Louis Theroux to tackle ‘Donald Trump phenomenon’ in his next BBC documentary

Louis Theroux has covered everything from scientology to alcoholism and gambling additions throughout his impressive career as a documentary filmmaker, but now he is taking on a brand new subject: Donald Trump.

President Donald Trump will be the subject of Louis Theroux’s next BBC documentary series (Copyright: Action Press//REX/Shutterstock)
President Donald Trump will be the subject of Louis Theroux’s next BBC documentary series (Copyright: Action Press//REX/Shutterstock)

As part of the three-part series, filmed in America for BBC Two, the investigative journalist will explore the “post-Brexit wave of populism” that saw the former Apprentice host become the 45th President of the United States.

Louis, 46, described the opportunity to examine the “phenomenon” surrounding the politician, who won the general election against Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton in November, as an “amazing challenge.”

Louis will examine the hysteria around the controversial politician (Copyright: The Photo Access/The Photo Access/REX/Shutterstock)
Louis will examine the hysteria around the controversial politician (Copyright: The Photo Access/The Photo Access/REX/Shutterstock)

He told The Mirror: “It feels like a whole cultural, almost sea change in how the world is part of the post-Brexit wave of populism.

“The story seems to change every day with Trump. There’s something new bubbling under. It’s hard to get your head around such a big subject.”

He added: “The challenge with Trump would be… something so abhorrent that walks on two legs and is a human being, you have to explore where his foibles come from.”

The esteemed filmmaker won Best Film at the V05 NME Awards (Copyright: James Gourley/REX/Shutterstock)
The esteemed filmmaker won Best Film at the V05 NME Awards (Copyright: James Gourley/REX/Shutterstock)

The British broadcaster has already experienced success with his previous documentaries, most recently being awarded the Best Film accolade at the NME Awards for last year’s ‘My Scientology Movie.’

Louis thanked Tom Cruise as he collected his trophy last week, saying: “Thank you, simmer down. A big, big thank to NME, to everyone who voted, a big thank you to my wife, who’s had a baby while I was making this film. He’s now two and a half years old.

“But there’s one person out there that made this film possible and that is Tom Cruise. He wouldn’t be in the film but Tom if you’re out there please call my agent, let’s do an expose, I’ve already got a title – My Scientology Sequel.”

Brilliant. We’ll stock up on the popcorn.