2 items from 2015
The quirky documentarian has graduated from Weird Weekends to must-see TV, though the dark places he goes to can sometimes haunt him. ‘I wish I had pursued Jimmy Savile more aggressively,’ he admits
When I meet Louis Theroux, in a restaurant tucked across the road from BBC Broadcasting House, we miss two things going on in the street outside. One is a total eclipse of the sun and the other is a gang of fans of Jeremy Clarkson, who are delivering a petition to have their hero reinstated. It is perhaps just as well they don’t see us, as Clarkson’s removal means that Theroux’s latest series of documentaries has been bumped up the schedule and broadcast early. I wonder what Top Gear fans will think if they tune in expecting blokish car banter, and instead hear trans pre-teens talking about removing their genitalia, or a psychiatric patient »
- Sophie Heawood
Frank lies to the American people, forges an unlikely alliance and meets a woman who might be his undoing. More Machiavellian machinations with the Incredible Scheming Underwoods – the Neil and Christine Hamilton of Washington?
Frank started this season urinating on his dad’s grave on the sly. He ended episode four spitting at the crucifix in church while ostensibly praying alone. Really, Mr President, that’s enough desecration of authority figures with your bodily fluids. “Love – that’s what you’re selling,” he told Jesus before his blasphemous expectoration. “Well, I don’t buy it.” Typical Machiavellian: dissenting heretically from Jennifer Rush’s strictures on the power of love, recognising no God but power, and no authority but his own right to achieve and hold on to that power. As he reached out to wipe off the incriminating spittle, something daft happened: the crucifix fell – as though the New Testament »
- Stuart Jeffries
2 items from 2015