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'Louis Theroux: Life on the Edge' Kicks Off On Sunday

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'Louis Theroux: Life on the Edge' Kicks Off On Sunday

If you, like us, can never have enough Louis Theroux in your life, you'll be happy to know that a new series from the legendary documentarian lands on BBC Two this Sunday 6th September at 9pm.

Louis Theroux: Life on the Edge is a series with a difference, though, in that it's the first retrospective of Louis' career in TV.

Delving into the Louis archives, the four-part series will look back on over 60 hours of the filmmaker and journalist's most celebrated documentaries.

From encounters with neo-Nazis to encounters with UFO hunters, viewers can expect plenty of hair-raising moments and zany characters.

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

Louis made his telly debut back on TV Nation in the mid-nineties. Since then, the journalist and film-maker has made a career out of documenting some of the world's most intriguing and divisive subcultures.

Commissioning Editor Emma Loach said Louis Theroux: Life on the Edge will "allow viewers to see Louis as they've never seen him before".

If that isn't enough to whet your appetite, the first episode will look back on Louis' earliest documentaries and explore how some people's most fervent beliefs can bring them into conflict with mainstream society.

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The BBC's description reads: "From his Weird Weekends episodes on survivalists and UFOs to his now notorious documentary about the White Aryan Resistance in California (Louis and the Nazis), Louis has always been drawn to those whose beliefs seem unusual, confused or, in some cases, abhorrent."

We'll see Louis reconnect with previous contributors like Mike Cain, who he first met in the mid 90s, having moved to the hills of Idaho and arming himself for what he saw as an inevitable war with the federal government.

The BBC say: "Over 20 years later, [Mike's] views haven't changed much - but in Donald Trump, he has a president who finally speaks to him."

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Elsewhere, Louis tracks down Lamb and Lynx, former members of white nationalist pop group, Prussian Blue, who have since rejected their former beliefs.

We can't wait to see Louis trawl through his archive (Credit: BBC)
We can't wait to see Louis trawl through his archive (Credit: BBC)

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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Louis Theroux: Life on the Edge lands on BBC Two this Sunday 6th September at 9pm.

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Topics: TV and Film, BBC, TV News, louis theroux, TV Entertainment, BBC Two

Mary-Jane Wiltsher
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