British pubcaster BBC2 has commissioned BBC Studios’ documentary unit to produce a series that examines how people conduct the most intimate aspects of their lives.
Louis Theroux’s Altered States will explore the unusual ways in which modern-day Americans deal with birth, love and death.
The three-part series will travel the U.S. in order to provide an in-depth look at the new ways individuals are approaching some of humanity’s oldest concerns. Featured will be pregnant women who feel unequipped to keep their babies and pick new parents for them; the legal and ethical world of polyamory; and people with debilitating conditions who opt to hasten their own deaths.
Louis Theroux’s Altered States is executive produced by Peter Dale and series produced by Arron Fellows. It was commissioned by BBC2 controller Patrick Holland and Clare Sillery, head of commissioning, documentaries.
“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,” said Theroux in a statement. “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.”
“Altered States is a hugely challenging, disturbing and illuminating trilogy, taking us into some extremes of experience, all guided by Louis’ exceptional empathy and humanity,” added Holland.