Louis Theroux returns with three new documentaries

Virgin Radio

27 Sep 2021, 14:42

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The famed documentarian is producing a three part documentary series for the BBC.

Louis Theroux is returning to BBC Two for a brand new documentary Forbidden America. The three part series will look at the impact the internet and social media have had on different aspects of American society. Theroux will dive into the darkest corners of the internet in the new documentaries.

The first episode is an exploration of far right extremism and online radicalism. Theroux will meet the deeply racist and misogynist online communities who have fueled the alt-right, from Q-Anon to the Capitol Hill riots. The second episode looks at the online world of rap and hip-hop artists in the southern US, from musical feuds to the pressure of a 24/7 digitally connected world. The final episode will focus on online sex workers, as Theroux speaks to pornstars and other creators of sexually explicit digital content.

Theroux said: “The world has gone through massive changes in the last few years, in particular from the effects of social media. This new series looks at the way those changes have affected people in America who are in different ways involved in dangerous, extreme, or ‘morally questionable’ lifestyles.”

Patrick Holland, the BBC’s Director, Factual, Arts and Classical Music Television, said: “It is brilliant to see Louis return with three challenging and timely films. Louis is a unique filmmaker and this trilogy promises to be a major event.”

Louis Theroux is known for his hard hitting and sometimes controversial documentaries, where he steps into insular or extremist communities to get an insider’s perspective on who the people involved really are. Some of his best known BBC Two specials are The Most Hated Family In America, where he visits the intensely homophobic Westboro Baptist Church, and Louis Theroux: Behind Bars, where he visits one of America’s most notorious prisons.

Speaking of his new documentary series, Theroux said: "These three documentaries were tough to make. They required delicate access conversations. They feature scenes and confrontations that are shocking and upsetting. But they are also powerful depictions of a world that has become strange in ways we could never have imagined just 10 years ago.”

"They show the dangers of the technotopia we all now inhabit, where extremist content can be piped directly into the phones and laptops of millions of children. But they also illustrate some of the positive opportunities the new world has created by disrupting old hierarchies of power. I’m very proud of all three programmes and hope viewers will find them as thought provoking to watch as I did making them.”