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Louis Theroux meets internet’s most controversial content creators in new BBC documentary series

LOUIS THEROUX has met neo-Nazis, paedophiles and serial killers in his documentaries over the years and next he is tackling some of the net’s most controversial content creators.

He returns to BBC2 later this year with a three-part series called Louis Theroux: Forbidden America, which will see him examining the impact of the internet and social media on US entertainment.

The filmmaker will travel across the country meeting outrageous and odd people including a string of porn stars, the next generation of far-right activists and rappers desperate to make it big thanks to their actions online.

Louis said: “The world has gone through massive changes, in particular from the effects of social media. Far-right groups that have found new influence through gaming and streaming services.

“Porn performers have seen power shift to them as they’ve embraced creator-controlled apps and called out alleged predators in the industry.

“And in the rap world young men with big dreams are caught up in feuds and high-risk behaviour in the click-driven world of social media.”

Louis admitted there were run-ins during filming which viewers could find “shocking and upsetting”.

He added: “These three documentaries were tough to make. They required delicate access conversations.”

2022 FOR CROWN

THERE is a lengthy wait in store for fans of The Crown as the fifth series will not launch on Netflix until November 5, 2022.

Imelda Staunton takes over as Queen Elizabeth in the show, which is now being shot.

In a message announcing the release date, Imelda said: “I’m currently on the set of The Crown where we have just begun filming season five.

"I’m delighted to be here inheriting the role of Queen Elizabeth from two outstanding actresses, most recently Olivia Colman and who could forget the actress who originated the part, Claire Foy. I will do my utmost to maintain their very high standards.”

Netflix has also released a trailer for the second series of Bridgerton and announced the next series of Lily Collins' Emily in Paris will hit the streaming service on December 22.

Elsewhere, Netflix said it will release a three-part Kanye West documentary called Jeen-Yuhs. The project was reportedly acquired for £22million and has been in the works for the past 21 years.

A two-minute clip featuring Kanye rapping with Mos Def has been released from the show ahead of its unveiling next year.

Britney's fiancé doc woes

BRITNEY SPEARS’ fiancé Sam Asghari has admitted the recent documentaries on the BBC and Hulu about the superstar have left a “bad aftertaste”.

The actor said of an upcoming documentary on Netflix: “I’m hopeful this one will be respectful.”

STRICTLY FILLS IN BLANKS

BLANKETY Blank will waltz back onto screens with plenty of glitz and glamour after booking a whopping 18 Strictly stars to appear.

The series is capitalising on the popularity of the ballroom show by signing up celebrity guests including host Tess Daly, judge Craig Revel Horwood, pro dancer Janette Manrara and current contestant Judi Love.

Former Strictly stars will be on screen too, including Alex Jones, Brian Conley, Chizzy Akudolu, Gloria Hunniford, Gregg Wallace, Judy Murray, Karim Zeroual and Louis Smith.

Others who are returning to Saturday night telly without their sequins include Mark Wright, Melvin Odoom, Ore Oduba, Rachel Riley, Peter Andre and Sophie Ellis-Bextor.

The BBC1 reboot of the show will be broadcast at 9pm on Saturday, right after the dancing show, and will be hosted by Bradley Walsh, more than 40 years after it first hit screens.

More than 50 famous faces will feature on the series with Jordan North, Scarlett Moffatt and Tamzin Outhwaite also signing up.

NO JOY AS C4 WOES CONTINUE

TIM LOVEJOY was left to apologise on Sunday Brunch as Channel 4’s technical issues continued.

The entire channel went off air on Saturday night but the problems persisted, leaving viewers looking at blank screens during yesterday’s show.

Tim told viewers: “Things keep happening that shouldn’t be happening.”

Channel 4 later tweeted: “We continue to experience disruption to our services due to technical issues. We’re working hard to resume our normal services and appreciate your continued understanding and patience.”

The outage also affected Channel 5, Film 4, More 4 and 4 Music on Saturday, causing viewing figures to plummet.

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