Channel 5 will show the film Emoji during the Queen’s funeral
While many will tune in to the late Queen’s state funeral on Monday (September 19), Channel 5 took a slightly different direction with its deals for the day.
The channel will be the only mainstream public service broadcaster in the UK on Monday September 19 not to show the funeral or documentaries about the Queen.
Instead, it will show The Emoji Movie OneAt the same time, the funeral is broadcast on channels like the BBC, ITV and Sky.
The Emoji Movie features the likes of James Corden and Patrick Stewart and was a commercial success according to its creators.
However, the film is certainly not critically acclaimed – it has a shockingly low 6% on Rotten Tomatoes and its IMDb score isn’t much better.
While other channels will cover the funeral all day, the children’s film will be followed by Stuart Little and ice age 3 on channel 5.
Opinion from people on social media has been quite mixed, with some saying it’s good for young children to have a chance to watch something else if the funeral is too upsetting. Meanwhile, others believe a monarch’s state funeral should be broadcast everywhere.
One person said: “To be fair, it’s nice to see them doing something like this. Most families will have 2 TVs so the adults can watch it and the kids watch the movie. It’s a shame that the BBC is not doing something similar with BBC3.”
A second added: “I thought the movie emoji on 5 monday was a joke!?!?”
A third said: ‘It’s sad we lost the queen but do we really need 24/7 live coverage and opinions for weeks on end?
Other TV stations have released their lineup for Monday, and as expected, this is dominated by the Queen’s funeral.
BBC One will broadcast the funeral from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., while BBC Two will broadcast the same program with a British Sign Language interpreter.
All of ITV’s channels will show the state funeral, along with Sky, where the funeral will be shown on its sports channels such as Sky Sports F1, Sky Sports Football and Sky Sports News.
Other Sky channels that will be showing the funeral include Sky Comedy and Sky Crime – yes, you read that right.
Channel 4 will broadcast Her Majesty the Queen – an obituary for the Queen at 10:55 a.m., followed by a two-minute silence at 11:55 a.m.
After that, a documentary will air about the Queen’s coronation in 1953.
Still, if none of this is of much interest to you, rest assured that you can always log on to The Emoji Movie In place.