As movie marathons go, most vary what they’re viewing, but today is Groundhog Day and Sky Comedy are marking the occasion.
The quirky Pennsylvanian tradition for predicting the change of seasons with a Groundhog happens each year on the 2nd of February. Celebrated as a holiday, folklore has it that if the Groundhog emerges from his burrow whilst cloudy, spring will come early. Should the sun be shining however, then the Groundhog will see its shadow return to its home and winter will prevail for a further six weeks.
The day was made famous around the world thanks to 1993 comedy directed by Harold Ramis and starring Bill Murray in one of his career best performances. In the film Murray portrays Phil Connors, a weatherman reporting on the annual Groundhog Day celebrations, has to relive the same day over and over.
To celebrate the occasion this year U.K. satellite television provider Sky has come up with a unique idea. Beginning at 6:40am Sky Comedy will be showing Groundhog Day thirteen times in a row concluding some 24 hours later. It’ll take the biggest fan and a lot of coffee to make it through all thirteen. Who’s up for the challenge?
Groundhog Day – A weather man is reluctantly sent to cover a story about a weather forecasting “rat” (as he calls it). This is his fourth year on the story, and he makes no effort to hide his frustration. On awaking the ‘following’ day he discovers that it’s Groundhog Day again, and again, and again. First he uses this to his advantage, then comes the realisation that he is doomed to spend the rest of eternity in the same place, seeing the same people do the same thing EVERY day.