Viewers react as Film4 broadcasts White Christmas amid soaring temperatures

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UK viewers have reacted to Film4 broadcastingWhite Christmas amid the country’s heatwave.

The UK and other parts of Europe are set to experience a heatwave this week, with parts of the UK forecasted to reach record-breaking highs of up to 42 degrees.

On Monday (18 July) at 11am, Film4 broadcast the 1954 festive film White Christmas, seemingly in response to the soaring temperatures.

A representative for Film, however, has confirmed to The Independent that the timing of the film was a coincidence.

“The film was scheduled 10 days ago so it’s entirely coincidental that it has played out during the current heatwave but we hope viewers enjoyed it,” they said.

Regardless, TV fans have reacted to the movie being shown by the broadcaster on such a hot day.

“Quality trolling by Channel 4,” wrote one person.

Another added: “Whilst the country boils up, today’s movie on Film4 is White Christmas. Very appropriate!”


“Film 4 now showing White Christmas. Someone’s got a sense of humour,” said someone else, while another person wrote they were watching the film in the hopes of “cooling down”.

“Who at Film 4 decided to put White Christmas on today?!” questioned another.

“I see Film4 is doing its bit today and showing White Christmas as the sun reaches its zenith,” added someone else.

The musical film – which features the music of composer Irving Berlin – stars Bing Crosby, Danny Kaye, Rosemary Clooney, and Vera-Ellen.