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DERREN BROWN: THE EXPERIMENTS – THE ASSASSIN

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Posted by Derren Brown News October 5, 2011 at 2:30 pm

Derren Brown returns to our screens with “The Experiments”, a brand new four part series for Channel 4. Each stand-alone episode asks and answers a single question featuring the usual inventive and jaw dropping Derren Brown mixture of stunts, suggestion and thought-provoking entertainment combined with tried and tested psychological experiments to illustrate how easily our behaviour can be manipulated.

In “The Assassin”, the first show in the series, Derren Brown investigates hypnosis and asks if someone could be hypnotised into a killing a celebrity. Is this really possible? And who will be the celeb?

The Experiments – The Assassin, airs Friday 21st October at 9pm on Channel 4.

COMMENTS
October 5, 2011 at 2:31 pm
chris says:

Excited much?


October 5, 2011 at 2:33 pm
Berber Anna says:

This. Will. Be. Awesome. So awesome, it’s making me turn words into sentences.


October 5, 2011 at 2:35 pm
Ilise says:

I LOVE Derren and am very much looking forward to this new series!! :-)


October 5, 2011 at 2:35 pm
Murray says:

Can I put forward the suggestions of A: Justin Bieber or B: Jedward as the intended targets. That way, if things go at all wrong you will still be hailed as a hero!


October 5, 2011 at 2:36 pm
Annette M says:

If the first episode is about trying to manipulate someone to kill, what the hell is the final (and presumably the most ambitious) episode going to be about? :-O


October 5, 2011 at 2:36 pm
Mark says:

I don’t have a hit list of celebs but I I did, I guess I could have helped choose the target. *awaits comments from others listing the celebs they would target*


October 5, 2011 at 2:37 pm
Joe R says:

On my birthday!! what more could you ask for!!??


October 5, 2011 at 2:37 pm
Bee says:

Has this not been done before? Or have i merely read of the possibility?


October 5, 2011 at 2:38 pm
Toby says:

Let’s hopr it’s Robbie Williams. Or Jordan.


October 5, 2011 at 2:38 pm
patrick says:

can I vote for ALL of them? – that is celebrities who are that before they are a musician/writer/comedian whatever
please, the world could do with such a favour – to discourage any further insanity. (and bankrupt Hello)


October 5, 2011 at 2:39 pm
Patrick says:

Ohhh yes! A nice televised celebrity assassination. Just what I’ve been waiting for!


October 5, 2011 at 2:39 pm
Oli says:

Isn’t this the plot to Zoolander?


October 5, 2011 at 2:40 pm
lorna says:

OMG WOW! Super excited now! :P yay! and I agree with the suggestions by Murray. x


October 5, 2011 at 2:41 pm
Jen says:

amazing :-) so exiciting xx


October 5, 2011 at 2:41 pm
Beth says:

David Cameron’s a celebrity, right?


October 5, 2011 at 2:42 pm
Basim says:

The Title alone has me eager to watch this, I’d also like to see a book about this too.


October 5, 2011 at 2:43 pm
Shawn says:

I bet the celebrity will be Derren Brown himself.


October 5, 2011 at 2:44 pm
James says:

Literally cannot wait. jizz-in-my-pants excited!!!


October 5, 2011 at 2:48 pm
Claire G says:

*meep* (that’s the noise I make when I’m excited.)


October 5, 2011 at 2:48 pm
Berber Anna says:

Didn’t anyone get the impression that I did — that the celebrity in question is most likely to be Derren himself? I mean, it could be a friend of his, but for a random celebrity you’d have to get consent to air the material if the ‘sleeper agent’ (hehe) actually comes close enough for the celeb to be on film. Which would cut into the budget quite a bit, I’d imagine. Or, well, they could of course have hired an impersonator. That’s a distinct possibility as well.


October 5, 2011 at 2:49 pm
omg says:

Can’t think of a celeb. They’re all annoying at one point or another …. except DB!


October 5, 2011 at 2:52 pm
Myrtle says:

I agree with Patrick… culling of a few tv celebs won’t go amiss! Fabulous I look forward to being thrilled!


October 5, 2011 at 2:52 pm

Murray says:
05/10/2011 at 2:35 PM

Can I put forward the suggestions of A: Justin Bieber or B: Jedward as the intended targets. That way, if things go at all wrong you will still be hailed as a hero!

