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Posted by Derren Brown News May 31, 2010 at 8:00 pm


That’s right, The last episode in the mini series of Derren Brown Investigates is showing tonight at 10pm on Channel 4.

Tonight Derren investigates the world of Lou Gentile, a top American ghost hunter who for the last 20 years has been helping the haunted and possessed of America.

After watching the show head over to our Derren Brown Investigates Page to leave you comments and tell us what you thought of the mini series.

May 31, 2010 at 8:09 pm
Cameron says:

Soo looking forward to tonights episode!

May 31, 2010 at 8:22 pm
spiderabc1 says:

I had a premonition that Derren was amazing ; )

May 31, 2010 at 9:28 pm
Aaron Rush says:

Can’t wait. I loved this series by Derren and think he should do more and the subject of skepticism, especially on Religion as I think he could really grab peoples attention on all that is wrong with it and how a circular belief can actually really end in disaster.


Seen him in Belfast in April, 3rd night. Derren, it was brilliant!

May 31, 2010 at 9:54 pm
Paul G says:

Really enjoyed seeing derren debunk those charletons in a measured and intelligent way. Clearly an excellent use of derrens talents and I hope we see another series very soon.

May 31, 2010 at 10:22 pm
Nath says:

erm…really allergic to cats, or trying to make a point that they wernt put away!? smooth derren

May 31, 2010 at 10:28 pm
Ed morton says:

Amazing my dog is barking and growling at the tv, I have had to turn it on mute, now off!! And he’s still growling at the tv!!! Really freaking me out!! Jesus I feel like some thong has cone out of the tv into the room!! He has never acted like this ever!!

May 31, 2010 at 10:33 pm
Liz says:

Derren’s amazing anyway! Sorry to be a cynic but wouldn’t say that’s necessarily a premonition

May 31, 2010 at 10:35 pm
Nath says:

@Ed morton…theres a cat behind the TV

May 31, 2010 at 10:40 pm
Helen says:

Oh my god, did you see the ghost stamp left on Judy’s arm too?

May 31, 2010 at 10:41 pm
marc says:

Self suggestion is the basis of most neurosis I am really thankful that we control the Atlantic Ocean who locks up the asylum at night

May 31, 2010 at 10:46 pm

I think Derren is incredible, but I honestly do get really freaked out by the stuff he shows. But one thing is must say is whatever bad situation I could ever find myself in, I\’d feel a hell of a lot safer with Derren than with Lou Gentile telling me its a possible haunting. I like Derren\’s calm outlook and the fact that he doesn\’t take shit. But I still feel really edgy after watching his shows and listen for all the bumps in the night! I wish I wasn\’t so easily frightened over nothing. I think the REALLY scary thing is how seriously these people take themselves over the supernatural.

May 31, 2010 at 10:57 pm
marc says:

They have now outlawed common sense and reality and substituted a bad advert for hearing aids and state sponsored stupidity how does this guy earn a living.

May 31, 2010 at 10:59 pm
Pm says:

Hi Derren just wanted to say how good your show DB investigates was on ch4, I understand you are an atheist is this true? I was also wondering why it is most people who claim to have knowledge and/or evidence of ghost and the paranomal are Christian? Why do we not hear the same from Muslims, buddists, or sikhs?

May 31, 2010 at 11:02 pm

The sleep paralysis thing does sound MEGA scary, ghosts or no ghosts!

May 31, 2010 at 11:05 pm
Aaron Rush says:

That was brilliant. Lou was the only man so far that wasn’t a wanker to Derren and fair enough he believed it and was genuine about what he did unlike Joe Power who was an outright fraud.


May 31, 2010 at 11:06 pm
Alan says:

Another good program Derren. He may have been misguided, I mean he clearly didn’t have any solid evidence, but at least Lou wasn’t working for profit like the others in your series, shame to hear that he had died.

