Louis Theroux Is Coming Back With Three "Hard-Hitting" Documentaries

Louis will tackle murder, sex trafficking and opiates

Louis Theroux will be making a welcome return to BBC 2 with three brand new "hard-hitting" documentaries set in the US.

The British journalist and broadcaster has informed The Independent that he will be examining "uniquely devastating challenges" currently faced by America, such as opiate dependency, sex trafficking and murder.

"I immerse myself in some of the most dysfunctional and disturbing aspects of American society," he told the paper. "They combine hard-hitting actuality with intimate interviews.

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"I have been granted access to the police in several states; I've got to know the people affected by crime; and I've also spent time with the perpetrators of crime, with the idea of understanding the causes of it, both on a systemic level and also in a very personal way."

Despite previous rumblings, Theroux's documentaries Murder in Milwaukee, Sex Trafficking Houston [current working title], and Opiate City won't be touching on Donald Trump's controversial rise to US presidency.

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Murder in Milwaukee sees Theroux exploring fractious tensions between police and the African-American community in one of the US's most impoverished cities following two police shootings.

He speaks with both the Milwaukee Police Department's homicide division, and families and social activists from the area.

The second factual-based film focuses on human trafficking in Houston, considered the centre of sex trafficking in North America, and features Theroux investigating the relationship between pimp and prostitute.

The final installment Opiate City examines how America's crackdown on prescription painkillers has lead to a heroin crisis.

He travels to West Virginia where it's claimed one in ten babies are born addicted to opiates.

Theroux's most recent BBC2 documentary Drinking to Oblivion saw the filmmaker spending time with patients at a London liver specialist centre on the brink of self-destruction due to alcohol addiction.

He also returned to his original When Louis Met Jimmy documentary with Savile from 2001, in a bid to try and understand how the sexual predator and peadophile fooled him, and was able to get with a long litany of abhorrent crimes.