Channel 5 took an alternative approach to broadcasting the Queen’s funeral on Monday (September 19) – showing The Emoji Movie instead, followed by Stuart Little and Ice Age.
All major networks will broadcast the historic state funeral of the late monarch, including the BBC, ITV and Sky.
The UK will have big screens to watch the Queen’s funeral, including Hyde Park in London, Sheffield’s Cathedral Square, Birmingham’s Centenary Square, Carlisle’s Bitts Park, Edinburgh’s Holyrood Park and Coleraine Town Hall in Northern Ireland. North.
Cinemas across the country will also broadcast the funeral to bring local communities together.
Channel 5’s decision to air the film featuring James Corden and Patrick Stewart have certainly caused a divide on social media, with some criticizing the move.
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However, other people took to Twitter to praise the channel for bringing family entertainment to kids.
“To be honest it’s good to see them doing something like that. Most families will have 2 TVs so the adults can watch it and the kids watch the film. It’s a shame the BBC doesn’t do something similar with BBC3,” one tweeted.
Another said he ‘didn’t understand Channel 5’s criticism for showing The Emoji Movie at the Queen’s funeral’, adding: ‘What children from families who don’t have TVs paid/streaming are supposed to do otherwise, sit and watch people in suits look too sad for six hours?”
“Channel 5 deserves a lot of respect for that,” a third remarked. “Putting out an entire day of kid- and family-friendly content to give us a break from the wall-to-wall gloom is a great move.”
Meanwhile, another reiterated: ‘Channel 5 is coming in strong for people with kids who don’t want to watch funerals.’
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