Fresh off announcing his Australian tour, Louis Theroux’s return to BBC Two has been confirmed with two new documentaries.
NME reports that the two documentaries will focus on alcohol addiction and brain injuries.
“BBC Two is delighted to welcome Louis Theroux back to the channel,” said BBC Two channel editor Adam Barker, “with a set of films covering covering British subjects with his usual penetrating documentary gaze and commitment to unpicking complex human dilemmas with highly sophisticated filmmaking.”
Theroux has reportedly been spending time at King’s College Hospital for the alcohol addiction doc, immersing himself in the world of patients of alcoholism.
For the second doc, given the working title Brain Injury, Theroux is spending time with staff and service users at the Brain Injury Rehabilitation Trust, digging deep into an issue that affects up to one million people in the UK living with the long-term effects of a brain injury.
Those aren’t the only projects Theroux has lined up, either. Last November, it was announced that he’d be making a new documentary about disgraced television host Jimmy Savile for BBC Two.
Theroux spent three months with Savile in 2000 for his acclaimed documentary, When Louis Met Jimmy. That doc began to lift the lid on the Top of the Pops host’s dark side, but didn’t uncover the hundreds of sexual assaults Savile is alleged to have perpetrated before his death in 2011.
Theroux has also said that he plans to use his Australian tour as an opportunity to document the outback.
“I’ve always been interested in the landscape of Australia,” he told the ABC.
“The idea of the outback is hugely appealing.
“I’ve got a romantic association both with the American West and the Australian interior which seems to strike [an] emotional tone of austerity and size and remoteness, people carving out their destinies in this vast wilderness.
“I don’t know exactly what the story is but I’ve loved the idea of being in that frontier… the town at the end of the line, this one-horse town with lives that combine dignity and a sense of desperation.”
Louis Theroux will bring his first ever speaking tour to the QPAC Concert Hall on Saturday 1 October. Click here for more info.