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Old 10-01-2006, 06:38   #21
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I guess a lot of people didn't want to talk to him, he ridiculed most of them on his show. I really enjoyed the book, my brother got me a signed copy for Christmas

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Old 10-01-2006, 15:10   #22
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The Christmas special was excellent - but, to my knowledge, it's never been repeated!
They used to show it every Christams on one of the "UK" channels - UKTV People or whatever the equivalent was at the time. Not for a couple of years though.
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I've just started the book - in what way is it disappointing?
I don't really feel it had much aim to it, or if it did, it failed spectacularly in it's aim. I didn't learn anything about the characters that I didn't already know, and I just feel that his "style" comes across better on TV.

One of the good things about the TV show was that a lot of the time he was letting you make up your own mind through their answers to his clever questions. In the book, his personality intrudes a little too much IMHO.

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Old 26-02-2006, 23:58   #24
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Watching funniest moments on ch4 reminded me how funny the Louie stuff was?

Whats the situation on dvd can you get any of it?

Also has he done any recent stuff on tv?
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Holy Thread Resurrection Batman! Four years old and still kicking...

There are two best of sets available which feature some of the best episodes (inc. the infamous "Don't you mock me Louis!" from Eugene Terreblanche) but no complete works which is a shame. Seems there isn't the market for it but with freeview and a Tivo they should come up relatively often

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Old 27-02-2006, 01:16   #26
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I meant to post about Louis stuff on DVD after seeing the very same clip as Jez tonight.

Never seen any of his stuff but certinaly looks worth checking out.

BBC need to get their acts together and release something complete!
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Old 27-02-2006, 07:05   #27
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Old 27-02-2006, 12:32   #28
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So when you searched for a thread, you didn't see my thread from January?

http://www.thedvdforums.com/forums/s...d.php?t=407957
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Weird Weekends (not in order) :
UFOs
Christianity
Porn
Survivalists
Demolition Derby
Swingers
Wrestling
Infomercials
Gangsta Rap
India - Enlightenment
Hypnosis/Self-Help
South Africa
Body-Building
Black Nationalism
Looking For Love/Thai Brides
Off-Off Broadway

When Louis Met...:
Jimmy
Paul & Debbie
The Hamiltons
Ann Widdicombe
Chris Eubank
Keith Harris & Orville

Specials:
Louis and the Brothel
Louis, Martin & Michael (Michael Jackson)
Louis and the Nazis.

All these availble on dvd at all?

Only found these which have some of the above Play Louis
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I think his programmes were great fun, humourous and educational at the same time! His manner: innocent-acting while really mocking' makes for hugely entertaining TV.

Wonder what he's been up to since the last one, with the exception of writing his book?
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So when you searched for a thread, you didn't see my thread from January?

http://www.thedvdforums.com/forums/s...d.php?t=407957
Threads merged.
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Hallelujah! Ten new shows coming to BBC Two!

From the BBC website:

Award-winning film-maker Louis Theroux is returning to BBC Two.
The cult presenter, whose previous subjects have included Sir Jimmy Savile and boxer Chris Eubank, will make 10 new documentaries.

"As a student of bizarre organisations and eccentric people, the BBC feels like my natural home," Theroux said.

The film-maker, 35, took a break from TV to write his book The Call of the Weird. No details have been released about future documentary subjects.

BBC Two controller Roly Keating said: "Louis is one of the most influential and unique voices in modern TV.

"His acute eye and wicked sense of humour have been away for too long."

Nevada brothel

The hour-long documentaries will be aired intermittently over the next three years.

The son of travel writer Paul Theroux, Louis first appeared on BBC Two alongside documentary maker Michael Moore on TV Nation in 1994.

His previous films have involved him spending a month living in a Nevada brothel and interviewing friends and family on the trail of singer Michael Jackson.

He became a household name with his Bafta-winning When Louis Met... series, including a memorable interview with former politician Neil Hamilton and his wife Christine.
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Yay. hopefully they will be more weird weekend type docs and not When Louis Met..

It seems odd that I just saw an advert for his brother's new documentary and then this announcement is made.
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Louis Theroux is to make 10 new films for BBC Two over the next three years - and says he is scouring the globe for "more mature" subjects.

The Bafta-winning documentary-maker is likely to be spending a lot of time in airports in the coming months.

