alchemy and Savitar are looming menacingly.

The Flash Season 2 Recap

  1. The Man Who Saved Central City
  2. Flash Of Two Worlds
  3. Family Of Rogues
  4. The Fury Of Firestorm
  5. The Darkness And The Light
  6. Enter Zoom
  7. Gorilla Warfare
  8. Legends Of Today
  9. Running To Stand Still
  10. Potential Energy
  11. The Reverse-Flash Returns
  12. Fast Lane
  13. Welcome To Earth-2
  14. Escape From Earth-2
  15. King Shark
  16. Trajectory
  17. Flash Back
  18. Versus Zoom
  19. Back To Normal
  20. Rupture
  21. The Runaway Dinasour
  22. Invincible
  23. The Race Of His Life

With the Reverse-Flash apparently out of the picture there's room for an even badder speed demon to come on the scene. Season 2 introduces Zoom, a speedster dwelling on Earth-2. The Flash gets a shock as he meets Earth-2's versions of his friends, including Iris, Joe and Caitlin, yet he finds a new comrade in Wally.

The Flash Season 1 Recap

  1. Pilot
  2. Fastest Man Alive
  3. Things You Can't Outrun
  4. Going Rogue
  5. Plastique
  6. Flash Is Born
  7. Power Outage
  8. Flash Vs Arrow
  9. The Man In The Yellow Suit
  10. Revenge Of The Rogues
  11. The Sound And The Fury
  12. Crazy For You
  13. The Nuclear Man
  14. Fallout
  15. Out Of Time
  16. Rogue Time
  17. Tricksters
  18. All Star Team Up
  19. Who Is Harrison Wells?
  20. The Trap
  21. Grodd Lives
  22. Rogue Air
  23. Fast Enough

The first season of The Flash sees Barry Allen come to terms with his newfound need for speed, quickly realising he can use his powers for good. At first he tackles a new meta-human villain in each episode, but an overall story arc forms as we are introduced to Dr Wells and the Reverse-Flash. There's an early cross over with DC's Arrow, which we see repeated in further seasons and later extends to Supergirl and Legends of Tomorrow.

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