Advert

Latest

21 minutes ago
Advert
an hour ago
Advert

Most Popular

3 hours ago
Advert

You Can Watch Louis Theroux's Doc On 'Tiger King' Joe Exotic On BBC iPlayer Now

You Can Watch Louis Theroux's Doc On 'Tiger King' Joe Exotic On BBC iPlayer Now

If you've binge-watched your way through Netflix's latest - and utterly bizarre - true crime series, Tiger King, listen up!

BBC iPlayer is also streaming a Louis Theroux documentary from nine years ago, America's Most Dangerous Pets which features Joe Exotic himself.

Combining two things we're obsessed with - this, bonkers story - and Louis *insert heart eyes emoji* it's a must watch in lockdown.

Advert

If you haven't spent several hours binging Tiger King on Netflix already, it's about a man named Joseph Maldonado-Passage (aka Joe Exotic) - a big cat owner and country western singer who presides over a zoo in Oklahoma.

Maldonado-Passage is obsessed with tigers and has a passion for big cats in general, as does his circle of drug kingpins, conmen and cult leaders who work with him at the zoo.

The true crime series focusses on Joe Exotic, a big cat owner and country western singer (Credit: Netflix)
The true crime series focusses on Joe Exotic, a big cat owner and country western singer (Credit: Netflix)

But when Carole Baskin, an animal activist and sanctuary owner threatens their business, things take a very dark turn and the pair embark on a long and twisted rivalry. It ends in Joe being arrested - and convicted - for two counts of murder-for-hire.

Advert

Viewers have been describing the show as "f***ing mental" with many wishing they hadn't binge-watched it all so quickly into social distancing.

But, if like us, you've been left wanting to hear more about the mayhem and drama, you can now watch Louis Theroux's take from 2011.

More Like ThisMore Like This

1 of 6
You Can Now Buy A 'Tiger King' Inspired Joe Exotic Crochet Kit
Life

You Can Now Buy A 'Tiger King' Inspired Joe Exotic Crochet Kit

During the documentary, Louis was shown around Joe Exotic's zoo and in one harrowing clip, Maldonado-Passage says he would "shoot Louis in the head" if he was attacked by a lion during the visit, because it would be "more humane".

Louis looked pretty shocked when Joe Exotic said he would have to shoot him if he was attacked (Credit: BBC Two)
Louis looked pretty shocked when Joe Exotic said he would have to shoot him if he was attacked (Credit: BBC Two)
Advert

"If he was to get you, he would not kill you and eat you right away. He's going to torment you," he told Louis.

"If you were to get in there and I was trying to get you out, he would be on top of you covering you up because you're his. I would just shoot you, it would be more humane [...] because I'm not going to get you back."

Addressing tweets about the 'tiger king' earlier this year, Louis tweeted: "Seeing quite a few tweets about this. Yes, he's the guy we featured in our doc America's Most Dangerous Pets."

Advert


And it's reported that Louis' doc is just as bizarre as Tiger King, with one person calling it "just as nuts" - although many of the harrowing events that unfold in the Netflix true-crime series hadn't occurred all those years ago.

It still provides another look into the bizarre story however, and the best part is, it's currently available on BBC iPlayer. We know what we're watching tonight...

Featured Image Credit: BBC

Topics: TV News, louis theroux, Netflix

Lucy Devine

Lucy is a journalist working for Tyla. After graduating with a master's degree in journalism, she has worked in both print and online and is particularly interested in fashion, food, health and women's issues. Northerner, coffee addict, says hun a lot. Get in touch at [email protected]