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Thanks to the billions generated by Purdue and donated by the Sacklers, the family name can be found adorning a wing of the Louvre in Paris, in the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York as well as the V&A, the Serpentine and Shakespeare's Globe in London among many, many others. 3 years ago | 24.4K views. JavaScript seems to be disabled. What does the world want from Joe Biden? America's Most Hated Family Louis Theroux struggles to come to terms with the infamous Phelps family from Topeka, over 12 years and three documentaries. Louis wrote: "There are fifty-odd hours of my old shows on BBC iPlayer, on the off chance you are self-isolating and bored." America has taken our darkest desires and commodified them. The BBC is not responsible for the content of external sites. Louis Therouxs Weird Weekends S02E01 Infomercials. A spokesperson for Sackler family members said, "For more than half a century, several generations of Sacklers have supported respected institutions that play crucial roles in health, research, education, the arts and the humanities. Surviving America’s Most Hated Family sees celebrated documentary-maker Louis Theroux on his third visit to Kansas to reintroduce us to the notorious religious group. It paints the Sacklers as forceful board members, intent on pushing Purdue Pharma's salesforce to persuade doctors to prescribe more and more OxyContin at higher doses to their patients. Is this America's most hated family? Each of the brothers owned a third of the firm but when Arthur Sackler died in 1987, Mortimer and Raymond bought out his stake. Louis Theroux’s documentaries are on BBC iPlayer (Picture: Wire Image) ... LA Stories, and The Most Hated Family In America amid the coronavirus pandemic. Search the BBC Search the BBC. Louis examines how the greatest source of love in our lives can also cause deep pain. The BBC is not responsible for the content of external sites. With powerful opioids like Fentanyl entering the illegal drugs market, the risk of overdose increased. Louis Theroux The Most Hated Family In America. If you have a drug that is difficult to stop taking you've got a pretty good recipe for financial success.". Purdue Pharma went on to invent OxyContin, a prescription painkiller with a slow release formula which hit the US market in 1996. The BBC has added 70 archive documentaries to its iPlayer streaming service, including almost all of Louis Theroux‘s back catalogue.. From today (September 6), viewers will be able to … His wife Dame Theresa Sackler - a trustee of the V&A - has been a board member at Purdue as have Mortimer's daughters Ilene Sackler Lefcourt and Kathe Sackler and son Mortimer Sackler. The company is one of a number opioid manufacturers and distributors who are accused of using misleading marketing about the drug and downplaying concerns about abuse and addiction to encourage doctors to prescribe more of it. Dr Kolodny says that for people in their 20s, who may have tried a prescription opioid "for fun" and become hooked, it was difficult for them to get more off a doctor because they looked healthy. India begins world's biggest Covid vaccine drive, Why California is struggling to contain Covid, The other virus that has scientists worried, .css-1snjdh1-IconContainer{display:none;height:0.875em;width:0.875em;vertical-align:-0.0625em;margin-right:0.25em;}Four-year-old's viral dinosaur song made into book. Playing next. Louis Theroux struggles to come to terms with the infamous Phelps family … But Andrew Kolodny, co-director of the Opioid Policy Research Collaborative at Brandeis University, describes the philanthropy as "reputation laundering". Louis Theroux. This film sees Theroux head off to Portland, … Read about our approach to external linking. He says: "There wasn't very much money to be made if OxyContin had only been prescribed to people at the end of life with cancer because end of life cancer pain is not that common and people won't be on your drug for very long at the end of life. Video, The surveillance of Martin Luther King Jr. Video, The surveillance of Martin Luther King Jr, Final execution of Trump presidency is carried out, Centrist elected leader of Merkel's CDU party, Tennis stars' arrival angers stranded Australians, Signal messaging service goes down amid user surge, 'Like a medieval battle': The riots frontline, Nasa's 'megarocket' set to fire up engines, National Portrait Gallery drops £1m donor. Among the lawsuits facing Purdue are some that name members of the Sackler family. Browse more videos. One girl's quest for clean water. Bliss, right? MORE: Nice Guy of the Week - Louis Theroux. It also presents Richard Sackler as someone who does not view OxyContin as contributing to opioid addiction, instead blaming the individuals themselves. some people’s most fervent beliefs can lead to conflict. By Dearbail Jordan Business reporter in New York. BBC Two. Ashley Ard became known as 'the most hated woman in Alaska' after leaving her newborn baby girl for dead in a local park, within hours of giving birth to her in the bath at home.. The announcement comes as Canadian broadcaster Corus Entertainment is closing its BBC Canada specialty channel at the end of December. 