Channel 5 airs Emoji Movie as Queens funeral dominates other channels

Channel 5 have been praised for airing children's films during the funeral of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II on Monday 19 September.

While most TV channels are airing the funeral of the Queen, Channel 5 decided to air The Emoji Movie instead of the Queen's funeral, followed by Stuart Little and Ice Age.

Following their decision, fans have taken to Twitter to praise Channel 5 for the alternative approach, claiming they don't understand the criticism behind it.

One wrote: "Really don’t understand the criticism of Channel 5 for showing The Emoji Movie, Stuart Little etc during the queen’s funeral.

"What are kids of families who don’t have paid TV/streaming supposed to do otherwise, sit and watch white people in suits look overly sad for 6 hours."

Another said: "Shoutout to Channel 5 for scheduling the Emoji movie when the funeral is on every other channel."

A third wrote: "BBC One – Queen funeral, BBC Two – Queen funeral, ITV Network – Queen funeral, Sky Network – Queen funeral, Channel 4 – Queen documentary and Channel 5 – The Emoji Movie."

A fourth supported the idea as they shared: "To be fair, it's good to see them doing something like this. Most families will have 2 TVs so adults can watch it and children watch the film.

"It's a shame BBC aren't doing something similar with BBC3."

"Almost every channel is showing the funeral but channel 5 is playing… *squints* the emoji movie and stuart little?" another asked.

People can also watch the funeral on big screens, bringing local communities together to say goodbye to the Queen, who died on September 8 at Balmoral.

This includes cinemas across the UK as well as London’s Hyde Park, Sheffield’s Cathedral Square, Birmingham’s Centenary Square, Carlisle’s Bitts Park, Edinburgh’s Holyrood Park and Coleraine Town Hall in Northern Ireland.

The funeral saw Prince George and Princess Charlotte looking "relaxed" as they joined their parents the Prince and Princess of Wales to say goodbye to the Queen.

Body language expert Adrienne Carter told the Daily Star: "First glimpses of George and Charlotte and they seem relaxed and not too strained at all. Kate does keep a watchful eye on the children as they exit the car."

George, nine, sported a navy blue suit, his seven year old sister wore a black hat and coat while attending the ceremony at Westminster Abbey.

King Charles III and the Queen Consort walked behind the coffin, and Princess Anne and Vice Admiral Sir Tim Laurence followed behind.

Prince Andrew walked behind his sister and brother-in-law, and stood in front of Prince Edward and Sophie, the Countess of Wessex.


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