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Theroux is back to visit 'most hated family' in US

Louis Theroux (Ian West/PA)
Louis Theroux (Ian West/PA)

By Press Association

Louis Theroux will return to the Westboro Baptist Church in Topeka, Kansas, 13 years after first visiting for a 2007 documentary, for a new programme called Louis Theroux: Surviving America's Most Hated Family.

The BBC Two programme will see Theroux explore the changes the group has gone through in recent years, particularly following the death of church-founder Pastor Fred Phelps in 2014.

Theroux said: "I am always interested in how people change over time and even more so when they are involved in lifestyles that are somehow wrong-headed or self-sabotaging.

"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."

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