LMAO…love it:-))


October 5, 2011 at 2:55 pm
Tony says:

Mythbusters (U.S. Discovery Channel show) has already looked at subliminal implants via hypnosis in an episode a while back, they tried making one of the staff (Grant) do something whenever a certain word was mentioned. Same again with a different staff member who was asked to do something they wouldnt normally do whilst under hypnosis (and also not aware that they were going to be used in such a manner) I’ll not spoil the outcomes.


October 5, 2011 at 2:59 pm
Charlotte says:

will it be able on channel 4 oD?


October 5, 2011 at 3:01 pm
vicci d says:

i am guessing this is something to do with the email i had a few weeks ago to invite me to watch a certain famous person being filmed. email came from objective so seems likely……….


October 5, 2011 at 3:03 pm
Jojoe6969 says:

The celeb in question is Derren! What’s next THE PSYCHIC & THE STALKER. Very exciting!


October 5, 2011 at 3:08 pm
Berber Anna says:

Tony: I saw that episode, but they gave the suggestion in a very awkward way. Compare The Heist and you’ll see that subtlety is key here. ;)


October 5, 2011 at 3:09 pm
Leo says:

This show definitly features Micheal Jackson’s docter!


October 5, 2011 at 3:19 pm
tiram says:

CHANGE. OF. UNDERWEAR!


October 5, 2011 at 3:24 pm

Haha, this’ll be great TV! Can’t wait! :-)

LC x


October 5, 2011 at 3:26 pm

Please please please let it be Jedward or TIm Wonnacot!


October 5, 2011 at 3:27 pm
Hell Tel says:

ohmygodohmygodohmygod, can.. not… wait..!


October 5, 2011 at 4:00 pm
Elias says:

hey, I live in Norway and I don’t have channel 4 so I wonder if anyone know how to watch the show without watching it on c4. And btw you are awesome Derren.


October 5, 2011 at 4:03 pm
Judith says:

Wow, Derren still manages to shock/surprise me after 10 years – I will be watching through my hands. Well done Derren :-) X


October 5, 2011 at 4:04 pm
Holly says:

Murray – I must disagree with your second suggestion. Jedward, like marmite, are either hated or loved, and I happen to love both, though I would not put the former on toast.


October 5, 2011 at 4:05 pm

This will be interesting.


October 5, 2011 at 4:10 pm
Diane Brown says:

Ohhhhh this looks very interesting!
:)

Di xx


October 5, 2011 at 4:11 pm
roz says:

derren already tried it with himself & didnt succeed. maybe he figures somebody else will have better luck? :D


October 5, 2011 at 4:14 pm
m r m says:

Hello, Bee, yes it has been done before, once by the Amazing Kreskin, but I think the series is about revisiting and re-envisioning previous experiments. It will be given an entirely new and wonderful twist by the absolutely amazing Mr Brown.


October 5, 2011 at 4:18 pm

I had to get all of the “holy sh*ts” out of my system before writing a comment. Well, almost all of them.

Holy shit!!

This is going to be a crazy series. Reminds me of a pumped up version of The Events, which were a lot of fun to watch.


October 5, 2011 at 4:19 pm
Berber Anna says:

Elias: There are streaming video providers that have British channels, google for one of those maybe?


October 5, 2011 at 5:06 pm
Elise says:

……….WTF! How on earth will this be done?! I can’t wait to see! Now I’m even more excited….which I didn’t think was possible. My jaw hit the floor when I read this, lol! Like…..WHAT?


October 5, 2011 at 5:07 pm
David says:

You should have called it “The Manchurian Candidate” !
I can’t wait!


October 5, 2011 at 5:14 pm
Steve says:

Absolutely Jedward should be the target. I sincerely hope its successful :)


October 5, 2011 at 5:30 pm
Gary says:

It will be great entertainment, sit back and enjoy it!


October 5, 2011 at 6:20 pm
Ella says:

Mr. Brown, I am very excited for this. It’s only 388 hours away!
Yes, I’m counting in hours.
No I’m not crazy.
I’M EXCITED.
X


October 5, 2011 at 6:32 pm
Cathy says:

Good stuff derren can’t wait! :) xx


October 5, 2011 at 8:23 pm
muse_babe says:

SQUEEEEEEEEEEEE! Ahem…


October 5, 2011 at 8:36 pm
Codifier says:

I think (hope) Derren is too humble to base the plot on his own status as a celebrity to be the victim. Plus he’d have to be the one doing the hypnotising so that would play as a really convoluted scene.

