In an interview with the Radio Times, Loach criticised television's reliance on period drama as, "this rosy vision of the past, it's a choice broadcasters make. Don't bother your heads with what's going on now, just wallow in fake nostalgia. It's bad history, bad drama. It puts your brain to sleep."
Aside from reality TV, many of the most popular shows on British television are indeed period dramas; between the likes of Downton Abbey, Victoria, Poldark, Call the Midwife, and War and Peace - it's a genre that's become something of a UK speciality.
However, Loach argued that these programmes were, "the opposite of what a good broadcaster should do, which is stimulate and invigorate... TV drama is like the picture on the Quality Street tin, but with less quality and nothing of the street."
Furthermore, he sees it as imperative that broadcasters "diversify" to produce more regionally-controlled content; adding, "Now the drama is produced by outside production companies and horribly micro-managed. The directors I know in television say it's a nightmare. That's true for all the broadcasters, but the BBC is a rotten place for a director."
I, Daniel Blake focuses on a middle-aged widower in northern England struggling to work or claim government benefits following a crippling heart attack. Written by frequent collaborator Paul Laverty (The Angels' Share, Jimmy's Hall), the award-winner stars Dave Johns as the titular Daniel, alongside Hayley Squires and Dylan McKiernan.
The films to know about at Cannes 2016
The films to know about at Cannes 2016
Director: Pedro Almodóvar
Starring: Adriana Ugarte, Emma Suárez
What's it about? The Spanish filmmaker's 20th film is based on three short stories from Alice Munro's 2004 book, Runaway which tracks a woman's search for her missing daughter.
2/14 American Honey
Director: Andrea Arnold
Starring: Sasha Lane, Kate Mara, Shia LaBeouf
What's it about? In British filmmaker Andrea Arnold's (Red Road) American road movie - her first film set and filmed outside the UK - a teenage girl who gets caught up in a whirlwind of hard partying as she crosses the Midwest with a band of misfits.
3/14 Personal Shopper
Director: Olivier Assayas
Starring: Kristen Stewart, Lars Eidinger, Nora von Waldstätten
What's it about? Stewart reteams with French filmmaker Assayas following Clouds of Sils Maria for this ghost story set in the fashion underworld of Paris.
4/14 It's Only the End of the World
Director: Xavier Dolan
Starring: Léa Seydoux, Marion Cotillard, Vincent Cassel
What's it about? Xavier Dolan (Mommy) returns with this film based on the play Juste la fin du monde which tells the story of a terminally ill writer who returns home after 12 years to announce his impending death.
Director: Jim Jarmusch,
Starring: Adam Driver, Golshifteh Farahani
What's it about? An original film from Amazon Studios that follows Paterson, a bus driver in the city of Paterson, New Jersey who lives an inhibited life compared to that of his wife, Laura.
6/14 I, Daniel Blake
Director: Ken Loach
Starring: Dave Johns, Hayley Squires, Micky McGregor
What's it about? Written by Paul Laverty (the man behind Loach's Palme d'Or winner The Wind That Shakes the Barley, the film follows the titular protagonist, a joiner who seeks financial felp from the state following an illness.
Director: Jeff Nichols
Starring: Joel Edgerton, Michael Shannon, Marton Csokas
What's it about? Jeff Nichols' Midnight Special follow-up tracks an interracial couple based in Virginia sentenced to prison in 1958 for getting married.
8/14 The Handmaid
Director: Park Chan-wook
Starring: Kim Min-hee, Ha Jung-woo, Kim Tae-ri
What's it about? The Oldboy director's latest South Korean film follows an heiress who falls in love with a petty thief.
9/14 The Neon Demon
Director: Nicolas Winding Refn
Starring: Elle Fanning, Jena Malone, Keanu Reeves, Christina Hendricks
What's it about? Winding Refn's third consecutive film to compete for the Palme d'Or, this horror thriller follows an aspiring model who moves to Los Angeles where 'her vitality and youth are devoured by a group of beauty-obsessed women who will take any means to get what she has.'
10/14 Café Society
Director: Woody Allen
Starring: Jesse Eisenberg, Kristen Stewart, Blake Lively
What's it about? Woody Allen's latest will open the Festival. It is a New York romantic comedy set in the 1930s with a cast including Steve Carell, Parker Posey, Corey Stoll and Judy Davis.
11/14 The BFG
Director: Steven Spielberg
Starring: Mark Rylance, Rebecca Hall, Bill Hader
What's it about? Based on the Roald Dahl classic, the story follows a young girl named Sophie (Ruby Barnhill) who befriends a friendly giant.
12/14 Money Monster
Director: Jodie Foster
Starring: George Clooney, Jack O'Connell, Julia Roberts
What's it about? A money-oriented live TV show is interrupted when the presenter is taken hostage by a blue-collar worker compelled to turn to violence following his recent financial losses.
13/14 The Nice Guys
Director: Shane Black
Starring: Ryan Gosling, Russell Crowe
Reason to see: Shane Black (Kiss Kiss, Bang Bang) and his razor sharp wit return in a comedy set in 70s LA.
14/14 Captain Fantastic
Director: Matt Ross
Starring: Viggo Mortensen, Frank Langella, Kathryn Hahn
What's it about? In the forests of the Pacific Northwest, a father who devoted his life to raising his six kids with an irreverent education is forced to leave his paradise and enter the 'real' world.
The film hits UK cinemas 21 October.