Olympics 2012 opening ceremony: Oscars all round for a spectacular feelgood fantasy of modern Britain

Melanie Phillips The Daily Mail [UK] 29 July 2012

…we had for starters a bucolic scene of merry medieval peasants, and men playing cricket — giving way to a stunningly produced but deeply tendentious image of cloth-capped workers slaving in the inferno of the Industrial Revolution.

But life in the Middle Ages wasn’t a rural […]