Channel 5 are airing The Emoji Movie followed by other children’s films, Stuart Little and Ice Age 3, during the Queen’s funeral today.
The monumental event, which is expected to become the most watched global broadcast in history with an approximate 4.1 billion people tuning in, is taking place today following the Queen’s death at Balmoral on September 9 aged 96, after a reign of more than 70 years.
While the event will be covered by BBC, ITV and Sky News, Channel 5 is opting for something different, and is actually the only major broadcaster not to be airing something related to The Queen.
While Channel 4 will not be broadcasting the funeral, it will be showing the 1953 documentary A Queen Is Crowned.
The Emoji Movie features the likes of James Corden and Patrick Stewart has a surprisingly low rating on Rotten Tomatoes, with only six percent, and a 3.3/10 rating on IMDb.
After other children’s TV shows including Thomas & Friends, Channel 5 will play The Emoji Movie at 11.10, followed by Stuart Little at 12.30, Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs at 13.50 and Sing at 15.20 before the news.
How to watch the Queen’s state funeral and which channel is it on?
The Queen’s state funeral will be able to watch live across the BBC and ITV.
The BBC’s coverage will play across television, radio, iPlayer, and BBC Sounds, with Huw Edwards at the helm, alongside colleagues Kirsty Young, Fergal Keane, David Dimbleby, and Sophie Raworth.
The corporation’s output will begin at 8am and will air until 5pm on BBC One, BBC Two, and iPlayer with BSL signed coverage on BBC Two.
ITV will run live, uninterrupted coverage of the Queen’s state funeral from 9.30am.
Its coverage will be preceded by a special preview on Good Morning Britain and followed by a documentary chronicling the lead-up to the event, expected to be the largest outside broadcast in the corporation’s history.
A program focusing on the funeral will follow, as well as an extended News At Ten.
All the day’s programming, from 6am to midnight, will be broadcast simultaneously on the main channel and five digital channels and the ITV Hub – the first time the broadcaster has done so.
Viewers have been left pretty amused by Channel 5’s broadcasting schedule, with one writing: ‘Actually that’s a smart move. All the kids off school, don’t want to be sat watching the funeral.. so yeah.. a lot of adults too.. enjoy The Emoji Movie people.’
Someone else wrote: ‘Channel 5 airing *The Emoji Movie* of all things tomorrow while every single other channel airs the Queen’s funeral is peak British TV and it may honestly make me watch it which is something I never thought I’d be saying again .’
Others compared Channel 5’s film choices to ‘Christmas Day,’ with one writing: ‘Every channel is showing the funeral tomorrow apart from @channel5_tv they’ve got The Emoji Movie, Stuart Little and Ice Age on like it’s Christmas Day.’
Channel 4 will be airing the 1953 documentary A Queen Is Crowned, narrated by Sir Laurence Olivier, which has previously been nominated for an Oscar.
A Channel 4 spokesman said to Metro.co.uk: ‘On the day Britain says farewell to its longest serving monarch, Channel 4 will be airing A Queen Is Crowned, the classic 1953 documentary about her coronation, so that viewers can experience both the beginning and end of her remarkable reign.
‘Following the service, Channel 4 will also broadcast two extended editions of Channel 4 News as well as the 1943 Vera Lynn film, We’ll Meet Again.’
The Queen’s coffin has been lying in state in Westminster Hall since 3pm on Wednesday, arriving after the Royal Family accompanied her on foot in an emotional final farewell to Buckingham Palace.
The late monarch has been lying in state for four days, as the nation says goodbye at her funeral today.
The day has been declared a national bank holiday in the UK so people can watch the service and pay their respects to Her Majesty, with a two-minute silence to be held at 11.55am.
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