May 31, 2010 at 11:10 pm
Ant says:

Good episode and he seemed a genuine nice guy who really believed what he was doing – even though most others wont, including me. Intrigued by his death, what illness did he have to die so suddenly?

May 31, 2010 at 11:10 pm
Marco says:

Yeah..Derren Brown VS Paranormal : 3-0 !!

eheh Great show Mr.Brown..

May 31, 2010 at 11:13 pm
Aoife says:

Lou did come across as someone with genuine beliefs, and who had good intentions in his helping other people, like Judy, the fact that he didn’t charge, and he was the least defensive of the 3 shows this.
It’s sad that he died so young though πŸ™

That being said…it really is a load of bollocks πŸ˜‰

I loved Derren’s body language throughout (and his snazzy shirts). He clearly wasn’t convinced.
Brilliant show, as always.

I wish I could say “looking forward to next week”, but alas. A criminally short series πŸ™

May 31, 2010 at 11:14 pm
Aoife says:

@Ant Cancer, I think.

May 31, 2010 at 11:17 pm
Naz says:

What a series! Shame it had to be mini! You should be proud of it Derren!

Joe was a joke… no offence to the man! I admired his “pluck” but he was taking the piss. The 2nd of the series made me sad. It was outrageous! Load of crap. But who knows? It could be real.

Lou was a gent! I’m glad he was confident enough in his beliefs not to lash out at Derren for having an opinion.

Brilliant series Derren! Take care all! X

May 31, 2010 at 11:19 pm
Naz says:

And may Lou rest in Peace.

Such a shame. X He was a man with good intentions.

A Derren Brownless Monday night from now on. πŸ˜›

May 31, 2010 at 11:20 pm
Zorg says:

I was kind of disappointed, not in the episode itself but in the ghost hunter. He clearly isn’t a bad guy doing it for selfish reasons (like the other 2 episodes subjects) but seemed very misguided. Just seeing what he wants to see and hearing what he wants to hear in the inevitable randomness of life.

I really wanted to see something more solid, if not definitive at least creepy. Especially with the photos, instead he just reminded me of the christians who see Jesus on a slice of toast.

May 31, 2010 at 11:21 pm
Jim Cameron says:

Enjoyed the show about Lou, ended up feeling kinda sorry for the guy who seemed to need the affirmation of his outlook soo much. The amount of self deception and fallacious reasoning that he never once questioned was clear to see, and his positive bias with auditory & visual stimuli was just so blatent it reminded me of the Judas Priest trial. Nevertheless I liked the guy & was sorry to hear he’d died.

May 31, 2010 at 11:21 pm
Suzanne says:

Brillant show 2nite my fav out the 3! Very creepy, yet all the programmes have changed my views on everything! Did Lou really die or was this one of mind derrens tricks lol?

Please do more shows derren !!! <3


May 31, 2010 at 11:23 pm
seb mason says:

Good episode with an obvious outcome, apart from the poor guy drying, I was really shocked, I think he was convinced that ghosts are real and just got obsessed with trying to find evidence. Darren, I think you should do something like the James randy foundation: I’m sure you’re familiar with James randy. And make a tv series were people have to prove something beyond scientific understanding. Setup scientific tests to disprove people, similar to what you were trying to do in this series, but people come to you to prove themselves.what do you think?

May 31, 2010 at 11:48 pm
james says:

its a pity the ghost man died shortly after this filming…..when confronted by the electronics expert he was almost spitting blood when his findings were being debunked…when some one has deeply held beliefs that are questioned they will put aside all rational evidence and become blinked to what they are hearing and seeing in front of them……this man has been involved in this field for near on 30 years….derren really could have gone to town on this guy but instead treated him with respect and chose not to ridicule him to much in public …derren realized that a full on head on confrontation could blast his beliefs out of the water and leave him possibly physiologically damaged… well done derren on another great show

May 31, 2010 at 11:51 pm
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June 1, 2010 at 12:14 am
tiggar says:

o m g how fake was that guy tonight it reminded me of the investigation with that physic what a phoney he was

June 1, 2010 at 12:14 am
David says:

Another great show. Clearly, the guy suffers from an extreme form of confirmation bias; looking for evidence that supports his own view of reality, and discounting or talking down anything that would contradict it, even scientific evidence. It’s something that all 3 of the people Derren investigated, have in spades. The book, Mistakes Were Made (but not by me) provides a great insight into this fallible trait which all humans possess; though in various degrees of course.