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"The pills on the street, even in 2001 were very expensive, he says. The documentary-maker spends three weeks with the controversial Phelps family, who make up most of the 71-strong congregation of the Westboro Baptist Church of Topeka, Kansas. Kalesiknife. Dr Kolodny says: "Certainly there were other drug companies that saw how well this was working out for Purdue and got into it early on as well. Altered States: Love Without Limits (2018) BBC iPlayer. Louis Theroux explores how America has taken our darkest desires and commodified them. Directed by Geoffrey O'Connor. Just a heads up that this Sunday April 3 at 9.00-10.00pm on BBC TWO will be the new Louis Theroux documentary 'America’s Most Hated Family In Crisis'. With prescription opiods in more bathroom cabinets across America, family members were becoming exposed. 42:30. This week in the US, the House Oversight Committee said it is seeking information from Purdue about which Sacklers sat on the board as well as documents detailing marketing strategies for selling OxyContin. With Louis Theroux, Fred Phelps, Bethany Hockenbarger, Chris Jakes. Following up on his 2007 documentary, The Most Hated Family in America, Louis Theroux returns to Topeka, Kansas, for a week-long visit with the Westboro Baptist Church. There has also been speculation that Purdue Pharma may filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy which would automatically stay all litigation against the company and allow the firm to be reorganised. The Most Hated Family in America Louis Theroux with (left to right) Noah Phelps-Roger, Margie Phelps and Pastor Fred Phelps They call themselves the most hated family in the US and they picket funerals of soldiers killed in Iraq. BBC Select will reportedly come to Canada with programming that has never been available here before. Thankfully though, the BBC have just uploaded a ton of classic Louis Theroux docs onto iPlayer - meaning that they are free to watch if you are in the UK and have a TV license. Life on the Edge: 2. greatest source of love in our lives can also cause deep pain. "So the way you can do well with a pharmaceutical product is if doctors prescribe it for common problems like lower back pain or headaches. "Our hearts go out to those affected by drug abuse or addiction.". Now, some in the arts say they don't want the Sacklers' money anymore. Arthur, Mortimer, and Raymond Sackler were all doctors and in the early 1950s they bought a medicine company called Purdue Frederick which would become Purdue Pharma. Published. Louis spends three weeks with the controversial Phelps family, who make up most of the 71-strong congregation of the Westboro Baptist Church of Topeka, Kansas. The Anglo-American billionaire dynasty are prolific philanthropists and some of Britain's best-known art galleries, museums, theatres and universities have benefited from their generosity. Theroux has got some good mileage out of the Phelps’s family, but paradoxically the Phelps’s family has also got something back from Theroux, new members, new recruits. Watch now Louis Theroux returns to visit the Westboro … Purdue Pharma is facing hundreds and hundreds of lawsuits because of OxyContin. 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Louis Theroux The Most Hated Family in America Contains some strong language. Louis Therouxs Weird Weekends S03E06 Gangsta Rap. The Most Hated Family in America "So young white people in the US in their 20s and 30s started switching from pills to heroin.". © 2021 BBC. 41:23. But his main rival Bobi Wine claims vote-rigging and vows to produce evidence. For the some of the people who have been campaigning against the Sacklers, announcements by the Tate and the National Portrait Gallery are "very welcome". That's one big, soothing Louis binge. Mortimer, who was awarded an honorary knighthood by the Queen, died in 2010. Video, Four-year-old's viral dinosaur song made into book, What does the world want from Joe Biden? "That's what they were doing with all of this money they were giving to museums and to universities," he says. The Most Hated Family in America Film titlecard Written byLouis Theroux Directed byGeoffrey O'Connor StarringLouis Theroux Fred Phelps Shirley Phelps-Roper Steve Drain Country of originUnited Kingdom Original languageEnglish Production ProducerGeoffrey O'Connor EditorRob Kuhns Running time60 minutes DistributorBBC Release Original release April 2007 The Most Hated Family in America is a 2007 BBC documentary film written and presented by Louis Theroux … Much of the Sackler family's fortune comes from Purdue Pharma. You can watch Louis Theroux: Surviving America’s Most Hated Family TONIGHT at 9pm on BBC2. But behind the money is a firm called Purdue Pharma, a US company owned by many of the Sacklers which makes opioids - a class of drugs linked to the deaths of thousands of Americans. The Most Hated Family in America is a TV documentary written and presented by the BBC's Louis Theroux about the family at the heart of the Westboro Baptist Church. What happens to your body in extreme heat? 50 hours! ", But he claims: "Purdue got the ball rolling.". Dr Kolodny says that opioids had mostly been used to treat people with cancer, for end of life care or after surgery for a limited time. Watch now Audio Described. It says it is "is replete with sensational and inflammatory allegations" and is "oversimplified scapegoating based on a distorted account of the facts unsupported by applicable law". His son Richard, who