A Place for Paedophiles

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A Place for Paedophiles
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Written by Louis Theroux
Starring Louis Theroux
Country of origin United Kingdom
Original language(s) English
Producer(s) Louis Theroux
Running time 60 minutes
Distributor BBC
Original release 21 April 2009 (2009-04-21)
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 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][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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