Louis Theroux has announced plans for three new BBC Two documentaries, and revealed the topics that he’ll be covering.
Despite initial speculation that he would be making a programme about President Donald Trump, Louis will be steering clear of the White House, although he will be focussing on the USA.
“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.”
Here are the episode titles and details:
1. ‘Murder In Milwaukee’
The Independent has said this film will see Louis visit the city shortly after two police shootings have taken place, meeting both the police and families and activists from the African-American community affected.
2. ‘Sex Trafficking Houston’ (working title)
Houston is seen as the main location for sex trafficking in the US, and Louis will meet with the women who have been trafficked as well as the police trying to stop it, before visiting a county jail.
3. ‘Opiate City’
The third and final show will investigate the growing issue of prescription drug addictions in Huntington, West Virginia.
Patrick Holland, BBC Two’s Channel Editor, tells the paper: “This is so exciting. It is always a real event to have a new series from Louis on BBC Two.
Louis’s most recent BBC documentaries explored issues closer to home, and he received a huge response to the ‘Drinking To Oblivion’, which was an incredibly eye-opening exploration of alcoholism and the everyday struggle of those with substance abuse issues.
This is far from the first time he’s travelled to the US to film, and his previous Stateside projects have seen him do a huge variety of things in the name of journalism, including moving into a Nevada Brothel and attempting to chase down interview time with Michael Jackson.
The BBC are yet to confirm when the episodes will air.