Two new Louis Theroux specials are coming to BBC Knowledge from next month.
In The Night in Question, Louis examines the rise of sexual assault cases on American university campuses and in Mothers on the Edge he embeds himself in specialist psychiatric mother and baby units in the UK to examine postpartum mental illness.
The Night in Question
Thursday 27 June at 8.30pm on BBC Knowledge
Louis heads to America’s East Coast to explore the rise of sexual assault cases on university campuses. He meets young men accused of rape and sexual assault who, while not guilty in a court of law, are being taken through specialist investigations by the universities – and face expulsion if found responsible for the alleged assaults. Louis also talks to complainants who feel let down by the current legal system. They argue that these investigations are righting a long-standing wrong. And he hears how professionals are trying to establish new rules of consent among America’s younger generation.
Mothers on the Edge
Thursday 4 July at 8.30pm on BBC Knowledge
Pregnancy and motherhood are often hailed as the happiest time in a woman’s life, but it can also be a time of extreme stress and psychiatric difficulty. Louis returns to the UK to spend time in three specialist psychiatric units, which treat mothers experiencing serious mental illness whilst allowing them to live alongside their babies. Immersing himself on the wards, he meets women who have been admitted with a range of serious conditions – including depression, anxiety and psychosis – often triggered by birth or the strains of motherhood. As he follows the patients and their families both in hospital and recovering back at home, Louis explores what lies behind their recent crisis and discovers the immense challenge in caring for two people in the most vulnerable state of their lives.