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Louis Theroux: LA Stories - BBC2 - 23/3 9PM

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City Of Dogs

BBC Two - 23 Mar 2014 - 21.00

 

Louis heads to one of the toughest neighbourhoods in the south of the city to investigate how hundreds of neglected and often dangerous dogs roam the streets or suffer mistreatment in chaotic homes. Louis joins dog catchers from the city’s biggest pound as they enter some of the roughest districts to capture or seize dogs. Thousands are euthanized in LA each year, while others are put up for rescue or adoption. In some of LA’s more affluent neighbourhoods, Louis meets the dog-lovers and trainers trying to rehabilitate troubled dogs, while back in south LA we also meet a former gang member who helps turn dogs into weapons.
 

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Louis Theroux's LA Stories: life in the City Of Dogs
From weaponised pitbulls to yelpy mutts en route to the fertiliser factory, the first LA Stories is unrelentingly sad

 

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Louis Theroux with Dog Man. Photograph: Steve Schofield/BBC
 

Masked by a heat haze, Los Angeles is the genesis of approximately 92% of the American cultural references sent down the wire, yet the city is still too American for British people to fully comprehend. How welcome, then, that Louis Theroux takes his cameras to the city for his new documentary series Louis Theroux's LA Stories (Sunday, 9pm, BBC2).

 

In the first instalment, City Of Dogs, Louis looks at a scattering of LA's 8 million canines (that's roughly two for every human), focusing on the neglected and rejected ones at the peripheries and those who care for them. One of those carers is Leslie. I imagine Leslie as a sweet girl, day-dreaming about one day working with animals. Fast-forward a couple of grim decades held together by Xanax and gritted teeth, and Leslie is a screw on doggy death row, a supervisor at a full-to-bursting kennel in South LA. The pound packs in so many unwanted dogs that her job requires her to do in thousands of them each year. She kills 'em but they keep coming, like a burst dog pipe shooting out a jet of mangy mutts.

 

Trying to stem that flow is Dogman, a pitbull enthusiast who's given up his life to round up, rehabilitate and re-home feral dogs. He has the eyes of a bloodhound who's tired of your shit and the impassive manner of one of Leslie's euthanised hounds, even when he's lamenting broken puppy hearts. In Compton, Dogman introduces Louis to ex-hood Malcolm, who runs a street training school that turns dogs into growling slaughter machines. Think of a canine terminator with a giant clockwork jaw of steel and razor wire: that's Malcolm's dog. If you get too close to Malcolm, the dog will bite you. If you think about getting too close to Malcolm, the dog will bite you. Malcolm insists his dogs can read your mind and duly tear out whichever part of your body you value most.

 

It might raise an eyebrow, but at least Malcolm's psychic biting force have found a role in life. Across town, we're introduced to pitbull cross Caspar, who was adopted by fashion designer Nancy and artist Max just five months ago. It's hard to tell through the muzzle he wears and the cage he's confined to, but Caspar has the looks of a vintage mohair jumper and the charm of a pneumatic drill hammering through your nan's heirloom china. His owners – a dribble of bohemian frizz and batik dungarees – have bitten off more than they can chew and are already looking for permission to put him down. Seriously, the couple couldn't parody themselves harder if they brought in a zen trainer to sort Caspar out. Which, of course, they do. Twat in a hat Matt doesn't tell us what's zen about his training, or even what his methods entail, offering only: "As a pack leader I don't pretend, defend or explain, because you're genetically wired to follow me." For a pack leader, by the way, he's remarkably shit at getting the little prick to stop barking. When Louis returns later in the programme, Caspar has chomped up Nancy's leg and been despatched to doggy Broadmoor in the sky.

 

Apart from the bit where Nancy becomes a string of patchouli-flavoured sausages, City Of Dogs is unrelentingly sad. Dogs are barking, wagging canaries, facsimiles of whatever environment they were raised in. It's easy to shed tears over fwuffy pooches, but as short-sighted as a one-eyed poodle. It's the people who have the problems, and not knowing how to love something so lovable is towards the back of their bumper book of gnawing issues.

 

Rows of skinny, yelping mutts destined for the fertiliser factory is the result of society's own very human problems. But what TV shows have known for a long time is that dusty crackheads aren't half as cute as even the mangiest dog. Even so, there's not much absurdity for Louis to play against here. I suppose it's appropriate, but I did find myself wishing he'd snap out of his concerned six-foot baguette shtick and give us some of the childish baiting he's known for, just for a break in the misery of it all.

 

 

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Programme about dogs???  ^_)

Fascinating

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Programme about dogs???  ^_)

Fascinating

innit prefer the ones like the crazy religious people, or the one in the jail

will still watch tho

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Don't care what it's about, Theroux can make a document about Dust and make it interesting.

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Good watch.

 

The way that trainer in the army combats tamed that crazy dog was sick. 

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gonna watch now

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making me want a dog

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"Take your bitch ass back to London"

:lol:

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was alright, not his best doc but louis still went in, fully drew the emotions out of that bald guy.

 

The russian milf >>

 

"i just bought a new car"

 

baider :lol:

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that trainer with the combat jacket >>>

 

much better than cesar millan, trained that dog so calm

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Every time he spoke I just imagined it was DMX ha

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that trainer with the combat jacket >>>

 

much better than cesar millan, trained that dog so calm

 

I swear they edited out some parts lol, how did he just sit on him and stroke him and everything was fine.

 

This was a dog that only a day before was barking constantly, and had to have a muzzle on its mouth.

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there was probably a bit more involved, but i reckon it is possible to 'reset' a dogs behaviour pretty quickly, you could tell that woman didnt have a clue what she was doing, when a real pack leader came along it sekkled quickly

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Good documentary tbh.

 

Louis always comes correct. no homo

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there was probably a bit more involved, but i reckon it is possible to 'reset' a dogs behaviour pretty quickly, you could tell that woman didnt have a clue what she was doing, when a real pack leader came along it sekkled quickly

Nor did her wotless boyfriend

He claimed the dog unserped him

Good documentary imo- lots of eemotions

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GREAT DOCU

 

That hippy couple were shit.. were too weak n jus gave up on him

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watching it now

 

good watch

 

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Trevor McDonald is a terrible documentarist, one of his is on as well

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