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#225

Week commencing 27 August


Sunday 27 August
7:30pm River Monsters
8:20pm The Checkout: Snack Size
8:30pm Super Size Me
10:05pm A Very British Brothel
10:55pm Louis Theroux

Monday 28 August
7:30pm Dirty Jobs
8:20pm The Checkout: Snack Size
8:30pm Louis Theroux
9:30pm Stacey Dooley Investigates Premiere
10:20pm Super Size Me

Tuesday 29 August
7:30pm Dirty Jobs
8:20pm Hard Quiz Rpt
8:50pm Anthony Bourdain: Parts Unknown
9:35pm The Traffickers
10:15pm Stacey Dooley Investigates
11:10pm Banged Up Abroad

Wednesday 30 August
7:30pm Dirty Jobs
8:20pm The Checkout: Snack Size
8:30pm Kids On Speed?
9:30pm The Lie Detective
10:15pm Head First
11:05pm Catfish

Thursday 31 August
7:30pm Dirty Jobs
8:20pm Shaun Micallef’s MAD AS HELL
8:50pm The IT Crowd
9:20pm Utopia
9:50pm Live At The Apollo
10:35pm Broad City
11:00pm Sexy Beasts

Friday 1 September
7:30pm Dirty Jobs
8:20pm Catfish The TV Show
9:00pm Male Hookers Uncovered
9:50pm You Can’t Ask That
10:20pm TBA
11:05pm The Lie Detective

Saturday 2 September
7:30pm TBA
8:15pm Would I Lie To You?
8:45pm Live At The Apollo
9:30pm The IT Crowd
10:00pm Broad City
10:20pm Sexy Beasts


#226

Ross Kemp: Extreme World

From Monday 11 September at 9:30pm

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BAFTA-winning documentary maker Ross Kemp travels to the most dangerous corners of the globe to meet the people at the heart of six important stories.

With fast-paced action and moving testimony Kemp explores the rise of armed race hate groups in Trump’s America; the killing of thousands of suspects in the Philippines’ war on drugs; the feuding gangs of Naples; the bandits of Madagascar; the drug epidemic sweeping through Palestine; and the plight of migrants attempting the arduous journey through war-torn Libya.


#227

Best Trick Ever

Thursday 21 and 28 September at 9pm

Venture into the secret world of magic during James Galea’s BEST TRICK EVER

James Galea is one of Australia’s leading magicians and in a brand-new series for ABC2, premiering on Thursday 21 September at 9pm, he’s on a mission to discover the ‘Best Trick Ever’.

With unique access to some of the biggest legends in the business (including those who’ve invented magic for David Blaine, David Copperfield and Dynamo), audiences will witness some of the world’s greatest magic tricks as well as the professional cheat moves and classified artefacts used in the closely guarded, underground world of the con artist.

Plus, James showcases some of his own jaw-dropping tricks, some of which have been unleashed on unsuspecting Aussies, including a trick performed in Summer Hill which has to be seen to be believed!

Filmed in Australia and the US, never before has a show had such unprecedented access to the world of magic.

“It was really exciting to be able to shoot this show in so many different places (including Sydney, New York, LA, and Las Vegas) and have the support of such wonderful artists willing to showcase their world. You get to meet some pretty quirky characters on the search for the Best Trick Ever,” said James Galea.

“I’m pretty pumped that Australian audiences (and everyone else!) will finally get to see what I’ve been working on behind closed doors for so long. It’s a pretty great time for magic right now and a thrilling time to have a show like this on the air, thanks to ABC2.”

Debbie Cuell, ABC Head of Entertainment, said: “James’ enthusiasm for his craft is contagious and to watch every day Australians react to his blend of trickery and humour is as rewarding as it is to see some of the greats discuss magic’s inner workings. He’s a rising star in the US and we’re thrilled to bring this series to the ABC2 audience.”

The series is created, written and executive produced by James Galea, directed by Adam Franklin, produced by Jo Dyer with Stuart MacLeod as Head of Magic/Executive Producer. The 2 x 60 mins series is A Rose Tinted Enterprises production.

