Louis Theroux returns to BBC with brand new series Forbidden America

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Louis Theroux is gearing up to return to BBC Two with brand new social media-focused documentary series Forbidden America.

Set to be released in three parts, the "provoking" outing sees the filmmaker travel across the US to explore how online platforms have allowed certain "dangerous, extreme, or morally questionable" individuals to thrive.

Photo credit: - - BBC
Photo credit: - - BBC

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From feuding young rappers to far-right groups that have found new ways of influencing through gaming and streaming services, to porn performers who have called out alleged predators within the industry, Theroux will be seen chatting to "an assortment of content creators" as he explores the effects of the "massive changes" the world has undergone in recent years.

"These three documentaries were tough to make," he explained (via the BBC). "They required delicate access conversations. They feature scenes and confrontations that are shocking and upsetting.

"But they are also powerful depictions of a world that has become strange in ways we could never have imagined just 10 years ago."

Photo credit: Thomas Trutschel - Getty Images
Photo credit: Thomas Trutschel - Getty Images

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"They show the dangers of the technotopia we all now inhabit, where extremist content can be piped directly into the phones and laptops of millions of children. They also illustrate some of the positive opportunities the new world has created by disrupting old hierarchies of power."

"It is brilliant to see Louis return with three challenging and timely films engaging with lives lived at the extremes, navigating the lines between real life and social media, between consent and exploitation and between self expression and hate," said Patrick Holland, Director of Factual, Arts and Classical Music Television. "Louis is a unique filmmaker and this trilogy promises to be a major event."

The BBC is yet to announce an air date for Forbidden America.

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