• Louis Theroux has previously likened the experience of boarding school to prison. (Getty Images)
Louis Theroux has spoken about his experience attending an all-boys boarding school.
By
Samuel Leighton-Dore

13 May 2019 - 3:25 PM  UPDATED 13 May 2019 - 3:25 PM

BBC presenter and documentary filmmaker Louis Theroux has opened up about his experience attending an all-boys boarding school, likening the institution to some of the prisons he's previously documented on-screen.

A part of the grounds for this comparison, he says, was the "relatively common" instances of "situational homosexuality".

Speaking on BBC Radio 4's Desert Island Discs, Theroux said: “There’s something about a lot of males, be they boys or men, in a confined space.

"Something about the improvised physical fabric, which is all higgledy-piggledy. And then… I hesitate to say this… a certain level of situational homosexuality.

“Which I think, I hope I’m not scandalising anyone, is relatively common, definitely in prison and to an extent in all-male boarding schools.

He added: “There’s a lot of other similarities. Cliqueishness and a sort of Darwinian atmosphere.”

Theroux's most recent documentary Mothers on the Edge, explores motherhood for those living with serious mental illness inside a psychiatric care facility.

“Postpartum mental illness, like many aspects of mental health, is all too common and not acknowledged enough," he explained.

“We as a society do so much to celebrate new motherhood and to romanticise the relationship between new mothers and their babies, for understandable reasons. But the sad fact is, for many mums, their experience of having a baby is traumatic and they don’t experience Hallmark Card feelings of love."

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