New Louis Theroux Documentary Deals With "The Most Disturbing Aspect Of American Society"


I’m not ashamed to admit that I have a huge man-crush on Louis Theroux.

The gawky journalist makes some of the most compelling documentaries on TV, and never fails to remain candid, unflappable, and inquisitive, even when interviewing some of the most weird and wonderful people in society.

The documentarian has probed and prodded everyone from neo-Nazis, to paedophiles, porn stars and Scientologists, but now he’s back with a brand new show that sounds as heartbreaking as ever.

The awkward interviewer returns on Sunday 8th October with Louis Theroux: Dark States – Heroin Town which will examine drug use and addiction in America, particularly with prescription painkillers.

The episode will follow addicts in Huntington, West Virginia, a town with a fatal overdose rate that’s 13 times the national average. Shockingly, one in ten babies born there are already hooked on opiates after their mothers abused drugs during pregnancy.

The BBC describes it as follows:

“America’s love affair with prescription painkillers has led to widespread dependency on opiates. But following a crackdown on their over-prescription, where does this leave the two million Americans who have developed a habit for these high-strength painkillers?

With the pills now becoming increasingly expensive and scarce on the black market, vast numbers of Americans have turned to the cheaper and stronger opiate: heroin. The drug now claims more lives in the US than either car accidents or gun crime. And, for the first time in over two decades, life expectancy in the US is declining – largely attributed to the rise in fatal heroin overdoses.”

Louis Theroux: Dark States – Heroin Town is the first of three documentaries in a new series which sees Louis tackling a range of issues.

The second, Murder in Milwaukee, will see Louis spending time with homicide cops in a city where the murder rate is 12 times the US average.

Whilst there, he speaks to families and activists at a time of heightened racial tensions after two police shootings.

The third, Sex Trafficking Houston, will focus on the complex relationships between prostitutes and their pimps in a city where sex trafficking is rife.

Speaking to The Independent earlier this year, Theroux said:

“I immerse myself in some of the most dysfunctional and disturbing aspects of American society. 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.”

Sounds like must see TV.

Images via BBC / Giphy

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