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Louis Theroux

New documentaries, November 14-28

Show Synopsis

Everybody’s favourite investigative journalist Louis Theroux is back with two new hard-hitting documentaries.

Louis visits Ohio’s State Psychiatric Hospitals to meet people who have committed crimes while suffering mental illness in By Reason of Insanity (Tuesday November 14 & 21).

In Transgender Kids Louis talks to children who have rejected the gender they are born with and spends time with their families and the medical professionals helping them through their difficult journey (Tuesday November 28).

Louis Theroux: By Reason of Insanity

Louis Theroux: By Reason of Insanity

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Over the course of these two fascinating films, Louis Theroux explores the nature of mental illness and spends time with some sufferers in the USA who have found themselves on the wrong side of the law.

Visiting Ohio’s State Psychiatric Hospitals, he meets patients who have been found not guilty by reason of insanity and ordered by the courts to receive treatment in secure psychiatric facilities in the hope of their eventual reintegration back into society.

In the US, 41% of transgender people have attempted suicide at some point in their lives. Now a group of pioneering medical professionals are trying to prevent this crisis in later life by transitioning transgender children at the earliest possible stages.

Louis heads to the Child and Adolescent Gender Center at UCSF Hospital in San Francisco to discover more about their work, meeting children who have been diagnosed with gender dysphoria. Children as young as three can show signs of rejecting the gender they were assigned at birth and parents face a difficult dilemma when faced with this diagnosis.

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