Gotta Get Theroux This: My Life and Strange Times in Television

Gotta Get Theroux This: My Life and Strange Times in Television

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In 1994 fledgling journalist Louis Theroux was given a one-off gig on Michael Moore's TV Nation, presenting a segment on apocalyptic religious sects. Gawky, socially awkward and totally unqualified, his first reaction to this exciting opportunity was panic. But he'd always been drawn to off-beat characters, so maybe his enthusiasm would carry the day. Or, you know, maybe it wouldn't...

In Gotta Get Theroux This, Louis takes the reader on a joyous journey through his life and unexpectedly successful career. Nervously accepting the BBC's offer of his own series, he went on to create an award-winning documentary style that has seen him immersed in worlds as diverse as racist US militias and secretive pro-wrestlers, the violent gangs of Johannesburg and extreme drinkers in London.

Arguably his biggest challenge was corralling celebrities in his When Louis Met series, with Jimmy Savile proving most elusive. Blindsided when the revelations about Savile came to light, Louis was to reflect again on the nature of evil he had spent decades uncovering.

Filled with wry observation, larger-than-life characters, and self-deprecating humour, this is Louis at his insightful and honest best.

Title:Gotta Get Theroux This: My Life and Strange Times in Television
Edition Language:English
ISBN:9781509880362
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    Gotta Get Theroux This: My Life and Strange Times in Television Reviews

  • Clara Hill

    Inject Louis Theroux in my veins ...

  • Emily B

    If you like Louie Theroux then you will like this. I listened to the audiobook which Louie narrated which made it really engaging and entertaining. At first I felt that despite it being an autobiograp...

  • Ri

    I kind of wish I hadn’t read this book... I have enjoyed watching Louis Theroux’ documentaries for years (watching Weird Weekends helped me through a particularly dull time in law school), but the...

  • Heidi Gardner

    Before reading this book I was a massive Louis Theroux fan. I love his documentaries and I enjoyed his previous book too. This book is well written, and interesting, but it’s made me dislike Louis w...

  • Brooke - One Woman's Brief Book Reviews

    *www.onewomansbbr.wordpress.com*www.facebook.com/onewomansbbrGotta Get Theroux This: My Life and Strange Times in Television by Louis Theroux. (2019). Louis takes the reader on a journey from his anxi...

  • Rowan

    Louis Theroux’s memoir is about as odd as some of the subjects he makes documentaries about. Part memoir, part Jimmy Savile book, part behind-the-scenes of his documentaries. It had a meandering qua...

  • Ginger

    3 STARS!This book would not have come on to my radar if it wasn’t for a friend in my book club. She’s from the UK and she really enjoyed watching his BBC documentaries back in the day.I didn’t k...

  • Nicole

    I had high expectations going into this but I was defintely let down.While this was interesting, I found that it lacked much humour or wit. I think Louis is really funny so I was expecting some humour...

  • Alice Lippart

    Very interesting!...

  • Daniel

    The bad type of celebrity memoir that just recounts the different pieces of work the person has done. Since Theroux works on documentaries, with himself as a presenter and subject, this is more annoyi...