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China’s television stations have been ordered not to air shows that are “too entertaining” in the run-up to the 70th anniversary of the People’s Republic on 1 October.

China flag 13 March 2018Beijing's media regulators have ordered local television channels to choose from a list of 86 patriotic programmes, instead of airing popular costume dramas, rom-coms and variety shows. The ban also applies to so-called idol dramas, centred around a celebrity.

The approved programming instead covers "the different stages of the Chinese nation's struggle for a brighter future and sincere paeans toward the motherland, the people and heroes,” according to the Beijing News.

These shows reportedly include Lovely China (Keai de Zhongguo), which tells the story of Chinese revolutionary Fang Zhimin, and documentary show Diplomatic Situation, which promotes the PRC's foreign policy triumphs, including the UK negotiations which resulted in Hong Kong being handed back to China.

The guidelines will remain in place for at least 100 days.

"During the 100-day period, each channel is required to unify with the 'Outstanding programmes of National Radio and Television Administration to celebrate the 70th anniversary of the founding of China,'" said the State Administration of Press, Publication, Radio, Film and Television.

The approved programmes “sing praise for the country, for the people, for the heroes. They will strike a strong note of unity and of forging ahead,” said the regulator.