(neth) (1936-) British film and television director. Loach became known for his trenchantly realistic treatment of social issues with television dramas such as Cathy Come Home 1966, concerning the plight of homeless people.
His first film was Poor Cow 1967; its successor, Kes 1971, dealing with working-class life in the north of England, was more favorably received. During the 1970s he was mainly active in television but returned to the cinema in the early 1990s, directing Hidden Agenda 1990, about the Northern Ireland troubles, the comedy Riff Raff 1991, and Raining Stones 1993.
ETYM Old Eng. loche, French loche.
Slender freshwater fishes of Eurasia and Africa resembling catfishes.
Carplike freshwater fish, family Cobitidae, with a long narrow body, and no teeth in the small, downward-pointing mouth, which is surrounded by barbels. Loaches are native to Asian and European waters.