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Louis Theroux Has Got Three More Documentaries For Us And They Look Amazing

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Louis Theroux Has Got Three More Documentaries For Us And They Look Amazing

Louis Theroux, that guy who makes documentaries about important stuff and asks the questions we all wish we had the balls to, has gone and done it again. Three times over. Like a total boss.

The journalist is famed for challenging the 'most hated family in America' - aka the Westboro Baptist Church, about their extreme homophobic views and relentless picketing at fallen soldiers' funerals.

Watch Louis attend a protest rally in Kansas, in the video below.

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Then he went and questioned the notoriously secret cult, Scientology, and his dogged persistence to find out what really goes on at the church's headquarters produced one of his most surprising documentaries yet.

So, we all know his calibre. But what is he going to expose and who is he going to piss off next?

Well, his focus is America and the challenges it faces right now.

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In three upcoming films set to screen on BBC Two later this year - 'Murder in Milwaukee', 'Sex Trafficking Houston' and 'Opiate City' - Louis will immerse himself in the 'uniquely devastating challenges' currently facing America.

"I immerse myself in some of the most dysfunctional and disturbing aspects of American society," Theroux told the Independent. "They combine hard-hitting actuality with intimate interviews."

He added: "I have been granted access to the police in several states; I've got to know the people affected by crime - and I've also spent time with the perpetrators of crime, with the idea of understanding the causes of it, both on a systemic level and also in a very personal way."

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We'll get Louis-style access to police activity in a number of America's toughest and impoverished states.

Tensions between police and the African-American community in Milwaukee is at an all-time high, following two police shootings.

In 'Murder in Milwaukee', Louis, always looking to give us both sides of the story, meets with both the Milwaukee Police Department's homicide division as they patrol District 5 - where the homicide average is over 12 times the national average - and with families and local social activists in the area.

He interviews prostitutes in 'Sex Trafficking Houston' and explores their relationship with pimps and how they function in the sex industry world.

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We'll discover just how screwed up the system for sex workers appears to be as Louis meets with law enforcement and the county jail, discovering a criminal justice system conflicted between helping women leave that lifestyle behind while also criminalising them.

The final documentary in Louis' trio was shot on location in Huntington, West Virginia, where one in 10 babies are reportedly born addicted to opiates and the fatal overdose rate is 13 times the national average. Incredible stats.

Addiction to prescription painkillers is a bit of an epidemic in the States but a crackdown on over-subscription has led to a population dependent on opiates, particularly heroin.

BBC Two's Channel Editor, Patrick Holland, said: "This is so exciting. It is always a real event to have a new series from Louis on BBC Two. This trilogy promises to be hugely timely and challenging; it has never been more important to engage with the forces shaping modern America."

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We don't know about you, but these films sound brilliant. Louis Theroux strikes again.

Featured Image Credit: PA Images

Topics: BBC, Documentaries, louis theroux, TV

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