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Louis Theroux’s final ‘Dark States’ episode looks like it’ll be awesome

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It’s been a joy to have Louis Theroux back in our lives these last few weeks, but we have some bad news for you: this coming weekend will see him leave us again.

Yes, this Sunday (22 October), BBC Two will broadcast the third and final instalment of the Dark States trilogy.

Luckily, based on the two episodes that have already gone out - and a new teaser trailer which has just been released - it’s going to be another cracker.

It’s called Louis Theroux: Murder in Milwaukee and it sees our unassuming hero tackling an issue which is front page news practically permanently: gun crime.

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.”

Take a look at the, frankly terrifying, clip below:

The second show, Louis Theroux: Dark States - Trafficking Sex, which was broadcast on Sunday (15 October) was a fascinating look into the world of prostitution and pimping in Houston, Texas, and included this exchange with a former pimp who was serving a long term in jail. The whole episode can be watched on iPlayer here.

Meanwhile, the first episode, Louis Theroux: Dark States - Heroin Town, saw Louis head to West Virginia to investigate the growing, and deadly, issue of America’s love affair with heroin.

You can watch two clips below, and the full thing is available on iPlayer here.

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