Happy Friday everyone, and do I have good news for you? Because the first details of Louis Theroux’s new series have arrived and they sound pretty bloody interesting.
Louis Theroux’s Altered States is a three-part series set across the pond in the US and will tackle adoption, polyamory and euthanasia.
Speaking about his return to BBC 2, Louis said: “I have always been interested in how people conduct the most intimate aspects of their lives.
“For this series we looked at the new ways Americans are approaching some of humanity’s oldest dilemmas: pregnant mums who feel unequipped to keep their babies and so pick new parents for them; the world of polyamory aka ‘ethical non-monogamy’; and people with debilitating conditions who opt to hasten their own deaths.
“All of these stories have something a touch utopian about them, involving a kind of idealism and forward thinking that brings new opportunities but also new risks.
“I have been given extraordinary levels of access to courageous people and families across the United States, many of them enduring unbelievable levels of stress and anguish, and it was a privilege to be allowed into their lives in this most personal way.”
The first episode, ‘Take My Baby’, will see Louis heading to California where adoption is a multi–million-dollar industry, with some prospective adoptive parents willing to pay up to $50,000 for a newborn baby. Louis will meet and talk to mums who are preparing to hand over their babies as well as the families who are desperate for a baby, whatever it costs.
‘Maximum Love’ will see our man investigating the world of open-relationships in Portland, Oregon – the city which boasts the motto ‘Keep Portland Weird’ and lays claim to being the US capital of polyamory and ‘ethical non-monogamy’. Anyone else really excited to see Louis’ face for this one?
In ‘Choosing Death’ Louis will be going back to California, one of the six US states that currently allows terminally ill people the option of ending their lives using prescribed drugs.
Louis will meet people who are hoping to choose their own death and their family as well as a group who provide information about ‘how to die’.
The series doesn’t have an official release date yet, but the BBC has teased that it will be ‘later this year’.
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