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British TV channel is showing ‘The Emoji Movie’ instead of the Queen’s funeral

By Rachel West.

Queen Elizabeth II’s funeral is set to be one of the most-watched TV events of all time… but it won’t be seen on Britain’s Channel 5.

Instead of showing the monarch’s historic funeral live, the British broadcaster opted to show the 2017 film, ‘The Emoji Movie’.

The only major broadcaster in the UK not to show the Queen’s funeral live on Monday, Channel 5 has opted for children’s counter-programming with programming that includes ‘The Emoji Movie’, ‘Stuart Little’, ‘Ice Age: Dawn Of The Dinosaurs”, and “Singing”.

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Featuring a voice cast that includes Anna Faris, James Corden, Maya Rudolph and Jennifer Coolidge, the critically acclaimed “Movie Emoji” holds a 6% “rotten” rating on Rotten Tomatoes.

On this National Nourning Day in the UK, UK viewers took to Twitter to mock the lineup and, in particular, the choice of film.

Channel 5, which airs children’s content every morning, has been praised by others for including youth-friendly counter-programming as schools are closed for the National Day.