Grounded with Louis Theroux

Publisher:
BBC

Grounded with Louis Theroux

4.8/5

Critic Rating

4.2/5

Listener Rating

Stuck at home, Louis is using the lockdown to track down some high-profile people he's been longing to talk to - from all walks of life and on both sides of the Atlantic.


Critic Reviews

Score: 5

Fiona Sturges • The Guardian May 22, 2021

"Grounded With Louis Theroux, which features conversations with Michaela Coel, Jon Ronson and others, is excellent, largely because its host has made a career out of interviewing people and doesn’t shrink from asking difficult questions."

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Score: 5

Miranda Sawyer • The Guardian Jan 30, 2021

"There are, of course, umpteen celebrity interview podcasts out there. Often they’re hosted by celebrities themselves, who pull in brilliant guests, only to prove unable to actually interview them. Theroux’s is different. He has years of interviewing experience, and manages to cover both the tough and lighter topics that make such a conversation enthralling."

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Score: 4

James Marriot • The Times UK Jan 28, 2021

"Grounded with Louis Theroux, which is in its second season, remains one of the most reliably entertaining podcasts out there. If you’re stuck for something really good and absorbing to listen to try this.Americans especially seem to have a hard time reading him, which tends to make them unusually vulnerable."

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Score: 5

Alice Florence Orr • PodcastReview.org Jan 20, 2021

"As Theroux himself puts it, the show is a mix of “the celebrated, the controversial, and the occasionally shocking,” but trust me when I say it’s also a pleasure."

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Score: 5

Zoe Browne • Atta Girl Nov 12, 2020

"It lends it a strange, otherworldly air to the conversations and deliciously, irresistibly, gives you the undeniable sense that they all forgot they were being recorded. there is an unexpected rawness and edge. These conversations make you feel like you are accidentally overhearing an hour-long heart to heart between friends whilst hiding in a wardrobe."

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Score: 5

James Marriot • The Times UK May 2, 2020

"(Season 1) ...Theroux’s new interview podcast, is a joy, and Ronson is an ideal first guest. Theroux and Ronson possess that elusive, unplaceable quality of interestingness that is not quite the same as charisma, but which is its close relation. Theroux uses his ingenuous style to introduce an enjoyable filigree trace of tension..."

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Listener Reviews

Score: 4.5

Cara L. Feb 3, 2021

"I didn't know much about Sia except she wears a wig to conceal her identity. But in this podcast, she really opens up...in a big way. She seems to be friendly with Louis, her interviewer so it sounds like you're listening in to a conversation between two buddies. Her life is super interesting...and gets deep/a little bit devastating towards the end."


Score: 5

Cara L. Jun 12, 2020

"Wow. Miriam Margolyes is nearly 80 and still loves to talk about sex. I nearly spat my tea out, listening to this. To be honest, some of it was a bit crass but I still listened to the end. I usually love anything by Louis Theroux but I'm not a huge fan of these podcasts as they're not super intelligent. Aside from lots of sex, Miriam discusses how it was to grow up in the UK as a Jew and antisemitism in the UK."


Score: 3

Cara L. Jun 7, 2020

"Honestly, I didn’t know who Rose McGowan was but I love Louis Theroux’s work so I gave this episode a listen. What an interesting life Rose has had. She details growing up in a cult, her work as an actress over the years as well as all of the dealings she had with Harvey Weinstein. And what awful dealings they were. Louis probes Rose with some difficult questions. Rose is obviously very angry with how those in the movie industry facilitated Weinstein and his abuse. There are parts of this podcast in which you can feel Rose seething; her anger is palpable."


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