Louis Theroux curates a documentary series for iPlayer

Stephanie Chase
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Louis Theroux will be letting us dive inside his mind this summer as he curates a documentary series for BBC iPlayer.

Theroux has gone through the BBC archives and selected the films that have moved, entertained and influenced him.

The series will be accompanied by a new film, Louis Theroux: Docs That Made Me, where he explains why he chose each of the documentaries and how they have inspired his work.

Speaking about the project, Theroux said: "It is an absolute privilege to be able to be part of sharing these wonderful, powerful documentaries. Each of them had an impact on me in a different way.

"They cover a range of styles – some vérité-driven, others told more through interview – but in all of them you see life at its most raw, its most strange and therefore its most human. I hope BBC iPlayer viewers enjoy them as much as I have."

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The oldest doc in the collection is 1975's Inside Story: Mini, which follows an 11-year-old arsonist who twice attempted to burn down his parents' house.

There's also 1987's Fourteen Days In May, about Edward Earl Johnson, a man on Florida's death row who is approaching his execution date while appealing his sentence in the US courts.

Of Fourteen Days In May, Theroux said: "Many documentaries that are terrific come and go but this one is one that I think most people involved in documentaries will have seen and would agree that it's a powerful and important piece of storytelling."

The full list of docs is as follows:

  • Inside Story: Mini (1975)
  • Fourteen Days In May (1987)
  • Storyville: Philip And His Seven Wives (2006)
  • Rain In My Heart (2006)
  • Between Life And Death (2010)
  • Exposed: Magicians, Psychics & Frauds (2014)
  • Life And Death Row - Truth (2016)

The Louis Theroux: Docs That Made Me collection is now available to watch on BBC iPlayer.

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