James Galea’s BEST TRICK EVER will screen on Thursday 21 September and Thursday 28 September at 9pm on ABC2 and ABC iview. #BestTrickEver


#228

Week commencing 3 September


Sunday 3 September
7:30pm River Monsters
8:20pm The Checkout: Snack Size
8:30pm Facing Ali
10:05pm Male Hookers Uncovered
10:55pm Louis Theroux

Monday 4 September
7:30pm Dirty Jobs
8:20pm The Checkout: Snack Size
8:30pm Louis Theroux
9:30pm Ross Kemp: Libya’s Migrant Hell Premiere
10:25pm Facing Ali

Tuesday 5 September
7:30pm Dirty Jobs
8:20pm Hard Quiz Rpt
8:50pm Anthony Bourdain: Parts Unknown
9:35pm The Traffickers
10:15pm Ross Kemp: Libya’s Migrant Hell
11:10pm Banged Up Abroad

Wednesday 6 September
7:30pm Dirty Jobs
8:20pm Kids On Speed?
9:20pm The Lie Detective
10:05pm Head First
10:55pm Catfish

Thursday 7 September
7:30pm Dirty Jobs
8:20pm Shaun Micallef’s MAD AS HELL
8:50pm The IT Crowd
9:20pm Utopia
9:50pm Live At The Apollo
10:35pm Broad City
10:55pm Arrested Development

Friday 8 September
7:30pm Dirty Jobs
8:20pm Catfish The TV Show
9:00pm Secret Life Of The Human Pups
9:45pm You Can’t Ask That
10:15pm Penn And Teller: Fool Us
11:00pm The Lie Detective

Saturday 9 September
7:30pm Penn And Teller: Fool Us
8:15pm Would I Lie To You?
8:45pm Live At The Apollo
9:30pm The IT Crowd
10:00pm Broad City
10:20pm Video Killed The Radio Star


#229

Week commencing 10 September


Sunday 10 September
7:30pm River Monsters
8:20pm The Checkout: Snack Size
8:30pm Fahrenheit 9/11
10:30pm Secret Life Of The Human Pups
11:10pm Louis Theroux

Monday 11 September
7:30pm Dirty Jobs
8:20pm The Checkout: Snack Size
8:30pm Louis Theroux
9:30pm Ross Kemp: Extreme World New Series
10:25pm Fahrenheit 9/11

Tuesday 12 September
7:30pm Dirty Jobs
8:20pm Hard Quiz
8:50pm Anthony Bourdain: Parts Unknown
9:35pm The Traffickers
10:15pm Ross Kemp: Extreme World
11:05pm Banged Up Abroad

Wednesday 13 September
7:30pm Dirty Jobs
8:20pm Life at 9
9:20pm The Lie Detective
10:05pm Head First
10:55pm Catfish

Thursday 14 September
7:30pm Dirty Jobs
8:20pm Gruen XL
9:00pm The IT Crowd
9:25pm Live At The Apollo
10:10pm Broad City
10:35pm Arrested Development

Friday 15 September
7:30pm Dirty Jobs
8:20pm Catfish The TV Show
9:00pm Websex: What’s The Harm?
10:00pm You Can’t Ask That
10:30pm Penn And Teller: Fool Us
11:10pm The Lie Detective

Saturday 16 September
7:30pm Penn And Teller: Fool Us
8:20pm Would I Lie To You?
8:50pm Live At The Apollo
9:33pm The IT Crowd
10:00pm Broad City
10:20pm Video Killed The Radio Star


#230

Week commencing 17 September


Sunday 17 September
7:30pm River Monsters
8:20pm The Checkout: Snack Size
8:30pm Blackfish
9:50pm Websex: What’s The Harm?
10:50pm Louis Theroux

Monday 18 September
7:30pm Dirty Jobs
8:20pm The Checkout: Snack Size
8:30pm Louis Theroux
9:30pm Ross Kemp: Extreme World
10:15pm Blackfish

Tuesday 19 September
7:30pm Women’s Football: Australia v Brazil AEST :soccer:
9:30pm Hard Quiz
10:00pm The Traffickers
10:45pm Ross Kemp: Extreme World
11:30pm Banged Up Abroad

Wednesday 20 September
7:30pm Dirty Jobs
8:20pm Life at 9
9:20pm The Lie Detective
10:05pm Head First
10:45pm Catfish

