For struggling journalists (like myself), Louis Theroux is the standard to which all should aspire, proving that even the most unorthodox of approaches can survive in such a ruthless profession.
What I mean by that is that me and that gawky yet affable documentarian share many a similarity; we’re both pretty awkward around people and look dangerously uncomfortable in anything vaguely resembling a social setting.
But that’s what makes Lanky Louis’ docs so compelling, with his candid and un-journalistic line of questioning actually yielding better and more insightful answers than other conventional journalists would manage to tease out of people.
Over the years the stick insect-like interviewer has seen it all; from neo-Nazis to paedophiles, porn-stars and Scientologists.
But now King Louis is once again turning his attention to more harrowing matters, with his upcoming three-part ‘Altered States’ series focusing on assisted suicide, adoption and polygamy, or, birth, love and death.
“I have always been interested in how people conduct the most intimate aspects of their lives,” said Theroux.
“For this series we looked at the new ways Americans are approaching some of humanity’s oldest dilemmas: pregnant mums who feel unequipped to keep their babies and so pick new parents for them; the world of polyamory aka ‘ethical non-monogamy’; and people with debilitating conditions who opt to hasten their own deaths.”
The new series is scheduled to begin on BBC2 on Sunday 4th November with ‘Love Without Limits‘, which will see Theroux travelling to Portland, Oregon to meet people who argue that monogamy is not essential to a successful relationship.
The following two episodes are called ‘Take My Baby’ and ‘Cheating Death’.
If, however, you need your Theroux fix before Sunday, you can check out the national treasure’s entire back catalogue of Beeb docs on the BBC iPlayer.
That should keep you ticking over nicely.
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