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Ian Hislop's Fake News - A True History

Fake news is never out of today's headlines. But in this latest of Ian Hislop's acclaimed documentaries for the BBC taking the long view of a hot-button issue, the satirist and journalist discovers fake news raking in cash or wreaking havoc long before our own confused, uncertain times. By looking to history, Ian hopes to identify what motivates fake news - from profit, power and politics to prejudice, paranoia and propaganda – as well as figure out what to do about it. In America and back home Ian meets, amongst others, someone whose fake news stories have reached millions and a victim of fakery alleged to be a mastermind of the spurious ‘Pizzagate conspiracy’.

  • Peter Sweasey
  • Archie Baron
  • Ian Hislop
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    60 minutes
  • Completion Date:
    October 7, 2019
  • Country of Origin:
    United Kingdom
  • Country of Filming:
    United Kingdom, United States
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  • TVF International
    Country: Worldwide
    Rights: All Rights
Director Biography - Peter Sweasey

Peter Sweasey is a British director who has specialised in entertaining films about history and arts for the last twenty years - among them How to Be Bohemian, The Twelve Days of Tudor Christmas, The Brits Who Built the Modern World, Music and Monarchy, Victorian Bakers and Dancing With Titian.

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