Thursday 21 September
7:30pm Dirty Jobs
8:20pm Gruen XL
9:50pm James Galea’s Best Trick Ever Series Premiere
10:10pm The IT Crowd:
10:35pm Live At The Apollo

Friday 22 September
7:30pm Dirty Jobs
8:20pm Catfish The TV Show
9:00pm Confessions Of A Sex Addict
10:00pm You Can’t Ask That
10:30pm Penn And Teller: Fool Us
11:10pm The Lie Detective

Saturday 23 September
7:30pm Penn And Teller: Fool Us
8:20pm Would I Lie To You?
8:50pm Live At The Apollo
9:33pm James Galea’s Best Trick Ever
10:40pm The IT Crowd


#231

Clique

From Friday 29 September at 9:00pm

Childhood soulmates Georgia (Aisling Franciosi) and Holly (Synnove Karlsen) are only a few weeks into the socalled best years of their lives at university in Edinburgh, when Georgia gets drawn into the elite clique of alpha-girls, led by lecturer Jude McDermid (Louise Brealey). Jude’s brand of feminism is alluring, just like the circle of bright students she surrounds herself with. Georgia’s effortless entry into the clique leaves Holly out in the cold. But Holly’s jealousy soon escalates to panic as Georgia begins acting erratically. Alarmed by this transformation in her best friend, Holly is compelled to follow her into Jude’s closely guarded circle.

What she discovers is a seductive world of lavish parties, populated by Edinburgh’s highest-powered business men and women. But it’s a world underpinned by sordid compromise, and as Holly exposes its deeply corrupt core, the danger mounts from all angles, for her and Georgia. Can Holly reclaim her soulmate? And at what cost to herself?

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From Monday 25 September at 7:00am


#232

Suspect

From Friday October 6 at 10:30pm

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From the producers of MTV’s Catfish: The TV Show, comes Suspect.

Across America, people are hiding deep secrets from their friends or loved ones. These lies can seriously damage a relationship and can wreak havoc on the lives of everyone involved.

In the hopes of bringing resolution to our concerned truth-seekers who have nowhere else to turn, Nev Schulman (Catfish) and his co-host, iO Tillett Wright tackle these deceptions head on. Nev and iO will examine the facts, seek out answers and push to uncover what’s really going on, delving into everything from secret identities, hidden addictions, to a host of other lies that could have hugely damaging consequences.

Through this process they hope to help bring the truth to the surface in order for these groups to move into a better and more honest relationship.

In the series premiere, Allen suspects his best friend is hiding an illness and Kristen is concerned her step-brother is binge-drinking.


#233

Almost as much damage as using an undercover crew to out your best friend’s illness on international television. No wonder they didn’t tell you, Allen, nor will they tell you anything from here on out.

Remember when they used to air The Tonight Show at 10:30pm on a Friday. Those were the days.


#234

Housemates - Season 2

From Wednesday 4 October at 9:20pm

Housemates uncovers the unique, unusual, and sometimes crazy ways Australians have made share housing work. In many streets across Australia, there will be some form of share house going on, and nearly everyone has had to share a house, flat or even bedroom at some point. Sharing a fridge or a bathroom with strangers is never easy. In series 2 of Housemates, we meet four very different share houses and the housemates that are trying to make it work.

There’s a ‘discipleship’ share house where everyone shares a room and a troubled background - but when two housemates leave, it is Jesus who chooses a replacement.

An all-female share house where two vegans and one meat-eater try to get along and go completely waste free - but when a new housemate moves in, can she fit in?

A sexually free and open share house where three male strippers, one ex-girlfriend, and one couple must manage all their relationships and keep the ‘family’ together.

And a group of anarchists who are launching their own community as they try to live outside of the capitalist system, but will it be a success? Each share house has a unique way of living, but could you live in these houses?

