Derren Brown - Apocalypse

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Seen a couple of trailers for this and it makes my tummy churn with a kind of horrible fascination. Is it acceptable to do this to a person do we think? I know they have signed up at some degree at some point, but surely it could seriously, seriously fuck you up?? Here is the trailer

I was thinking the same to be honest, surely extreme pressure like this could cause psychological damage, anxiety and post traumatic stress?

griphook Tue 23-Oct-12 21:37:28

Did you ever see the stunt where he convinced a woman that she had died that was very scary

The one were he made a man confess to murdering someone that he hadn't haunted me for weeks. Scary

griphook Wed 24-Oct-12 19:31:38

Ooo I missed that one. Will be watching this one, although I find derren brown terrifying.

EdsRedeemingQualities Thu 25-Oct-12 13:53:51

I just saw the trailer for this and tbh he sounds like a power crazed, mercenary lunatic.

i totally think it could cause damage.

It's emotional manipulation to get money/viewers/whatever - never, ever gets past my bullshit radar. I HATE stuff like this.

EdsRedeemingQualities Thu 25-Oct-12 13:54:40

I've never watched the bloke before btw...makes me feel sick.

To be fair psychiatrists were involved with the selection and afterwards to make sure the guy was ok.

Bomper Thu 25-Oct-12 21:53:10

Love Derren Brown - think he's fab. <runs away and hides in the corner>

EdsRedeemingQualities Fri 26-Oct-12 08:17:42

But it's just so horrid. Really horrid idea, and all to make people be shocked.


strandednomore Fri 26-Oct-12 08:19:59

Did anyone see the one where they convinced a whole of particularly gullible young people they had gone into space (nothing to do with Derren Brown but was Ch4 I think)? It was actually quite funny.
This one though I am unsure about.

EdsRedeemingQualities Fri 26-Oct-12 08:58:32

Won't it make the person really, really upset and frightened? Or is that the whole point?

I don't understand that mentality, watching people suffer, because they believe something terrible has happened. Oh such fun. It's a bit like Kay whatshername from Sky.

Elsqueak Fri 26-Oct-12 10:47:37

If participants consent to be manipulated that's fine and up to them.

From the trailer it looks awful though. Personally, I won't be watching as that dark devastation reminds me of the 7/7 bombings.
He will no doubt make a tidy profit from terrifying the guy.

squoosh Fri 26-Oct-12 11:50:28

Can't stand weasely little Derren Brown. Find his programmes manipulative and more unforgivably than that, boring.

WereTricksPotter Fri 26-Oct-12 12:02:48

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EdsRedeemingQualities Fri 26-Oct-12 12:08:25

Why do people even sign up for it though? I don't understand their motivation.

WereTricksPotter Fri 26-Oct-12 12:12:31

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TheCountessOlenska Fri 26-Oct-12 21:18:45

I'm watching! Is it weird that I'd quite like this to be done to me? I'd be interested to find out if I'd be a quivering wreck or a warrior grin

Looks like there's a hint of zombie as well!!

PrincessSymbian Fri 26-Oct-12 21:28:11

I'm enjoying it, though it does feel a bit totally evil! But it's still interesting and I really like Derren Brown
The hacking is really amazing stuff.

Rollergirl1 Fri 26-Oct-12 21:30:10

Agree the person knows what they're signing up to. Also think all the prep is unbelievable. Would have cost far too much to plant all that stuff. That's all for the TV show.

I think it's all an absolute croc of shit. Derren, you balding cnut.

Rollergirl1 Fri 26-Oct-12 21:35:10

OMG, seriously? This is just bollocks!!!

PrincessSymbian Fri 26-Oct-12 21:35:35

They are all actors. Including the guy who is meant to be being apocolypsed!

ledkr Fri 26-Oct-12 21:36:33

I don't like the way he's dressing it up as doing the guy a favour. Dh said its just an elaborate beadles about

griphook Fri 26-Oct-12 21:38:37

It's basically 28 days later and day of the triffids.

Beadles about, think your dh might be right

Chubfuddler Fri 26-Oct-12 21:39:34

Loathsome self aggrandising little arse of same ilk as jezza Kyle and Matthew wright.

Yuk yuk yuk

ledkr Fri 26-Oct-12 21:40:05


ledkr Fri 26-Oct-12 21:41:27

What if he decides to end his life

griphook Fri 26-Oct-12 21:42:45

Run in and stop the whole thing

griphook Fri 26-Oct-12 21:43:04

It's not very good is it

Rollergirl1 Fri 26-Oct-12 21:44:05

griphook: my DH said exactly the same thing as I was reading your post. I hate this. Derren Brown is not a messiah. This is TV bullshit. The guy is acting. He may be suggestible and scared but he's also acting up.