is known within Purdue as Dr Richard, was chairman and president of Purdue. Following up on his 2007 documentary, The Most Hated Family in America, Louis Theroux returns to Topeka, Kansas, for a week-long visit with the Westboro Baptist Church. The Most Hated Family in America. Signed. Others involved or have been with Purdue are Raymond Sackler's wife Beverly, their other son Jonathan and Raymond Sackler's grandson David. You can watch Louis Theroux: Surviving America's Most Hated Family TONIGHT at 9pm on BBC2. So you might want to hit record on Love Island which will be airing at the same time over on ITV2. They are the culprits and the problem. Read about our approach to external linking. The selection spans the whole of Theroux's career - from his recent Dark States series, all the way back to Weird Weekends (and yes, the rap episode is on there!) Nan Goldin who became dependent on OxyContin, says it is a sign "the tide is really turning". In particular, the complaint by Massachusetts Attorney General, Maura Healey, recently released a number of potentially damning documents and alleges that "they directed deceptive sales and marketing practices deep within Purdue". Tate art galleries shun Sackler money over opioid crisis, Four-year-old's viral dinosaur song made into book. documentaries he has made about American criminal justice. So you might want to hit record on Love Island which will be airing at the same time over on ITV2. Please enable JavaScript to take full advantage of iPlayer. The Most Hated Family in America (BBC) Edited on Fri Mar-30-07 09:03 AM by Canuckistanian. You can watch Louis Theroux: Surviving America's Most Hated Family TONIGHT at 9pm on BBC2. After The Most Hated Family in America and America’s Most Hated Family in Crisis, Surviving America’s Most Hated Family focuses on the members who have left the church and where they are today. Louis Theroux The Most Hated Family In America. So you might want to hit record on Love Island which will be airing at the same time over on ITV2. Louis Theroux reflects on documentaries he has made about American criminal justice. The programme by everyone’s favourite documentary-maker will last for an … Louis Theroux - Surviving America's Most Hated Family is available to stream and download on BBC iPlayer. Report. It has been a privilege to support the vital work of these organizations and we remain dedicated to doing so. More. At the heart of the documentary is the Westboro Baptist Church (WBC), headed by Fred Phelps and based in Topeka, Kansas. "While plaintiffs' court filings have created an erroneous picture and resulted in unwarranted criticism, we remain committed to playing a substantive role in addressing this complex public health crisis. VideoFour-year-old's viral dinosaur song made into book, Why a teacher was killed 'execution-style' in Ethiopia, End to Gibraltar land border prompts joy and trepidation. VideoWhat does the world want from Joe Biden? Programme Explorer, Discover 208,240 radio and TV programmes from across the BBC, on BBC Sounds and iPlayer Louis Theroux Surviving America's Most Hated Family. This includes Selling Sex, Surviving America’s Most Hated Family and Grayson Perry: American Road Trip. Follow. And in New York, the Solomon R Guggenheim Museum, which has received a total of $9m (£6.8m) from the Sacklers, said it did not plan to accept any more gifts from the family. Many of Fred Phelps’ family members have left the church including his granddaughter Megan Phelps-Roper. In an email included the Massachusetts complaint, Richard Sackler wrote: "We have to hammer on the abusers in every way possible. My tag-line was the Phelps’s family were no longer America’s most hated family, because that was the Trump’s. Purdue Pharma strongly denies the claims. But she says while it is important to "acknowledge that this was a bold step for institutions to take", she asks; "If museums don't stand for the basic value of human life what do they stand for? With Fentanyl, the opioid epidemic which the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says began with prescription painkillers then heroin, is now in its third wave. Louis Theroux returns to visit the controversial Westboro Baptist Church, investigating what effect the death of its founder has had on its members and those who have since left. By Dearbail JordanBusiness reporter in New York. The Most Hated Family in America Louis Theroux struggles to come to terms with the infamous Phelps family from Topeka, Kansas, who picket countrywide as a … Louis Theroux explores how some people’s most fervent beliefs can lead to conflict. "Their wealth was earned through the sales of a drug similar to heroin.'". This week alone, the Tate said it would no longer take funds from the family while the National Portrait Gallery and the Sackler Trust said they would not proceed with a £1m donation. In 2007 special The Most Hated Family In America, Louis meets the family behind the … The Dark Side of Pleasure. VideoOne girl's quest for clean water, The surveillance of Martin Luther King Jr. VideoThe surveillance of Martin Luther King Jr, Striking news pictures from around the world. Wishful thinking. They are reckless criminals.". LA Kauffman, an activist and author who is a member of Prescription Addiction Intervention Now, a group started by US photographer. 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