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"Elf" Will Not Be Shown On Channel 4 This Christmas

Sky Movies have acquired the rights to the festive favourite.

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The Channel 4 screening of Elf has become a British tradition in recent years.

As the Guardian's Stuart Heritage points out: "Usually shown on a Sunday afternoon around the second weekend of December, Elf was the sign that Christmas had well and truly arrived. Sweet without being saccharine, nostalgic while being completely current, and laugh-out-loud funny even after repeated viewings, Will Ferrell's turn as Buddy the Elf was the perfect way to usher in the festive season."
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As the Guardian's Stuart Heritage points out:

"Usually shown on a Sunday afternoon around the second weekend of December, Elf was the sign that Christmas had well and truly arrived. Sweet without being saccharine, nostalgic while being completely current, and laugh-out-loud funny even after repeated viewings, Will Ferrell's turn as Buddy the Elf was the perfect way to usher in the festive season."

But now all that is set to change.

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Because as the paper points out, this has happened.

ELF is exclusively on Sky Movies this Christmas! Hope you can join us for candy, candy canes, candy corns and syrup. http://t.co/5ukLzfettY

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ELF is exclusively on Sky Movies this Christmas! Hope you can join us for candy, candy canes, candy corns and syrup. http://t.co/5ukLzfettY

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Which makes Rupert Murdoch, quite literally, the Grinch who stole Christmas.

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But only for Sky subscribers :(((