12 May, 2018 @ 14:00
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New TV series based on Spanish Civil War whips up Twitter storm

New TV series based on Spanish Civil War whips up Twitter storm
David Simon attend the premiere of the HBO Original Series "The Deuce" on Thursday, Sept. 7, 2017, in New York.

A LEADING American TV producer has been forced to deny he is stirring up political conflict with a new show about an American battalion fighting in the Spanish Civil War.

The Wire creator David Simon has based his series A Dry Run on a group of Americans who came to fight against former dictator Franco in the 1930s.

Created in collaboration with Barcelona-based Mediapro, it tells of the bravery of the legion, who fought for the democratically-elected Republic.

However, Simon has been accused of ‘trying to start another civil war’ by various Twitter followers.

One described it as a ‘very sad episode…which should not be taken lightly.’

Simon, however, defended the series insisting that while he was aware that ‘many in Spain preferred no reflections on the past’, as a journalist he did not agree.

His critically-acclaimed show The Wire was described as ‘the best TV series ever’ by the Guardian.

The Civil War and Franco dictatorship remain a deeply sensitive issue in Spain, with recent events in Catalunya leading to accusations of the government being fascist.

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