After getting under the skin of British celebrities, including political couple Neil and Christine Hamilton, magician Paul Daniels and DJ Sir Jimmy Savile, he says it is time to look further afield for his next targets.

"I enjoy travelling and seeing new worlds, being admitted to interesting places where rules are somehow different and I can learn how it all works," he says.

"Although I'm not ruling out British stories, I have a feeling that the best stories for us will be abroad. We've got some really good ideas already."

The aim is to raise the stakes on previous series, he says.

"I'm 35 years old, I've got a baby, I've got a house. When I started doing this I was 23, working for Michael Moore.

"I'm a different person from what I was. I've got different priorities. I need to keep myself interested, trying to take subjects that are a tiny bit more mature."

Although he believes the public is more fascinated by celebrity than ever, he is interested in human stories - "people having ups and downs, their ambitions and their dreams, and how they're frustrated or otherwise" - whether or not his subjects are famous.

"In general, it's just an intersection of who's interesting with what's possible, because there are certainly a lot of interesting people who I'm not convinced I'd get access to for long enough."

Theroux approaches each subject with "a rough idea" of how the finished documentary may look, but says he needs to be flexible.


After several films in the UK, Theroux is looking further afield
"You go prepared for one thing and when it turns out to be something else, you go with that," he says.

"You need to have some kind of a theory or a thesis, and then if it's either proved or disproved, so be it, that's all to the good.

"With Paul Daniels and Debbie McGee, she seemed to have been depicted as something of a gold-digger in some of the press I read and the marriage had been pilloried a bit.

"I suppose I went in there trying to anatomise the marriage, and maybe if there were cracks in it, to try to bring them out.

"I didn't really find anything. It seemed like quite a strong relationship to me and I told them so. If that's what you find, then that's what you report."

He says he strives to build a bond of trust with his subjects - but without becoming too close to them.

"The only conflict comes in the sense that you assume that they will have no problem with the truth being told. I don't try to antagonise.

"If it turns out that they've lied to me or it becomes clear that they're not levelling with me, then I call them on it and sometimes that's when you might have a disagreement.

"You're just trying to have a good bedside manner, I suppose.

"You're not there to become friends, you're there to do a job as a journalist, but there's no reason to make it unpleasant."

So does Theroux keep in touch with any of his previous interviewees?

"The Hamiltons send me Christmas cards - I think they're the only ones actually.

"I don't think Jimmy Savile is much of a card sender. He has that sort of bachelor air which suggests that probably compiling Christmas card lists is not one of the things he does."
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Yeah I read that over at the BBC, looking forward to something that doesn't contain Chantelle!!!! URGH!!!
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Louis Theroux is to return to TV with a film set in Las Vegas as part of his new series for BBC2.

Theroux has secured access to a major casino in the American gambling mecca, which he will use as a base to explore the weird and over-the-top goings on in the city.

"They have got pretty good access to one of the casinos and they are going to focus on that and draw a broader picture of Vegas," said a source familiar with the production.

The new film, which is currently in production, is one of 10 hour-long documentaries Theroux is making for BBC2 as part of a new deal signed in March.

It is also thought he is looking to sign up more celebrities to take part in some of the films.

His most popular previous documentaries, in the When Louis Met ... strand, featured the likes of Christine and Neil Hamilton, Jimmy Saville and Max Clifford.

"He has been given a very broad brief by Roly [Keating, the BBC2 controller]," the source said.

"Roly wants event films and Louis is still considering doing more featuring celebrity, but he is not going to do them for the sake of it. There are only a few celebrities worth spending time with."

A BBC spokeswoman confirmed Theroux was making a film on Las Vegas, but said it was not clear whether it would be the first to go out in the new series.

Theroux's return to television comes after he took time out to write his book The Call of the Weird - Travels in American Subcultures.

He first appeared on BBC2 in 1994 in Michael Moore's series TV Nation.
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The new series is almost here!

There's a compilation programme on BBC2 on Sunday 9:00pm-10:10pm and the new series starts Sunday 4th February with the programme: Louis Theroux: Gambling in las Vegas which is on at 9:00pm-10:00pm and later that night at 11:45pm-12:35pm a repeat of the Porn episode of Weird Weekends. I hope this is something they will do every week, a new episode with an older one later in the evening.

Below is an article written by him which can be found here: http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/magazine/6302049.stm

Weird, or just in search of meaning?

