Louis Theroux to curate new documentary series for BBC iPlayer

"In all of them you see life at its most raw, its most strange and therefore its most human."

Louis Theroux has announced that he’s curating a new documentary series for BBC iPlayer, showcasing some of the films that have had a profound effect on him.

The legendary documentarian has trawled the BBC archives for Louis Theroux: Docs That Made Me, which sees him explaining why he chose each of the documentaries and their personal effect on his work.

Describing 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.”

The collection spans over forty years, with the oldest doc in the collection being 1975’s Inside Story: Mini, which follows the case of an 11-year-old boy who attempted to burn down his parents’ house on two different occasions.

Other inclusions include the stirring Fourteen Days Of May, a 1987 film about Edward Earl Johnson, a death row prisoner in Florida who is approaching his execution date as he appeals his sentence.

Hailing 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 collection is available on BBC iPlayer now. Check out the full list below.

  • 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)