Louis Theroux’s new Altered States documentary series is finally almost here, with the first instalment airing on BBC Two on Sunday November 4.
The three-part series explores “the unusual ways modern America deals with birth, love and death”.
The first part, titled Love Without Limits, will be the first to air and the trailer looks like it’s going to be as weird and unmissable as ever.
Focusing on the world of polyamory in Portland, Oregon, Louis meets with several families who share why they much prefer the lifestyle over a more traditional monogamous one.
The trailer was shared ahead of its Australian cinema premiere at the end of November and gives us a first look at what we can expect from the bizarre new series.
Louis explained, “I have always been interested in how people conduct the most intimate aspects of their lives. For this series we looked at the new ways Americans are approaching some of humanity’s oldest dilemmas: pregnant mums who feel unequipped to keep their babies and so pick new parents for them; the world of polyamory aka ‘ethical non-monogamy’; and people with debilitating conditions who opt to hasten their own deaths.”
He added, “All of these stories have something a touch utopian about them, involving a kind of idealism and forward thinking that brings new opportunities but also new risks. I have been given extraordinary levels of access to courageous people and families across the United States, many of them enduring unbelievable levels of stress and anguish, and it was a privilege to be allowed into their lives in this most personal way.”
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