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Channel 5 has been hailed for airing The Emoji Movie during the Queen’s burial.

As an alternative to airing the Queen’s funeral on Monday (19 September), Channel 5 will instead air The Emoji Movie, followed by Stuart Little, and then Ice Age.

The historic state burial of the late king will be televised by all major networks, including BBC, ITV, and Sky.

Channel 5 is showing The Emoji Movie instead of Queen’s funeral

London’s Hyde Park, Sheffield’s Cathedral Square, Birmingham’s Centenary Square, Carlisle’s Bitts Park, Edinburgh’s Holyrood Park, and Northern Ireland’s Coleraine Town Hall will all have large screens set up to view the Queen’s burial.

The funeral will be shown nationally in theatres as a way to bring people together.

Some on social media have voiced their displeasure with Channel 5’s choice to air the film starring James Corden and Patrick Stewart, which has sparked a debate.

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But there were also many who took to Twitter to express their gratitude for the channel’s focus on offering appropriate programming for kids.

In all honesty, I’m pleased to see they’re making an effort. Since most homes now have at least two televisions, both parents and kids will be able to enjoy the movie simultaneously. It would have been nice if BBC had done something similar with BBC3 a tweet was sent out.

A second viewer defended Channel 5’s decision to air The Emoji Movie during the queen’s burial, saying, “I don’t understand the criticism of Channel 5 for playing The Emoji Movie at the queen’s funeral.”

‘Channel 5 deserves a lot of credit for this,’ a third person said. The decision to devote an entire day to programming geared at children and families is a welcome reprieve from the usual fare of depressing news.

Channel 5 comes in strong for the folks with kids who don’t want to watch the funeral, another said.

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