June 1, 2010 at 12:22 am
Gary says:

Just watched the show on CH4+ and thought it was great, the only thing which annoys me still is like most shows like this it is that both sides don’t proof anything if ghosts are fake or real. I mean I don’t believe nor dis-believe I’m what Derren talks about, the middle guy, the scientist who wants to find the anwser.

All we get is two sides stating which they believe to be the most logical outcome of the evidence shown, one guy says it’s dust on a lense, one guy says it’s paranormal activity… Though not one person does any scientific work to disproove any of the chosen evidence.

I enjoyed Derrens approach though, showed a lot of class and respect to Lou, who we all wish his family all the best after their sad loss.

Great show Derren.

June 1, 2010 at 12:33 am
Angie says:

Great show tonight. Shame to here of lou’s passing. I have heard some really good EVP’s from the American show Ghost hunters on living so I’m in two minds really. Would love to hear my loved ones trying to comunicate.

June 1, 2010 at 12:46 am
Farhan says:

I think what’s came out of all three shows is a very tricky and delicate question – does it MATTER whether these supernatural ‘things’ (spirits, ghosts etc.) exist? For some, belief in them brings hope, comfort, even meaning to their lives. Who are we to tell them that they’re wrong?
That’s what I liked about the series the most, despite Derren sharing mine, and I’m sure many others’ sceptical views, he presented both sides of the argument in an objective, clear way. Great series Derren.

June 1, 2010 at 1:01 am

A lovely and well-meaning guy, but he’s so steeped into his beliefs that he would be a shell of a person without them. Sad news about his passing, and I hope his family is dealing with it okay.

The search for proof of the paranormal continues, (although I reckon it’s all hoopla)! πŸ™‚ x

June 1, 2010 at 1:38 am
Nick says:

I’m glad to see most people on here thought lou was a nice guy like i did. There is no doubt he was genuine, and even though i didn’t agree with anything he said i respect the fact that he did what he did for the good of others, a very respectable existence.

Derren Brown is the Louis Theroix of the paranormal, great tv!

June 1, 2010 at 2:11 am
Dylan says:

I’ve had a couple of sleep paralysis episodes. 2 of them had hallucinations. Terrifying.
Also when I was younger, when going to sleep I would occasionally hear things that weren’t real. Clear voices, that were just in my head, but sounded like they came from outside.

Nice to see DB do this with someone who is sincere, not gaining money off it and appears to be a nice guy.

June 1, 2010 at 2:55 am
Tom says:

One moment I really enjoyed was when you went to the graveyard to try and record ghosts, and you asked for the ghosts to confirm their presence through silence (but got static nonetheless, ofc)

Brilliant and elegant use of scientific method!

June 1, 2010 at 3:48 am
Antonia says:

Good show and very entaining, however the explanation of paralytic sleep does not explain how or why the woman Lou was trying to help, I think her name was ‘Judy,’ would get out of bed feeling possessed to muder her boyfriend, in fact hearing a voice telling her to do so, then immediately snap out of it when he shouted.
It is still a mystery to me.
Can somebody please elaborate for me or offer other thoeries?
Thank you

June 1, 2010 at 9:11 am
Sal says:

Damn, that guy was really taking it hard — but DB was spot on about it being all about validation. All of the footage was of him really trying to show that his stuff was legitimate…agreed about the sadness of his death, glad to see DB let the guy down easily though. On the matter of sleep paralysis, that shit is pretty freaky. I experienced it a handful of times when I was younger, early teenage years. The woman said she was screaming and no one heard her, but that’s because you only feel like you are screaming if you’re still in the paralyzed state. The extreme sense of terror accompanied with it is because your half in reality and half in dream land, so your senses are really tripping out when it happens. Thanks for the awesome show man, fuck three parts, make it a series!

