Louis Theroux is once again returning with a new three-part documentary series called Altered States. Debuting on BBC2, the series will look into the various ways people deal with love, birth and death in United States.
Episode one, “Take My Baby”, explores America’s milti-million dollar adoption agencies, giving an insight into how lawyers and agencies millions of dollars through matching couples with pregnant women that are willing to give their newborn baby away for as little as $50,000.
“I have always been interested in how people conduct the most intimate aspects of their lives. For this series we looked at the new ways Americans are approaching some of humanity’s oldest dilemmas: pregnant mums who feel unequipped to keep their babies and so pick new parents for them; the world of polyamory aka ‘ethical non-monogamy’; and people with debilitating conditions who opt to hasten their own deaths,” said Theroux.
“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. 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.”
The official release date has not been released, but BBC2 has teased that it’s coming later this year.