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 release19 April 2009 (2009-04-19)
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 19 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 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 (20 April 2009). "A Place for Paedophiles; No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency; Heartbeat". The Times. London, England: News UK. Retrieved 21 September 2010.
  2. ^ a b Sutcliffe, Tom (20 April 2009). "The Weekend's Television: Louis Theroux – A place for Paedophiles, Sun, BBC2". The Independent. London, England: Independent Print Ltd. Retrieved 21 September 2009.
  3. ^ "Where they keep the paedophiles". BBC. 17 April 2009. Retrieved 21 September 2009.
  4. ^ [dead link]Cox, Emma (17 April 2009). "Day I met the paedos in paradise". The Sun. London. Retrieved 4 October 2010.
  5. ^ [dead link]"The Word On... Louis Theroux – A Place for Paedophiles". The Independent. London, England. 24 April 2009. Retrieved 4 October 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 (17 March 2010). "Ianucci in the thick of the television awards". Scotsman. Edinburgh. Retrieved 4 October 2010.
  8. ^ "BBC triumphs at Royal Television Society awards". BBC. 17 March 2010. Retrieved 4 October 2010.

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