June 1, 2010 at 9:56 am
Tom says:

@ Pm “Hi Derren just wanted to say how good your show DB investigates was on ch4, I understand you are an atheist is this true? I was also wondering why it is most people who claim to have knowledge and/or evidence of ghost and the paranomal are Christian? Why do we not hear the same from Muslims, buddists, or sikhs?”

Pm, I’m no Derren Brown, but I think I can answer your question about why only Christians?.. it’s really a demographic case, not a religious one. The reason we hear so much about Christian ghost hunters is rather a matter of hearing so much about American ghost hunters (etc), of which the majority are Christian. When you hear murmurs about ghosts and demons and bad spirits, think about their locality before their religion.

June 1, 2010 at 10:02 am
Tom says:

It’s actually of little surprise to me that Americans, with their education system and the general religiosity of the country (which particular religion it happens to be is unimportant) believe so easily in the paranormal. American culture and lifestyle creates a mind more predisposed to these wack belief systems. I wouldn’t be surprised at all if I were to discover that America also had a high incidence of psychics, mediums, crystal healers, alternative healers, ufo ‘abductees’ etc, whether those are still Christian or follow one of these New Age belief systems instead.

June 1, 2010 at 10:25 am
Cmcg says:

Aw, bless you derren. Feeling your pain with the cat allergy! Where’s the piriton when you need it? x

June 1, 2010 at 11:21 am
Alyx says:

How disappointing, the first thing Lou says is “I know that Derren is an atheist and thats fine”.. America. Yeah. Where atheists are treated like second class citizens. They need to get their act together, now black people have rights, lets work on gay people and atheists..

June 1, 2010 at 11:43 am
Stella says:

I was in London for a few days for the first time and all I could think about was how I could possibly bump into my love Derren but he twittered he left the country now I see that he has a new show the day after I left. Its like the gods are working against me =*( I heart him so much

June 1, 2010 at 11:51 am
sam says:

Great end to a great series. RIP Lou, not haunting people in their basements.

June 1, 2010 at 12:29 pm
Stephen says:

I watched this host hunting eopisode last night, all is as expected apart from Mr. Gentile apparently didnt profit from his work? He made no charge to the people he was “helping”.

I find this unusual, I assume there is more to the story.

June 1, 2010 at 12:45 pm
spiderabc1 says:

@Liz – please don’t take me seriously ; )

June 1, 2010 at 2:16 pm
Andy says:

Enjoyed the series very much – but sorry to read that Lou has died. He did seem to believe in his so called evidence but I have seen far more convincing pictures on the internet – and as a sceptic, am very rarely persuaded towards a paranormal explanation. Shame the series was only three episodes – please do some more. The charlatans that take money from the public pretending to have psychic powers need to be exposed for what they are. I’m sure people have said this before but I see you as the UK’s James Randy – please continue the good work.

p.s Saw you live at Torquay a couple of years ago – brilliant show – many thanks for what you do.

June 1, 2010 at 2:50 pm
Aaron says:

The main reason why Derren didn’t mock this guy was, becouse he was creating peace for people who thought that they had supernatural being or beings in their home. The second reason I think was that he was genuinely believing in what he was doing and not taking advantage of emotional people by charging money for his services.The obsession about ghost was most likely born, as Derren outlined, when he was young and no one believed in him seeing a supernatural being, so by desire to prove his truth, which by the way is very understandable behaviour in such an age, he became very much into it.

