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Theroux (5)

Illustration (c) Peter Rhodes

Documentary filmmaker Louis Theroux was born in Singapore and grew up in Catford. After starting out as a journalist on an alternative free weekly newspaper in California, he later moved into documentaries.

For his Bafta-winning series Weird Weekends, which first aired in 1998, the broadcaster – known for his affable yet direct style – explored the worlds of marginal, mostly American subcultures, from swingers to shopping channels.

In When Louis Met…, which scooped him a second Bafta, he spent time with a range of famous (and notorious) British public figures going about their day-to-day lives. American prisons, child psychiatry, scientology and plastic surgery are just a handful of the other topics he has explored.




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