IT’S been thirteen years since Louis first met the members of the controversial Westboro Baptist Church.
And now everyone’s favourite documentary-maker is back in Kansas to catch up with the clan whose motto is God Hates Fags. Find out how you can watch below…
What time is Louis Theroux: Surviving America’s Most Hated Family on BBC Two tonight?
You can watch Louis Theroux: Surviving America’s Most Hated Family TONIGHT at 9pm on BBC2.
So you might want to hit record on Love Island which will be airing at the same time over on ITV2.
The programme by everyone’s favourite documentary-maker will last for an hour and is set to be an eye-opening watch.
But if you really can’t bare to give up your daily dose of Love Island for the gripping show… or you happen to miss it for any other reason… fret not as you can catch it on BBC iPlayer after it’s been aired.
Or alternatively you can catch the repeat on Thursday from 11:15pm- 12:15am.
Why should you watch Louis Theroux: Surviving America’s Most Hated Family?
Well, Louis’ first look into the controversial family in 2006 was an eye-opening affair.
And now thirteen years later, it’s set to be even more explosive as Louis re-immerses himself into the Kansas-based Westboro Baptist Church for the third time.
Louis’ two previous films (in 2006 and again in 2011) about the sect – whose motto is God Hates Fags – saw the clan picket the funerals of US army personnel who had lost their lives in combat in Iraq and Afghanistan to hurl homophobic abuse at mourners.
And since then the Church has gone wayward with its founder Pastor Fred Phelps being rumoured to have been ousted shortly before he died back in 2014.
And now with the loss of its original patriarch, Louis revisits the strange happenings of the Church as it stands today.
He speaks to Westboro Baptist Church’s present-day leaders as well as Phelp’s granddaughter Megan who has since disassociated herself from the Church that her grandfather founded.
Louis also meets with Fred’s daughter (and Megan’s mother) Shirley who stands firm in her beliefs and commitment to the Church’s ideology, even forfeiting a relationship with her now estranged children who have since fled the constraints of the Church.
What has Louis Theroux said about the documentary?
Speaking about his third visit to the Westboro Baptist Church, Louis has said:
“I am always interested in how people change over time – both physically and in their outlook
“And even more so when they are involved in lifestyles that are somehow wrong-headed or self-sabotaging.
“With our unique access to the inner workings of the Wesboro Baptist Church over the last 13 years we’ve been able to track the changes in an extreme religious group from the inside
“And also from the perspective of its ex-members. We’ve been able to tell a story about indoctrination, where it comes from, how it is enforced.
“But also about deradicalisation, and the way in which a handful of those who were formerly zealots have managed to break free and take a kinder less hateful view of the world.”
He continued: “In particular, in this, our third visit to Topeka, I was curious to see how the Church was faring after the loss of the church founder, Pastor Fred Phelps, who died in 2014.
“Gramps’ angry and bigoted outlook had been the bedrock of Westboro’s practises
“And I was curious to see whether his death might have caused any kind of break-up or re-evaluation within the church
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“Especially since there had been rumours that Fred Phelps might have had some kind of change of heart at the end of his life.
“It was exciting going back for thirds. For their own reasons – to do with spreading their twisted take on the gospels – Westboro let me back in.
“For my part it was a chance to see the strange machinations of psychology, religion, and social conditioning.
“I feel lucky to have had the chance to conduct this kind of longitudinal documentary making.”