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Brand New David Attenborough And Louis Theroux Documentaries Air Back-To-Back This Weekend

Brand New David Attenborough And Louis Theroux Documentaries Air Back-To-Back This Weekend

With the new season of the Premier League kicking-off, the PRO 14 final between Leinster and Ulster, and the War of The Buttons to get stuck into this weekend, it's shaping up to be a pretty cosy few days on the couch.

However, if anyone is looking to relax with some new documentaries to watch, you can't do any better than Louis Theroux and David Attenborough.

Thankfully, both of the beloved broadcasters are back on our screens this week with new documentaries that are polar opposites of each other.

After the first episode of his new show, Life On The Edge, aired last week, Theroux returns with a new episode of the series as he explores how America has managed to take our darkest desires, commodify them and turn them into a saleable product.

By reexamining memorable moments from his Weird Weekends episodes like porn, rap, Las Vegas and the US opioid crisis, this episode explores a very human tendency to jump to the dark side when seeking out pleasure - whether through indulgence, risk-taking or the joy of doing something seen as 'bad' or 'wrong'.

In doing so, Louis reconnects with porn-star JJ, who, over 20 years ago was just making his way in the adult industry but has since turned his back on that world in favour of a new life in eastern Europe. Theroux also catches up with Katilia from his acclaimed documentary Heroin Town, whom he last saw hopelessly addicted to drugs, with little sign of turning her life around.

As for Attenborough's new documentary, Extinction: The Facts, the broadcaster will explore how this crisis of biodiversity has consequences for us all - threatening food and water security, undermining our ability to control our climate and even putting us at greater risk of pandemic diseases.

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Extinction is now happening up to 100 times faster than the natural evolutionary rate, but the issue is about more than the loss of individual species.

Everything in the natural world is connected in networks that support the whole of life on earth, including us, and we are losing many of the benefits that nature provides to us.

However, the single biggest driver of biodiversity loss is the destruction of natural habitats.

Seventy-five per cent of Earth's land surface (where not covered by ice) has been changed by humans, much of it for agriculture, and as consumers, we may unwittingly be contributing towards the loss of species through what we buy in the supermarket.

Extinction: The Facts airs at 8pm on BBC1 on Sunday and as soon as it's over, the second episode of Louis Theroux: Life On The Edge starts at 9pm on BBC2.

Take a look at what's in store.

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