June 1, 2010 at 3:02 pm

That was a really excellent show. It was interesting to see Derren’s human side in the car at the end, feeling jaded by the whole thing; I feel he was expecting more and was frustrated that it didn’t show him anything new. I’ve come across Lou Gentile before in Will Store vs the Supernatural (book), so I was actually expecting a little more convincing evidence from this guy.

I am still waiting for the day that someone challenges the likes of Colin Fry and other TV spiritualists; even if not face-to-face, but demonstrating that the same can be done with no claim to the supernatural (can it?). I know that some believe these guys help grieving relatives, but there must be other ways to let go without so much money changing hands; like the Vatican; too much money to make the secret public!

June 1, 2010 at 3:51 pm
spiderabc1 says:

I actually thought Derren had a pet cat, must be the dead kind. Great tv and am excited to see more. Many funny moments and what a fab crew. Hope to see more open to science than fiction in the next few years. Off to see what animals I can find in the clouds.

June 1, 2010 at 4:10 pm
Conor says:

How about an entire show on Derek Acorah?

June 1, 2010 at 4:22 pm

I’m glad this show has been produced. I am aware it has been done in Mr. Brown’s spare time; exc. that I noticed when watching (made me go: “och menno” [German]).

There used to go more effort into, uhm, e.g., the explanatory aspects. I understand that drive to leave some things open, to not point out everything… but there were things missing… For example: I loved the arrow/diagram thingy in the chess game – back then. And the graphics in THE SYSTEM. Delicious! So helpful, aesthetically rewarding. (Sorry for the blabla; struggling for the right words).

An illustrating excursion into how we like to see/recognize patterns, images, things … where they are not. That would have been lovely. I don’t think the And-I-can-see-a-slug-in-the-fog-Drawings were sufficient enough.

Still: Thanx!

June 1, 2010 at 6:45 pm
kat says:

sorry but couldn’t help but laugh with derren sneezing all over the place!! Bloody Cats!!! Yet another amazing show derren! Sad to hear of Lou’s passing, he seemed like a nice guy! Liked the fact that he didin’t charge anyone for his services. Hope there are more documentaries to come! GREAT JOB DERREN! XXX

June 1, 2010 at 10:05 pm
Shantel says:

Really great series! I thought Derren was as objective as he could be in the situations he faced, especially in the first episode, that ‘medium’ needed to be put down a peg or two. I thought he handled the situation very well! Hope to see more of his work soon!

Big thanks to Derren and the team for doing such a much needed series!


June 2, 2010 at 9:31 am
Gus says:

I’ve enjoyed this series immensely. In a way, I agree with the comments calling for DB to become the next James Randi, but I also think that now we’re a decade into the 21st century, we all need to accept our individual responsibilities as inquiring sceptics. Plus, much as I admire Derren and his work, I really don’t think he could could pull off the bushy white beard look.

June 2, 2010 at 11:58 am
Rory says:

Derren did the whole ‘cat allergy’ thing to bring attention to the fact that there were lots of cats and that’s what he reckoned had moved the camera, etcetera. Just like when he first went into Joe Power’s house he asked to use the toilet – not exactly inconspicuous, nor the type of thing one would normally leave unedited – to put across the idea that Joe sneaked into people’s bedrooms while he was pretending to use the toilet.

June 2, 2010 at 2:14 pm
Chris says:

Interesting to see Derren do something different.
But why oh why do the people being interviewed on these programs always come across
as right twats.
Its like they’re purposely used to make true mediums, ghost hunters etc etc look like fools
and liars.