Really pleased to hear he’s back to the edgy stuff!


October 5, 2011 at 8:47 pm
Sarah Lou says:

Wouldn’t miss this for the world! Derren is de BEST! =D ^_^


October 5, 2011 at 9:16 pm
Bobino misc. says:

Derren my good man!
Greetings from Seattle :-o)<
Live long and prosper in all good things.


October 5, 2011 at 9:49 pm
Jessika says:

I know my screaming an annoying celebrity’s name is not going to influence the choice in any way (besides, it’s already been made,) and the celeb in question if probably going to be Derren, but…

KATIE PRICE, KATIE PRICE, KATIE BLEEPING PRICE!!!!

(Joke ;) )


October 5, 2011 at 9:53 pm
Jessika says:

….OR, failing that, the entire cast of ‘The Only Way is Essex.’


October 5, 2011 at 10:49 pm

Am now even more excited than I was yesterday. May wet oneself in the minutes before the show, but that is 16 days away yet :)


October 5, 2011 at 11:47 pm
The Lucky Chicken says:

Will it be shown in the USA???


October 5, 2011 at 11:50 pm
scotty says:

not much of a challenge to kill jedward. i mean, you wouldn’t to hypnotise me or give me a weapon to do jedward. just a sack next to a swimming pool, a couple of bricks and a mars bar. chuck the mars bars and the bricks in to the sacks before you tie the sack up. they’d jump in to the water themselves. while they were sinking they’d be singing “isn’t this ice, ice baby?”.


October 6, 2011 at 5:38 am
Peter says:

The woods are lovely, dark an deep ….


October 6, 2011 at 8:38 pm
Ammy says:

OMG sounds good :)
think it should be Sean Batty off the weather…… or mabye the gocompaire man, ovious choice tho:/
joking, but sounds interesting


October 10, 2011 at 1:27 pm
Firetrap says:

It has to be Jedward, two for the price of one!


October 12, 2011 at 1:18 pm
Bubba says:

I can’t imagine why a concept as horrible as murder should be used as light entertainment. I really don’t think anyone would be excited if Derren were creating a show where he actually gets someone (even if it’s only just to agree) to rape a celebrity. Why is murder any different and how do you think families of people who have actually been murdered feel when they see things like this?

Derren is clearly an exceptional fellow. There’s no doubting that. I just find this concept distasteful.


October 12, 2011 at 3:22 pm
Berber Anna says:

Bubba: I don’t think it should just be considered light entertainment. The medium is entertainment, sure, but from what I’ve read, I think there will be a deeper layer. It sounds like an exploration of human nature. I’ve always disliked the way society dehumanises killers by branding them ‘monsters’ or ‘inhuman’. That’s a cop-out. People turn their backs, saying ‘THAT is a monster, I’M not like that’.
This program seems to explore the fact that every human does, in fact, carry that ‘monster’ inside and given the proper circumstances, it can be brought out. I expect this show, in some ways, to shed light on the phenomenon of suicide bombers and similar ideologically brainwashed murderers.
If it can make people aware of the fact that killers ARE human like them, I think that’s a good thing.


October 12, 2011 at 4:31 pm
Bubba says:

Berber, I understand your point that killers are human and I agree that it is not helpful to demonise people. I don’t think the points I submitted have been addressed:

Would you feel the same if Derren was influencing a person to make them want to or believe they want to or attempt to or believe they were attempting to rape someone instead of murder them?

How do you think people who have a close friend or family member who has been murdered will feel when someone is (for entertainment’s sake) playing with the deep dark layers of a person’s psychology or nature or whatever you like to call it to make it appear they could murder?

My best hope is that this is all handled with extreme care.


October 12, 2011 at 10:32 pm
Susan says:

If a murder is achieved, who is criminally liable? Is Derren the murderer or the murderer the murderer?
Is the murderer also a victim of Derren?
How far does this call into question our laws on criminal responsibilty?
Do we have our own free will?