Production company: Mashup Pictures, Producer: Rob Innes & Mish Armstrong, Director: Rob Innes


#235

Week commencing 24 September


Sunday 24 September
7:30pm River Monsters
8:20pm TBA
8:30pm The Cove
10:00pm Louis Theroux
11:00pm Confessions Of A Sex Addict

Monday 25 September
7:30pm Dirty Jobs
8:20pm TBA
8:30pm Louis Theroux
9:30pm Ross Kemp: Extreme World
10:15pm The Cove

Tuesday 26 September
7:30pm River Monsters: Silent Assassin
8:20pm Hard Quiz
8:50pm Anthony Bourdain: Parts Unknown:
9:35pm Banged Up Abroad
10:20pm Ross Kemp: Extreme World
11:05pm That '70s Show

Wednesday 27 September
7:30pm Dirty Jobs
8:20pm TBA
8:30pm The Insider: Reggie Yates In A Texan Jail
9:20pm The Lie Detective Series Final
10:05pm Head First
11:05pm Catfish

Thursday 28 September
7:30pm Dirty Jobs
8:20pm Gruen XL
9:05pm James Galea’s Best Trick Ever Series Final
10:05pm The IT Crowd:
10:30pm Live At The Apollo

Friday 29 September
7:30pm Dirty Jobs
8:20pm Catfish The TV Show
9:00pm Clique Series Premiere
9:45pm Skimpy:
10:20pm Penn And Teller: Fool Us
11:00pm The Lie Detective

Saturday 30 September
7:30pm Penn And Teller: Fool Us
8:20pm Would I Lie To You?
8:45pm Live At The Apollo
9:30pm James Galea’s Best Trick Ever
10:30pm The IT Crowd


#236

Week commencing 1 October


Sunday 1 October
7:30pm River Monsters
8:20pm The Checkout: Snack Size
8:30pm The Summit
10:10pm Louis Theroux
11:10pm Clique

Monday 2 October
7:30pm Dirty Jobs
8:20pm The Checkout: Snack Size
8:30pm Louis Theroux
9:30pm Ross Kemp: Extreme World
10:15pm The Summit

Tuesday 3 October
7:30pm River Monsters: Silent Assassin
8:20pm Hard Quiz
8:50pm Anthony Bourdain: Parts Unknown:
9:35pm Banged Up Abroad
10:20pm Ross Kemp: Extreme World
11:05pm That '70s Show

Wednesday 4 October
7:30pm Dirty Jobs
8:20pm The Checkout: Snack Size
8:30pm The Insider: Reggie Yates In A Texan Jail
9:20pm Housemates New Series
9:50pm Head First
10:50pm Catfish The TV Show

Thursday 5 October
7:30pm Dirty Jobs
8:20pm Gruen XL
9:05pm The IT Crowd
9:30pm Live At The Apollo
10:20pm Housemates
10:50pm Scrotal Recall x 2

Friday 6 October
7:30pm Dirty Jobs
8:20pm Catfish The TV Show
9:00pm Clique
9:45pm Penn And Teller
10:30pm Suspect Series Premiere
11:15pm Anthony Bourdain

Saturday 7 October
7:30pm Penn And Teller: Fool Us
8:15pm Would I Lie To You?
8:45pm Live At The Apollo
9:30pm The IT Crowd
9:55pm How To Find The Perfect Flatmate
10:40pm That '70s Show


#237

Aaron Chen Tonight

From Thursday 12 October at 9:30pm

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Comedy ‘legend’ Aaron Chen is kicking goals in comedy: earlier this year he won best newcomer at the Melbourne International Comedy Festival and then he got owned by sports fans on Twitter. You might remember him as the sports presenter who single handedly ruined the Liverpool v Sydney FC soccer match. And now he’s got his own Tonight Show!

AARON CHEN TONIGHT picks up where John Conway Tonight left off. As John Conway’s sidekick, Aaron dutifully stepped whilst John was sick and somehow managed to transform the show into his own.

Now Chen leads a team of fresh-faced Aussie comedians who’ve come together to create an unruly and unforgettable TV experience. Will Erimya, Jenna Owen, Ben Russell, Penny Greenhalgh, Sam Campbell, Victoria Zerbst, Clinton Haines, Edan Lacey and special appearances from Tom Walker and Cassie Workman. These AARON CHEN TONIGHT players are a ragtag collection of clowns, improvisers, comics, writers, field hockey goalies, royal butlers, failed musicians and, above of, friends (as expected in their contracts).

There are chill interviews with crazy characters and real people: Georgia Love, Tom Ballard, Casey Donovan, DJ Douggpound, Justin Hamilton, and Jamie Timony.

