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Airing on BBC2, ‘Dark States’ will see Theroux visit three American cities to explore a devastating human crisis that dominates each, with last night’s episode focusing on heroin addiction.
The documentary-maker travelled to Huntington, West Virgina, as he investigated the impact that the Class A drug has in the city, meeting people who have been long-term heroin users as well as a newborn baby who had to be weaned off the drug.
Theroux exposed the way that heroin use has increased among residents following a crackdown on prescription painkillers, with some turning to heroin in order to get their high at a fraction of the cost of prescription opioid medication.
BBC viewers were left “shocked” and “devastated” by the episode, with many admitting that they had found it “uncomfortable” to watch, however, fans also flocked to social media to praise the way that Theroux carried the documentary and his sympathetic approach to the addicts, even asking why the 47-year-old filmmaker hasn’t been knighted yet:
How's Louis Theroux not being knighted yet
— Joshua James (@Bridgey1990) October 8, 2017
#LouisTheroux is just brilliant. If he made a documentary on water boiling I'd watch it…….and then tell all my mates to watch it.
— Ray Moran (@moranraymondo) October 8, 2017
If there is one thing in life you can trust.. it's that Louis Theroux will always bring out a smashing documentary
— Ellie (@EllieMorgan10) October 8, 2017
— Graham Peacock (@revgpp) October 8, 2017
Louis Theroux is a master interviewer. Always says the right thing at the right time in an unrehearsed environment. Master.
— Matt (@VivaElneny) October 8, 2017
Louis Theroux time how hasn't he been knighted yet ?
— chris lampett (@Lampett88) October 8, 2017
Bloody hard watch this. Louis Theroux is nailing it again. Allowing this sad story to be told without pressure or bias. #DarkStates
— Ian Weymouth (@burtmacklin25) October 8, 2017
Over the next two weeks ‘Dark States’ will also explore sex trafficking and murder in America.
Louis Theroux: Dark States airs on Sunday’s at 9pm on BBC Two.