Oh no, you’re thinking, what am I to do? On Sunday, Louis Theroux’s Dark States finishes, and there will be a big void left in my weekends. What can I possibly do on Sunday nights now that there’s no more Louis to watch?
Let me tell you exactly what you’re going to do, friend, you’re going to… watch more Louis Theroux.
Yes, even though Louis’ three-part miniseries in America will end on Sunday with Murder in Milwaukee, he isn’t ready to desert us just yet. The following Sunday, 29 October, he’ll be back with a new documentary in which he explores anorexia - this time on our side of the Atlantic.
The show will be called Louis Theroux: Talking to Anorexia, and will be broadcast on BBC Two at 9pm.
The BBC says: “Anorexia, the pathological fear of eating and gaining weight, is now the most deadly mental illness in the UK, affecting around one in every 250 women at some point in their lives.
“In recent years, the number of people being admitted to hospital because of their condition has risen dramatically. With many struggling to make a full recovery, being diagnosed with the eating disorder can sometimes mean a life-long battle.
“As [Louis] spends more time with patients he witnesses the dangerous power that anorexia holds over them, leaving some unsure about whether recovery is achievable or even wanted. And as Louis seeks to understand what lies behind this mysterious illness, he finds himself drawn into a complex relationship between the disorder and the person it inhabits.”
Louis will spend time at two of the UK’s largest clinics that deal with anorexia and other eating disorders, St Ann’s hospital in north London, and Vincent Square Clinic in Chelsea.
He will spend time with women suffering at all different stages of the illness, from those in the most desperate of situations to those in recovery.
In the meantime, we have Louis’ final Dark States instalment, Murder in Milwaukee, to look forward to this coming Sunday (22 October).
The synopsis for the show states: “Milwaukee is said to be one of the most racially divided and impoverished cities in the US. With spiralling gun crime and homicide rates, this Midwestern city encapsulates America’s complex and troubled relationship with guns and the increasing disharmony between African-American communities and the police.
“Louis spends time with the Milwaukee Police Department as they patrol District 5 - home to some of the nation’s deadliest streets and with a homicide rate more than 12 times the national average - and follows the Homicide division as they investigate one of the city’s many killings. He also embeds with a family who have recently lost a loved one to gun crime, and meets a local social activist, once a criminal and gang leader herself, who has turned her life around and is coming up with her own solution to the blight of gun crime. On the streets of Milwaukee, Louis discovers a community often misunderstood by, and mistrustful of, the police.
“Arriving at a time of heightened tension between the police and the African American community due to a recent police shooting, Louis hears from both sides of the debate and uncovers hope in a desperate city.”
While this is all a far cry from his days of wrestling, porn and gangsta rap, we’re still very excited to see Louis get his teeth into these topics.