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Louis Theroux’s Altered States

Louis Theroux at the Church of Scientology building LA. Copyright: BBC/BBCWorldwide

By Reece Mallett | 29th October 2018 at 8:35am

Louis Theroux is returning to BBC Two later this year with his new documentary “Louis Theroux’s Altered States” (YES!). We know a lot of people will be with us when we say we absolutely love Louis Theroux’s documentaries. Louis is great character and journalist, he isn’t scared of asking the questions we’re thinking, he’s comedic, and certainly isn’t afraid to get stuck in with the activities he covers.

Altered States will explore the unusual ways modern America deals with birth, love and death. Changing social attitudes and radical new laws have transformed how Americans can experience some of life’s most intimate moments – how we raise children, how we love and even how we die.

Will Pugh films Louis Theroux and Marty Rathbun outside the studio in LA for My Scientology Movie. Copyright: BBC/BBCWorldwide

Louis said: “I have always been interested in how people conduct the most intimate aspects of their lives. 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.

All of these stories have something a touch utopian about them, involving a kind of idealism and forward thinking that brings new opportunities but also new risks. I have been given extraordinary levels of access to courageous people and families across the United States, many of them enduring unbelievable levels of stress and anguish, and it was a privilege to be allowed into their lives in this most personal way.

We cannot wait till the 3-part series airs and we’ll update the article with the air date as soon as we know it!


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