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Getting Theroux It Louis Theroux tells Ryan Tubridy that he drank 'too much' in lockdown

The BBC documentarian is set to release his latest book which is described as “an honest, hilarious and ultimately heartwarming diary of the weirdness of family life in Covid World.”

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Louis Theroux (Matt Crossick/PA)

Louis Theroux (Matt Crossick/PA)

Louis Theroux (Matt Crossick/PA)

Louis Theroux has revealed how he stayed sane during the first coronavirus lockdown.

The BBC documentarian is set to release his latest book, Theroux the Keyhole, which is described as “an honest, hilarious and ultimately heartwarming diary of the weirdness of family life in Covid World.”

Speaking to Ryan Tubridy on his RTÉ Radio show on Monday, Theroux shared how online home workouts with Joe Wicks (aka The Body Coach) and “drinking too much” kept him going over the last year.

“The original diary was 150,000 words; it was a real diary that I began mid-March 2020 and continued for more than a year,” the 51-year-old said.

“Then I pruned it just to have a little mercy upon my readership back to around 80,000 words but a lot of stuff I took out was: I don't think we need another account of me drinking too much and my wife saying, ‘Are you drunk’ and me saying, ‘I've had a couple but I wouldn't say I'm drunk’ and then she would say, ‘Why are you slurring your words then?’

“I was definitely drinking too much but not because of a sense of loss of control, it was one of the pleasures of lockdown.

“We had been robbed of so many pleasures when we were cooped up and there was also a lot of stress going on so I would find that it was just something I enjoyed doing and the next morning, I would generally be doing a Joe Wicks workout.

“So, I thought it was kind of balancing out in the end... I would say, notwithstanding the untold liver damage from boozing, on the outside at least, I looked very physically fit and feel as though I'm on top of my game,” he added.

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