It wouldn’t be the autumn without a Louis Theroux documentary and this time a triple bill is on the menu.
Theroux had this to say about the new documentary series:
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, 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 of the series is set to focus on children adopted out of poverty for significant sums of money. The second will exploring the pleasures and jealousies surrounding the practice of polygamy, having multiple romantic partners. In the final episode Theroux will investigate the taboo subject of euthanasia.
Altered States is expected to air later in the year.