I will watch with intrigue.

Susan
Forensic Psychologist


October 12, 2011 at 10:36 pm
Berber Anna says:

Yes, I’d feel the same about that, but I suspect the network wouldn’t. Rape is also not as poignant as murder, it makes less of a point (some sick people would probably even expect rape porn if they saw a show like that advertised). And I’m not sure, but I have a feeling it’s somehow safer to make someone attempt murder than it is to make him attempt rape. Murder is so rare and such a violation of social norms that it might be easier to ‘deprogram’ the subject. It’s often a more overt crime, too, so you’d be more able to verify that the subject has been deprogrammed (won’t react murderously to his target anymore).

(cont.)


October 12, 2011 at 10:38 pm
Berber Anna says:

As for friends and family of murder victims, I think that would depend entirely on their personality, and I can’t speak for someone else. Personally, while I’d be hurt by the reminder, I’d be interested in the mechanisms behind the act. If it was too raw a subject, though, I just wouldn’t watch the show.

I have no doubt it will be handled with a lot of care. Derren’s shows are a lot of things, but they don’t tend to be callous.


October 13, 2011 at 12:06 pm

I do hope you’ve got a good way of showing that the person didn’t actually want to kill the celebrity anyway.


October 13, 2011 at 6:02 pm
radam says:

noone can be made to do something against their beliefs.

but you can change what they believe in…

E:-)>


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October 15, 2011 at 4:04 pm
Francis says:

I agree with vicci d, I got the same email from Objective and thought it was a bit fishy…

Makes you wonder, if someone is arrested for murder but says they were hypnotised – do they have the ‘mens rea’ or ‘malice aforethought’ which would make them a criminal…? Can’t wait for this!


October 15, 2011 at 11:26 pm
Joyce says:

I think it is safe to say that Justin Beeber will not be the target. Frankly I hope the target is made up.


October 16, 2011 at 3:31 pm
Don says:

Bubba/ Berber Anna

You both make interesting points, but I think it is relevant that the title chosen is The Assassin’, not ‘The Murderer’. In a sense an assassin is someone who has been persuaded (or persuaded themselves) that the act of taking a life is morally justifiable because it somehow serves ‘the greater good’. A murderer may be motivated by anger, envy, resentment, personal advantage or profit, revenge etc. but, I suggest, in all cases it is deeply personal.

This show, as far as we can see so far, seems to be about asking if an ordinary, non-murderous person can be persuaded to kill someone against whom they have no personal antipathy.


October 18, 2011 at 10:15 am
Hollie says:

Omg will be awesome! i cant wait… would be funny if the celeb was derren himself ;D


October 20, 2011 at 1:00 pm
Thomas Leyland Torr says:

I know who the celebrity will be! It’s Bill Bailey!!! I Need someone to recognize this, because if it is Bill Bailey then I will at least have proof that I did in fact call it.


October 20, 2011 at 1:08 pm
Gaz Kebab says:

I can’t wait, Derren’s mind is super dooper!


October 20, 2011 at 1:27 pm
spiderabc1 says:

@Thomas Leyland Torr – Is that from the fact they did the Radio 4 show the other day? If it’s Bill, not only would that would be great, but I will buy you a pint!


October 21, 2011 at 11:57 pm
Nicola Platt says:

When will this program b repeated?


October 22, 2011 at 7:03 am
Oldstuff says:

“a levered action rifle such as every American child is issued with” lol this guy is so flucking funny,..


October 22, 2011 at 11:41 am
Daina says:

Derren is a genius, I was blown away last night.


October 23, 2011 at 11:49 am
Lucian says:

Why did the audience at the end just stand and watch as Mr. Fry got shot before their very eyes? Loved the show but I can’t just explain that last part… you’d think they would of reacted differntly to a “national treasure ” being shot….


October 26, 2011 at 9:12 pm
james says:

Great. i really want 2 hipnotise people because i want my nanna 2 stop smoking


May 31, 2012 at 3:43 pm
alleandro says:

A few of these were really good to watch. But for a random celebrity you’d have to get consent to air the material if the ‘sleeper agent’ actually comes close enough for the celeb to be on film. Which would cut into the budget quite a bit, I’d imagine. Or, well, they could of course have hired an impersonator. That’s a distinct possibility as well.


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