Louis Theroux: Extreme Love

Series 1 - 2. Louis Theroux: Extreme Love - Dementia

Radio Times
Review by:
Alison Graham

There’s something of One Flew over the Cuckoo’s Nest about the Beatitudes centre in Phoenix, Arizona, a “retirement community” for men and women who have dementia. Listen closely and you can hear soothing music; the long white corridors seem endless, and none of the patients can get out.

In a sad, revealing hour Theroux meets residents, their families and carers looking after loved ones in their own homes. Like John, 89, who wears a name badge so his adored wife Nancy can try to remember who he is. Theroux visits Glen and his wife, who at 49 can’t recall how to use a mobile. Glen thinks about the future: “Do I go to the courts and get a divorce to make her a ward of the state?”

About this programme

2/2. Louis visits Phoenix, Arizona, to explore dementia, a condition that steadily erodes the personality of its sufferers and constantly tests the people looking after their loved ones. He visits Beatitudes care home, where he meets Gary, a 69-year-old who thinks he is still a practising dentist and denies ever marrying Carla, his wife of 20 years. He also becomes carer for the day to Nancy, a former New York model who regularly gets confused, but whose husband still sees glimpses of the woman he first fell in love with.

Cast and crew


Louis Theroux


Dan Child
Executive Producer
Nick Mirsky