Louis Theroux jokes he thought his book name was 'too stupid'

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The veteran British-American journalist and broadcaster has released a new book chronicling his experience during lockdown. ‘Theroux the Keyhole: Diaries of a Grounded Documentary Maker’, invites readers to the Theroux household where, like millions of others, Louis finds himself locked up indefinitely. This evening, he joins a string of other celebrity guests for ‘The Jonathan Ross Show’ where he will discuss the book and everything that came with it.

A career spanning decades, much of Louis’ work has gone down in history, having built something of a personality cult because of it.

His now chilling programme about Jimmy Saville offered a brief insight into the private life of the mysterious man who would later be accused of prolific sexual abuse and paedophilia.

Others have taken a more light-hearted tone, like many episodes contained in the first season of, ‘Louis Theroux’s Weird Weekends’.

A recurring theme for the broadcaster has been the Church of Scientology, culminating in his 2015 film, ‘My Scientology Movie’.

At a press event in 2019 after he had scooped up a BAFTA award for his series, ‘Altered States’, Louis revealed to several media outlets, including Express.co.uk, what he planned to do next.

When asked if he would return to “My Scientology Movie”, he explained: “If they said, look, we’ll let you in.

“But it’s in their blood to protect themselves from journalists.

“It’s not a real-world question.”

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He went on to admit that the opportunity of doing a documentary on Meghan Markle and Prince Harry was “interesting” but that he couldn’t see it ever happening.

He said: “If Prince Harry and Meghan Markle said ‘We’d like you to live with us for the next few months while we went through motherhood and fatherhood for the first time’, I guess, yes, that would be really interesting but I don’t think it’s going to happen.

“It wouldn’t be first on my list.

“If someone really high-profile left, and said they wanted to trust me with their story, like Tom Cruise or Lisa Marie Presley who is rumoured to have left and was dating Michael Jackson. That would be interesting.”


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He later spoke about what it was like getting close to his subjects, and how he deals with the emotional aspect of interviewing.

He explained: “I think it’s in the nature of the strange person I am.

“While it’s clearly emotional and it’s very involved, but as much as there’s sadness, there’s pleasure as well.

“It’s a process of, for whatever reason, I struggle with relationships in my personal life, but in my professional life, it’s somehow a lot easier.

“The times it’s sad, you feel as though it’s a bit like being a therapist.

“If you do a good job, the people you are with get some benefit.”

During lockdown, Louis produced a podcast series with the BBC, ‘Grounded with Louis Theroux’, in which he spoke to people he was interested in and found out about their lives.

All high-profile names, he interviewed Boy George, Lenny Henry, Sia, Frankie Boyle and Ruby Wax, among others.

He appears on The Jonathan Ross show at 9:30pm on ITV One alongside Mel Giedroyc and Sue Perkins, linking up with US comedian Kevin Heat via Zoom.

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