China bans time travel on TV and at the cinema

Broadcasters and programme makers will have to tread carefully after the State Administration of Radio, Film and Television (Sarft) issued a warning about the way shows were treating the past.

'Many stories are totally made up and are made to strain for an effect of novelty. The producers and writers are treating serious history in a frivolous way, which should by no means be encouraged any longer,' Li Jingsheng, head of television drama at Sarft, said.

It has been stressed that the censorship is not an outright ban but rather a clamping down, which means programme makers will have to adhere to stricter rules.

Professor Nie Wei, of the School of Movie and Television Drama Studies, at Shanghai University, told the Guardian scripts for popular drama The Palace, which is about a 21st century girl who is sent back to the Qing dynasty, are being rewritten in time for the next series.

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