A Place for Paedophiles

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A Place for Paedophiles
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Written byLouis Theroux
StarringLouis Theroux
Country of originUnited Kingdom
Original language(s)English
Producer(s)Louis Theroux
Running time60 minutes
Original release21 April 2009 (2009-04-21)
Preceded byLaw and Disorder in Johannesburg
Followed byThe City Addicted to Crystal Meth

A Place for Paedophiles is a British documentary that was televised on 21 April 2009. Produced and presented by Louis Theroux, the documentary ran for 60 minutes,[1] and took place at Coalinga State Hospital, a hospital for paedophiles.[2][3] Theroux was the first film-maker to be allowed to film and interview the patients at the hospital.[4] The documentary can not legally be shown inside the United States as the patients are under psychological medical care and the showing would violate their Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 rights.[citation needed]


The program was widely praised for its approach to the subject of paedophilia.[5][2] Leicester Mercury called the programme "a brilliantly-made, well-observed documentary. Fascinating, not sensationalist or sympathetic."[6]

In 2010, Theroux received a Royal Television Society's award in the best presenter category for the documentary.[7][8]


  1. ^ Brillen, Andrew (April 20, 2009). "A Place for Paedophiles; No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency; Heartbeat". The Times. London, England: News UK. Retrieved September 21, 2010.
  2. ^ a b Sutcliffe, Tom (April 20, 2009). "The Weekend's Television: Louis Theroux – A place for Paedophiles, Sun, BBC2". The Independent. London, England: Independent Print Ltd. Retrieved September 21, 2009.
  3. ^ "Where they keep the paedophiles". BBC. April 17, 2009. Retrieved September 21, 2009.
  4. ^ [dead link]Cox, Emma (2009-04-17). "Day I met the paedos in paradise". The Sun. London. Retrieved 2010-10-04.
  5. ^ [dead link]"The Word On... Louis Theroux – A Place for Paedophiles". The Independent. London, England. April 24, 2009. Retrieved October 4, 2010.
  6. ^ "TV Review: Louis Theroux: A Place for Paedophiles". Leicester Mercury. Archived from the original on 13 January 2010. Retrieved 4 October 2010.
  7. ^ Williams, Lisa (2010-03-17). "Ianucci in the thick of the television awards". Scotsman. Edinburgh. Retrieved 2010-10-04.
  8. ^ "BBC triumphs at Royal Television Society awards". BBC. 2010-03-17. Retrieved 2010-10-04.

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