Channel 5 is to lift the lid on the lives and loves of lesbians in Candy Bar Girls (working title), a new flagship series marking the relaunch of the channel under Richard Desmond.

The 6 x 60-minute series, produced by Lion Television, is an ob doc charting the personal dramas of staff and punters at Soho’s iconic Candy Bar, featuring a range of young women including former Big Brother contestant Shabby Katchadourian. The programme reveals the wild-child’s struggles to cope with her new-found fame.

The action takes place against the backdrop of the bar’s relaunch, headed by new owner and local legend Gary Henshaw.

The series aims to offer a unique insight into an unseen side of Soho but will centre on universal themes such as break-ups, career changes and finding flatmates. It will air in the spring in a 10pm slot and was commissioned by C5 head of factual Andrew O’Connell, who said: “We chart the lives of upfront women, proud of who they are.”

Series producer is Simon Rockell, and Donna Clark is exec producing.