A Place for Paedophiles

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A Place for Paedophiles
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Genre Documentary
Distributed by BBC
Produced by Louis Theroux
Written by Louis Theroux
Starring Louis Theroux
Country United Kingdom
Language English
Release date 21 April 2009 (2009-04-21)
Running time 60 minutes
Preceded by Law and Disorder in Johannesburg
Followed by The 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 inmates at the hospital.[4]


The program was widely praised for its approach to the subject of paedophilia.[5][6] Leicester Mercury called the programme "a brilliantly-made, well-observed documentary. Fascinating, not sensationalist or sympathetic."[7]

In 2010, Theroux received a Royal Television Society's award in the best presenter category for the documentary.[8][9]


  1. ^ Billen, Andrew (2009-04-20). "A Place for Paedophiles; No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency; Heartbeat". Times (London). Retrieved 2010-09-21. 
  2. ^ Sutcliffe, Tom (2009-04-20). "The Weekend's Television: Louis Theroux – A place for Paedophiles, Sun, BBC2". Independent (London). Retrieved 2010-09-21. 
  3. ^ "Where they keep the paedophiles". BBC. 2009-04-17. Retrieved 2010-09-21. 
  4. ^ Cox, Emma (2009-04-17). "Day I met the paedos in paradise". The Sun (London). Retrieved 2010-10-04. 
  5. ^ "The Word On... Louis Theroux – A Place for Paedophiles". The Independent (London). 2009-04-24. Retrieved 2010-10-04. 
  6. ^ Sutcliffe, Tom (2009-04-20). "The Weekend's Television: Louis Theroux – A place for Paedophiles, Sun, BBC2". The Independent (London). Retrieved 2010-10-04. 
  7. ^ "TV Review: Louis Theroux: A Place for Paedophiles". Leicester Mercury. Retrieved 2010-10-04. 
  8. ^ Williams, Lisa (2010-03-17). "Ianucci in the thick of the television awards". Scotsman (Edinburgh). Retrieved 2010-10-04. 
  9. ^ "BBC triumphs at Royal Television Society awards". BBC. 2010-03-17. Retrieved 2010-10-04. 

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