His visits with eccentric celebrities have made Louis Theroux an authority on weirdness. But here, writing for the Magazine, he says his time off from TV has made him ask whether weird is just in the eye of the beholder.
I was recently put to work making a programme that would compile some of my favourite moments from old shows of mine, with my ruminations on what had attracted me to these strange stories about off-beat subcultures and intriguing celebrities - and what I'd learned over the years.

If you've seen any of my shows you'll know the kind of thing to expect: Jimmy Savile showing me the clothes of his dead mother - "The Duchess" - which he gets dry-cleaned once a year; a visit to the "group room" at a swinging party; a pair of neo-Nazi twin girls who sing acoustic versions of skinhead songs.

It was, in other words, a real hodgepodge of oddities - unified only by all the stories featuring behaviour that is in some way outside the normal course of life; and also, I suppose, by the fact of my having formed relationships with all the people in these worlds.

At the end of the show, I concluded with this remark: "The weirdest thing about weird people may be how normal they are."

What did I mean by this? First, I suppose I was trying to undermine the idea of "weirdness" as a self-evident category of behaviour.

The truth is, like beauty, weirdness is in the eye of the beholder. Often, something is weird not for any intrinsic reason but simply because not many people are doing it. A practice that is considered eccentric or taboo in one time and place is quite normal in another.

"Madness is a rare thing in individuals," wrote the German philosopher Friedrich Nietzsche, "but in groups, parties, peoples, and ages it is the rule."

And I think this is what he was referring to - we may find, say, ancestor worship quite odd and racism deeply repellent, but in days gone by, these were both part of "normal" belief.

Taking a real example, people sometimes ask me who the weirdest person I've ever interviewed is. It's sort of a nonsensical question - I'm not sure how you measure weirdness (on an odd-o-meter?). But just so I've got something to say, I mention Reverend Robert Short, a "space channel".

I met him while doing a story on UFO believers in the American South West. Most of the people in that subculture had had sightings of UFOs, or even glimpsed ETs, but Reverend Short went several better by claiming to have actual space beings who spoke through him using his vocal chords.

Being in another dimension, the space being, "Korton", had the ability to see the future. I saw this for myself, more than once, when Reverend Short went into a trance and channelled Korton's prognostications in a loud, booming voice punctuated with lots of "ums".

In fact, though, as weird as this experience was - it certainly seemed weird to me at the time - later I wondered how different Reverend Short's channelling was from the oracles of Ancient Greece or shamanic practises that are still quite normal in communities all over the world.

Though it's been helpful as a kind of short-hand for the sort of stories I do, the term "weirdness" actually does a disservice to the people I cover. Looking closer at what seemed - at first hand - the oddest of behaviour and I've always found a kind of logic.

I was recently reading a book of neurological essays called Phantoms in the Brain, which had an introduction by neurologist Oliver Sacks. He discussed brain disorders with symptoms that to me seemed very weird indeed - patients who don't recognise their own limbs as belonging to them, for example, or who sometimes think one side of their body belongs to someone else.

But these are, he says, "quite normal defence mechanisms" which the unconscious uses to make sense of the world. "Such an understanding removes such patients from the realm of the mad or the freakish," he continues, "and restores them to the realm of discourse and reason - albeit the discourse and reason of the unconscious."

A couple of years ago, I went back to America to track down 10 of the most intriguing people I'd ever interviewed for a book I was writing, The Call of the Weird.

One of my ideas had been that perhaps, after years of pursuing their off-beat avocations and being buffeted and knocked back by a world that saw them as strange, some of my old friends - the porn performers, the cult members, the gangsta rappers - might have thought better of their old beliefs. They might have "seen reason".

In fact, this was almost never the case. For the most part, they were still clinging to their old faiths - they were as "weird" as ever. But what I did come to realize was this: that the strangest behaviours are always answering some very normal human need - for love, for religious meaning, for a place in the world.

And that the "weird beliefs" themselves never stood in the way of me making a human connection, be it however briefly, with them.

The Weird World of Louis Theroux featuring his most memorable encounters is on BBC Two on Sunday 28 January at 2100GMT.
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great stuff, love this!!!!
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Cheers for the heads-up. One I'll definitely be watching.
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He's been away from our screens for far too long, and he only managed to prove that he will not be following in his fathers footsteps.

Great to have him back!
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