Aaron Chen Tonight was staged very much within the bounds of a small café bar in Darlinghurst. It’s bright, colorful and delicious, but not safe to eat. It’s the little show that could…blow your socks off. It’s got all the best bits of the periodic table - potassium nitrate levels of explosive energy and a heart of gold. It’s out of bounds, out of sight and sometimes out of frame, an absurdist extension of a tonight show.


#238

The Insider: Reggie Yates - Season 2

From Wednesday 11 October at 8.30PM

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A year after spending a week living as an inmate, Reggie Yates is back in jail, this time as a guard. What is it like working in a system operating under unprecedented scrutiny?


#239

Rumour: Tom Ballard to host Daily Show for ABC2.


#240

Week commencing 8 October


Sunday 8 October
7:30pm River Monsters
8:20pm The Checkout: Snack Size
8:30pm Point and Shoot
9:50pm Louis Theroux
10:50pm Clique
11:35pm That '70s Show

Monday 9 October
7:30pm River Monsters
8:20pm The Checkout: Snack Size
8:30pm Louis Theroux
9:30pm Ross Kemp: Extreme World
10:15pm Point and Shoot

Tuesday 10 October
7:30pm River Monsters
8:20pm The Checkout
8:50pm Anthony Bourdain: Parts Unknown:
9:35pm The Not So Secret Life Of The Manic Depressive
10:35pm Ross Kemp: Extreme World
11:20pm That '70s Show

Wednesday 11 October
7:30pm River Monsters
8:20pm The Checkout: Snack Size
8:30pm The Insider: Reggie Yates
9:30pm Housemates
10:00pm Head First
11:00pm Catfish The TV Show

Thursday 12 October
7:30pm River Monsters
8:20pm Gruen XL
9:05pm The IT Crowd
9:30pm Aaron Chen Tonight Series Premiere
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From a small bar in Darlinghurst comes an absurdist extension of a tonight show as comedian Aaron Chen leads a team of fresh-paces Aussie comedians to create an unruly and unforgettable TV experience.
10:15pm Live At The Apollo
11:00pm Housemates

Friday 13 October
7:30pm River Monsters
8:20pm Catfish The TV Show
9:05pm Clique
9:50pm Penn And Teller
10:30pm Suspect
11:15pm Anthony Bourdain

Saturday 14 October
7:30pm Penn And Teller: Fool Us
8:15pm Would I Lie To You?
8:45pm Live At The Apollo
9:30pm The IT Crowd
9:55pm Aaron Chen Tonight Rpt
10:40pm That '70s Show


#241

Week commencing 15 October


Sunday 15 October
7:30pm River Monsters
8:20pm The Checkout: Snack Size
8:30pm Thrilla In Manilla
9:55pm Louis Theroux
10:55pm Clique
11:40pm That '70s Show

Monday 16 October
7:30pm River Monsters
8:20pm The Checkout: Snack Size
8:30pm Louis Theroux
9:30pm Ross Kemp
10:35pm Thrilla In Manilla

Tuesday 17 October
7:30pm River Monsters
8:20pm Hard Quiz
8:50pm Anthony Bourdain: Parts Unknown
9:35pm Banged Up Abroad
10:20pm Ross Kemp
11:50pm That '70s Show

Wednesday 18 October
7:30pm River Monsters
8:20pm The Checkout: Snack Size
8:30pm The Insider: Reggie Yates
9:20pm Housemates
9:50pm Head First
10:50pm Catfish

Thursday 19 October
7:30pm River Monsters
8:20pm Gruen XL
9:05pm The IT Crowd
9:30pm Aaron Chen Tonight
10:15pm Live At The Apollo
11:00pm Housemates

Friday 20 October
7:30pm River Monsters
8:20pm Catfish The TV Show
9:05pm Clique
9:50pm Penn And Teller
10:30pm Suspect
11:15pm The Insider: Reggie Yates In A Refugee Camp

Saturday 21 October
7:30pm Penn And Teller: Fool Us
8:15pm Would I Lie To You?
8:45pm Live At The Apollo
9:30pm The IT Crowd
9:55pm Aaron Chen Tonight Rpt
10:40pm Plebs


#242

Week commencing 22 October


Sunday 22 October
7:30pm River Monsters
8:20pm The Checkout: Snack Size
8:30pm David Bowie: The Last Five Years
10:00pm David Bowie: Five Years In The Making Of An Icon
11:00pm Louis Theroux

