When David Attenborough goes, Louis Theroux is heir apparent for the seat of the nation’s favourite documentarian. He deserves it, too, but for all his skill, he just about meets his match in the Church of Scientology, such a hefty target they merit his first film. Stonewalled by the ‘church,’ he instead sets about recreating life in it with actors under the direction of a prominent former member. If you’ve seen Alex Gibney’s Going Clear there won’t be much that’s new, but Theroux is an expert wind-up artist, and there moments of such absurdity it’s a miracle he keeps a straight face. Times
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