SecretCervix Fri 26-Oct-12 21:45:38

Am watching now. Its quite freaky.

bagpuss Fri 26-Oct-12 21:46:37

I agree, this is rubbish. Dh and I are both laughing - it looks so amateur.

TheCountessOlenska Fri 26-Oct-12 21:46:39

Yeah actually our hero is totally acting (not very well) - I don't buy his reactions at all!

Hmm think I'd be better off re-watching 28 Days Later grin

MrsjREwing Fri 26-Oct-12 21:46:46

Poor Steve. Zombies!

PrincessSymbian Fri 26-Oct-12 21:47:41

There is no-way that guy thinks this is real, my money is on him being a paid actor.

TheCountessOlenska Fri 26-Oct-12 21:47:45

He needs to pack his OFRS!

griphook Fri 26-Oct-12 21:48:32

Maybe there will be a twist at the end. I saw parts of one where the audience controlled a mans life and twist was he got knocked down.

Maybe something g interesting will happen

DeeMonic Fri 26-Oct-12 21:49:21

<whispers> I like Derren Brown.

twofalls Fri 26-Oct-12 21:49:26

Dh contribution - "is it me or is ferret brown a bit of a cunt"

I think he had a point with this one. Surely that guy has to have signed up for something. It is going to cause such damage.

StripyShoes Fri 26-Oct-12 21:52:52

Their bands have changed colours in the ambulance and are now white...

PrincessSymbian Fri 26-Oct-12 21:54:01

DeeMinoc- join me in the we like Derren Brown corner, there's strength in numbers!

PrincessSymbian Fri 26-Oct-12 21:54:46

Well spotted stripy!

twofalls Fri 26-Oct-12 21:56:04

Derren. Obviously. Not ferret. But quite apt. grin

Rollergirl1 Fri 26-Oct-12 21:57:50

Do you think Derren has been watching too much Walking Dead, Falling Skies, etc?

Great tip, they have an ACTUAL storry-line.

LtEveDallas Fri 26-Oct-12 21:58:20

This is bollocks. They are all shite actors. Pile of poo.

Methinks Derren is having us on.

StripyShoes Fri 26-Oct-12 21:58:40

Also, paper poster now in plastic.

Wipe Out is more scary

PrincessSymbian Fri 26-Oct-12 21:59:33

I actually thought you'd typed that deliberately two! The end, no one mentioned two parts, that sucks!

MrsjREwing Fri 26-Oct-12 22:00:09

Now we have to watch next week.

hermioneweasley Fri 26-Oct-12 22:02:44

It's genius

Inadeeptrance Fri 26-Oct-12 22:23:13

That was awesome and that guy's fear was completely real. I love Derren Brown! Now for the Walking Dead, zombie heaven! grin

GreenEyesAndHam Fri 26-Oct-12 22:29:44

I like DB's early stuff, I think it was awesome but for me, he lost credibility with that piss poor 'I will predict the lottery live' thing.

LtEveDallas Fri 26-Oct-12 22:31:50

Didn't believe that at all. Plus, in the trailer for next week - he was being 'attacked' by zombies. Well what would they do if he battered someone around the head? Nah, not real, totally staged, I think this is a hoax (on us)

(and the posters on Digital Spy seem to agree with me!)

I love it, brilliant premise and fantastically filmed. Derren is a genius.

All the people that appear on his shows are thoroughly vetted by psychologists and have proper psychological after care to check there are no bad after effects.

His finest show to date.

Attention-seeking wanker.

LittleBairn Fri 26-Oct-12 22:41:56

I love Derren but if I ever bumped into him I'd run for miles until I was certain I was safely away.

I'm watching +1 he's just mentioned how he is going to put the guy into situation were he can be brave and compassionate. I think with the idea is that he will come out of it a more 'better' person that his true nature has been proven.

UltraBOF Fri 26-Oct-12 22:42:32

If I miss next week's, it won't be the end of the world.


(tried that one on the other thread- nada. I'll get me coat...)

MrsjREwing Fri 26-Oct-12 22:45:22

I do wonder too about the cleaner.

headfairy Fri 26-Oct-12 22:57:16

Watching on +1 and what has struck me is how few questions Steven has asked. I would have a billion questions, for Ian and Leona, more so f I'd been asleep for 14 days.

