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BBC Two Announces Brand New Series 'Louis Theroux: Life on the Edge'

BBC Two Announces Brand New Series 'Louis Theroux: Life on the Edge'

Heads up fellow Louis Theroux fanatics: a brand-new four-part series delving into 25-years' worth of the legendary documentarian's work is coming to BBC Two.

The channel today announced that Louis Theroux: Life on the Edge (a working title, FYI) will look back on over 60 hours of Louis' most celebrated documentaries.

According to Commissioning Editor Emma Loach, the personal series "will allow viewers to see Louis as they've never seen him before" - um, yes please!

Over the course of his career, the fan-favourite broadcaster has come face-to-face with neo-Nazis, murderers and sex traffickers, always maintaining his nerdy brand of cool.

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We've watched him explore subcultures and meet people on the fringes of society, many of whom make controversial lifestyle choices.

According to the BBC, the new series "will feature interviews with Louis, as well as new conversations and catch-ups between him and some of his most notable contributors - many of whose stories have since unfolded in unexpected ways."

There's no air date confirmed yet - but we'll update you as soon as we hear more.

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The documentary presenter has also trawled his own home movie footage and news archive to "tell stories about human psychology, the myriad of ways in which people behave or deal with adversity, and how the world has changed over the last three decades".

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Talking about the upcoming series, Louis
Theroux said: "For years I've wanted to go back and make sense of the programmes I've made, find out what happened to some of the contributors, update their stories, and see what all these many hours of making TV might add up to. Lockdown gave me the time and space to do this.

"It's been a strange and fascinating couple of months working on this, and especially fun to dig through old episodes of Weird Weekends - programmes I made in the mid-nineties, when the world was a very different place. I'm really proud of what we've been able to do with this new series.

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"I think we've been able to make the whole add up to more than the sum of the parts and to bring out surprising themes and commonalities. And, if nothing else, it was an interesting review of how my haircuts and glasses have changed over the years."

The new series will look back on over 60 hours of Louis' most celebrated documentaries (Credit: BBC)
The new series will look back on over 60 hours of Louis' most celebrated documentaries (Credit: BBC)

Arron Fellows serves as Executive Producer and Tom Barrow as Series Director. The series is made by Mindhouse Productions.

Emma Loach, Commissioning Editor, said: "Underpinning Louis' journalism is a personal touch to his documentaries - an ability, using humour, to get past people's outer layers and to discover their underlying vulnerability, grief and humanity.

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"This personal, introspective series will allow viewers to see Louis as they've never seen him before as he reflects on his fascinating and varied career."

Anyone else extremely hyped for this one?

Featured Image Credit: BBC Two

Topics: TV and Film, BBC, TV News, TV Entertainment

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