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​Louis Theroux Ends Partnership With BBC Studios To Launch Mindhouse Productions

​Louis Theroux Ends Partnership With BBC Studios To Launch Mindhouse Productions

Over the past two decades, Louis Theroux has cemented himself as one of the world's favourite documentarians, having been unafraid to delve into strangest of sub-cultures to provide us with some top-notch telly.

He's taken on everything from the neo-Nazis, the Westboro Baptist Church and Scientology through to Michael Jackson, Jimmy Savile and Neil and Christine Hamilton, proving he's able to tackle pretty much any subject matter and people from all walks of life.

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But change is afoot, as Theroux is set to end his long-standing relationship with BBC Studios to launch his very own production company Mindhouse Productions alongside his executive producer Arron Fellows.

Arron Fellows and Louis Theroux. Credit: PA
Arron Fellows and Louis Theroux. Credit: PA

According to Deadline, Theroux and Fellows will own 40 percent apiece of the company, while TV director Nancy Strang - who also happens to be Theroux's wife - will take a 20 percent stake.

The new company will end Theroux's 21-year contractual relationship with BBC Studios, which has been behind his projects ever since the launch of the Weird Weekends series back in 1998.

Mind you, that's not to say you won't ever see him on the BBC again - with the public service broadcaster quick to play down any suggestions that Theroux might be next in line to sign with a US rival, as Fleabag and Killing Eve writer Phoebe Waller-Bridge did with Amazon recently.

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Implying that the Beeb's relationship with the documentary maker could well continue, a BBC spokeswoman said: "Louis and the BBC have a strong and long-standing relationship.

"We look forward to continuing to work together and already have exciting projects in development for next year."

Louis Theroux revisiting Westboro Baptist Church. Credit: BBC
Louis Theroux revisiting Westboro Baptist Church. Credit: BBC

A spokeswoman for BBC Studios added: "We are really proud of the programmes we have made with Louis, including the Bafta award-winning Altered States and the recent highly acclaimed Mothers on the Edge.

"We love working with him and hope to again in the near future."

Theroux, 49, had confirmed he was setting up his own venture at the Edinburgh International Television Festival back in August.

There, he joked that he might end up calling it 'Theroux the Looking Glass' (disappointed he didn't, tbh), and said the production company would make documentaries with and without him as frontman.

He said at the time: "We will make shows that are similar to the sorts of things I've done in the past but not necessarily with me in it - first-person docs that go to extremes and also stories without me that cover similar terrain."

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Jess Hardiman

Jess is a journalist at LADbible who graduated from Manchester University with a degree in Film Studies, English Language and Linguistics - indecisiveness at its finest, right there. She also works for FOODbible and its sister page Seitanists, which are both a safe haven for her to channel a love for homemade pasta, fennel and everything else in between. You can contact Jess at [email protected]