UltraBOF Fri 26-Oct-12 22:59:07

Don't look at this if you don't want me to ruin the premise of the whole show for you SPOILER

Sometimes, the obvious answer is the right one.

headfairy Fri 26-Oct-12 23:02:12

Bof, does that mean Steve is a fake person?

MrsjREwing Fri 26-Oct-12 23:04:08

Bit thick, do you mean filming for thing means Steve is an actor?

UltraBOF Fri 26-Oct-12 23:05:15

No, but he is on the fringes of a profession which would make him suitable for selection to take part, iyswim.

MrsjREwing Fri 26-Oct-12 23:06:41

E4 ±1 watching 28 weeks later, first time, any good?

He must be an actor, the ethics of these things have to be approved don't they?

Like someone else said would you not be asking a billion what the fuck questions?

the zombies made me laugh though.

UltraBOF Fri 26-Oct-12 23:06:44

That was to headfairy. I was trying not to spell it out in case people wanted to enjoy the show without knowing, MrsJR.

BOF, I don't think that proves anything tbh, my OH was a runner and extra for the Adam and Joe show and I have friends that work on other shows but they are by no means talented actors.

headfairy Fri 26-Oct-12 23:22:01

Thanks Bof, I love a good spoiler me grin I'm never patient enough to wait for the big reveal. I do think his reactions are odd. Ok at first you're a bit "rabbit-in-the-headlights" but then the adrenaline will kick in and you'd be flooded with questions. Why hasn't he asked Ian, the paramedic about the disease? Even if you'd heard it on the tv you'd be asking a real person, especially one with a medical background, to explain it all again. Just so you can process it.

Plus Steve isn't shaking. When that much adrenaline hits your system you get the most insane shakes. Yet when he held the note his family left him he was steady handed. He just doesn't look that freaked out by it.

headfairy Fri 26-Oct-12 23:23:03

Needtosleep, I don't think he is a talented actor [gin]

ISeeDeadFairies Fri 26-Oct-12 23:23:12

bof link wont work but I wanna know!!!! Can someone pm me?

headfairy Fri 26-Oct-12 23:23:37

That was a grin btw, I'm not having a nightcap grin

UltraBOF Fri 26-Oct-12 23:25:02

grin @gin reference headfairy!

Cocodale Sat 27-Oct-12 08:29:24

Seen him at the theatre and it was brilliant, spent the whole time asking myself how !!! Can't bring myself to watch this on TV though feels really disturbing.

EdsRedeemingQualities Sat 27-Oct-12 08:33:38

'Methinks Derren is having us on. '


I told you it would be shite. smile

LtEveDallas Sat 27-Oct-12 08:40:49


Interestingly Steve Brosnon's twitter feed is blocked, but his brothers (Barry) is open. Barry has had quite a good career...and they both went to a stage school.

28 Days Later was more believable!

LtEveDallas Sat 27-Oct-12 08:41:34

Argh, BrosnAn

SpanishFly Sat 27-Oct-12 14:31:34

I don't get why all of you who think he's "a cnut" all tuned in to watch. hmm

I enjoyed it.

SpanishFly Sat 27-Oct-12 14:33:14

And how do you all know how you'd react in that situation? smile

headfairy Sat 27-Oct-12 16:42:16

Spanishfly, whilst I haven't been a victim of an asteroid strike I've been in many hostile environments often after terrible events. How Steve reacted at first dud seem real, the stunned boggle eyed look especially so, but he didn't progress on from that and usually people do start asking questions. It's natural to want to make sense of a situation way out of your normal experience.

That said I did enjoy it, will tune in next week too.

EdsRedeemingQualities Sat 27-Oct-12 17:03:40

I didn't watch it. I was just hugely gratified to see people who were saying how rubbish it was.

LtEveDallas Sat 27-Oct-12 17:05:44

I tuned in to watch because I wanted it to be good. I was bitterly disappointed sad. At the very least they should have picked a better actor.

PrincessSymbian Sat 27-Oct-12 21:13:21

And used a better script writer.

MrsjREwing Sat 27-Oct-12 22:02:24

there was mention of Derren posting on youtube and Twitter along with Wizzard of Oz references on the other thread.

WhatTheFookIsGangnamStyle Sun 18-Nov-12 00:54:04

I watched it and thought it was good, however I'm not convinced. I think Derren Brown knows a lot of good actors.

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