The BBC has announced a new six-part television series, helmed by Louis Theroux. Theroux is renowned for making programs that delve into fringe elements of society, including Scientology, neo-Nazis, the alt-right and the porn industry. The new series marks a shift towards the mainstream, as Theroux will be spending time with a different celebrity for each episode.
The first guest is London grime artist and celebrity activist, Stormzy. The 28 year old Stormzy released his second album, Heavy is the Head, in December 2019. To create the episode, Theroux will spend time with Stormzy on tour and at home, creating an “in depth and personally revealing” glimpse into Stormzy’s life and mind.
“I’m so excited to be embarking on this new series – something very different to the kind of TV I normally make,” Theroux said (via BBC). “This will be a chance to meet and spend time with people I admire, getting to know them, having long form and revealing conversations, with honesty, emotion, and humour. To be kicking off with the genius that is Stormzy is proper pinch-me stuff. I can’t wait to get going.”
The program’s working title is The Louis Theroux Interviews. It continues in the same vein as Theroux’s lockdown project, Grounded with Louis Theroux, a podcast series produced by BBC Radio 4. Grounded guests included FKA twigs, Boy George, Oliver Stone, Riz Ahmed, Sia, Rose McGowan and more.
The series launch date is to be announced.