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Director Ken Loach Criticizes 'Fake Nostalgia' of TV Period Dramas

British filmmaker Ken Loach has criticized British television broadcasters for indulging in a “rosy vision of the past” by airing period dramas such as Downton Abbey. Although the hit ITV period drama concluded in 2015, it has inspired a slew of costume dramas including Victoria, Poldark, Call the Midwife and War and Peace. However, the director—known for making social commentary films—believes these commissioning choices deflect from the real issues of today and encourage viewers to “wallow in fake nostalgia.
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