Monday 23 October
7:30pm River Monsters
8:20pm The Checkout: Snack Size
8:30pm Louis Theroux
9:30pm Ross Kemp
10:15pm David Bowie: The Last Five Years
11:45pm David Bowie: Five Years In The Making Of An Icon

Tuesday 24 October
7:30pm River Monsters
8:20pm Hard Quiz
8:50pm Anthony Bourdain: Parts Unknown
9:35pm Banged Up Abroad
10:20pm Ross Kemp
11:05pm That '70s Show x 2

Wednesday 25 October
7:30pm River Monsters
8:20pm The Checkout: Snack Size
8:30pm The Insider: Reggie Yates
9:25pm Housemates
9:55pm Head First
10:55pm Maddie Parry

Thursday 26 October
7:30pm River Monsters
8:20pm Gruen XL
9:05pm The IT Crowd
9:30pm Aaron Chen Tonight
10:20pm Live At The Apollo
11:05pm Plebs x 2

Friday 27 October
7:30pm River Monsters
8:20pm Catfish The TV Show
9:05pm Clique
9:45pm Penn And Teller
10:30pm Suspect
11:15pm The Insider: Reggie Yates

Saturday 28 October
7:30pm Penn And Teller: Fool Us
8:15pm Would I Lie To You?
8:45pm Live At The Apollo
9:30pm The IT Crowd
9:55pm Aaron Chen Tonight Rpt
10:45pm Plebs x 2


#243

Week commencing 29 October


Sunday 29 October
7:30pm River Monsters
8:20pm The Checkout: Snack Size
8:30pm 20 Feet From Stardom
10:00pm Louis Theroux
11:00pm Clique

Monday 30 October
7:30pm River Monsters
8:20pm The Checkout: Snack Size
8:30pm Louis Theroux
9:30pm Ross Kemp
10:15pm 20 Feet From Stardom
11:45pm Mission To Lars

Tuesday 30 October
7:30pm River Monsters
8:20pm Hard Quiz
8:50pm Anthony Bourdain: Parts Unknown
9:35pm Banged Up Abroad
10:20pm Ross Kemp
11:05pm Hard Time x 2

Wednesday 1 November
7:30pm River Monsters
8:20pm The Checkout: Snack Size
8:30pm Reggie Yates
9:25pm Prisoners And Pups
10:25pm Catfish The TV Show
11:05pm Our Gender Swap Wedding

Thursday 2 November
7:30pm River Monsters
8:20pm Gruen XL
9:05pm The IT Crowd
9:30pm Aaron Chen Tonight
10:15pm Live At The Apollo
11:00pm Plebs x 2

Friday 3 November
7:30pm River Monsters
8:20pm Catfish The TV Show
9:00pm Clique
9:50pm Dynamo: Magician Impossible
10:30pm Suspect
11:15pm Reggie Yates

Saturday 4 November
7:30pm Penn And Teller: Fool Us
8:15pm Would I Lie To You?
8:45pm Live At The Apollo
9:30pm The IT Crowd
9:55pm Aaron Chen Tonight Rpt
10:45pm Plebs x 2


#244

Louise Theroux: My Scientology Movie

From Monday 13 November at 8:30pm

Incomparable British broadcaster Louis Theroux is hilariously provocative in his first feature documentary, Louis Theroux: My Scientology Movie, created in collaboration with director John Dower and two-time Academy Award® winning producer Simon Chinn (Searching for Sugar Man, Man on Wire).

Following a long fascination with the religion, and with a lot of experience dealing with eccentric human behaviour, the beguilingly unassuming Theroux won’t take no for an answer when his request to enter the Church of Scientology’s Los Angeles headquarters is turned down.

Theroux’s insatiable curiosity motivates him to understand what life inside the Church is really like, and with the aid of former second-in-command at the Church, Mark ‘Marty’ Rathbun, he uses actors to replay incidents people claim they experienced with high profile members such as Tom Cruise and leader David Miscavige. In a bizarre twist, it becomes clear that the Church is also making a film about Louis Theroux.

Suffused with a good dose of humour and moments worthy of a Hollywood script, Theroux: My Scientology Movie is stranger than fiction.