June 2, 2010 at 2:27 pm

I maybe wrong but I think Derren really does have an allergy to cats. He tweeted not so long ago about wanting to get a ‘non-allergic’ cat, one without hair, or something. But as I say, I could be wrong……

LC x

June 2, 2010 at 3:04 pm
Berber Anna says:

Lady Claire, I remember that too, but I thought he said ‘somebody at his house’ (or a similar phrasing) was allergic to cats, and that’s why he needed a hypoallergenic one. Which could still refer to himself, of course, but it’s a rather round-about way to refer to oneself…

June 2, 2010 at 8:36 pm
Keef says:

Lou was the first one I felt sorry for. The others were blatant frauds but Lou really believed what he did. But, he also became angry and defensive when his beliefs were being confronted, showing how the mind chooses to protect itself rather than seeing the truth. Honestly, how horrible must it be to have to come to terms with the fact that you have spent your life vehemently fooling yourself into believing something that isn’t true.

Again this series brings up the idea of whether a lie is better than the truth. Perhaps the man having a pseudo-fit / exorcism found the psychology benefit he was after. Perhaps people who have their house exorcised sleep better at night afterwards. Is this a bad thing?

June 2, 2010 at 9:15 pm
LennyG2006 says:

Did anyone else notice that Derren touched the woman as they went into the house that he re-enforced the words “finding peace”, or something similar to that.

I think he did it twice in the program.

June 3, 2010 at 9:30 am
Berber Anna says:

Lenny: Did you also notice how Lou was suggesting that Judy might get possessed if she heard the EVP? I was half expecting her to actually go into a fit like that guy, now that she’d been primed to do that… I don’t think it was intentional, Lou just wanted to warn her, but it wasn’t a very smart thing to do.

June 3, 2010 at 11:46 am
Emily says:

Lou seemed like a really nice guy, just deluded in his belifes and actually belived he was working with ghosts, and at least he wasnt charging people like Joe who just seemed to be taking advantage of those who had lost someone. A great series Derren, keep up the good work! x

June 4, 2010 at 8:49 pm
Steven says:

It was a great series – thanks Derren.

Joe Power is a t*^t – no question! Lou was a nice guy and I have nothing but the deepest respect for him. In a world where people are motivated by money – I think Lou was a gem (albeit a slightly mis-guided one). All he wanted to do was help people and I”m sure he helped many. God bless you Lou and your family. It’s a tragic loss for humanity.

P.S. Can an atheist say ‘God bless’?! Never mind – I just did, and I mean it sincerely.

June 5, 2010 at 12:44 am
Lee says:

Enjoyed this episode, it really gave me the creeps up to a point. I had genuine sympathy for Lou, as unlike the other two bastards featured in this series, he wasn’t out to con anyone, or attempt to cash in on another persons misery. This Guy actually worked for free. Such a shame he was so misguided, but this is what happens when you devote your life to subjects that are scientifically unproven and probably unreal. A lot of credit must go to Derren for the modest way in which he presented his evidence, as it was quite clear that he could have picked Lou off at will in the end, yet he chose not to, the sign of a true proffessional and expert. Very sad to hear of Lou’s passing, many condolences to his wife and Children.

June 5, 2010 at 9:30 am
Mari says:

I noticed that the sound expert had a cat too (you could see it slinking under the table during their talk), but Derren didn’t sneeze πŸ™‚ Great series. RIP Lou, he seemed like a decent guy unlike the others.

June 5, 2010 at 11:26 am
JibJib says:

I think out of all the paranormal evidence people have EVP is the most interesting. Have you heard of that guy who invented the Spiricom machine or something like that? He actually talked with what he thought was dead people live and in real time! It was hilarious. But there are EVP that I have heard, which if they are truly, made without tampering, then it would be pretty strange. I myself dont believe in ghosts or such things. But only EVP has ever made me consider it……

June 5, 2010 at 5:52 pm
Mike says:

“Its like theyÒ€ℒre purposely used to make true mediums, ghost hunters etc etc look like fools
and liars.”

That’s probably because they are!!
Sorry but I am not convinced that anyone has psychic abilities. Mental illness probably.

We need more programs like this.

June 6, 2010 at 8:35 pm
aaa says:

Sleep paralisys, ha. Happened to me several times. It lasts for only few seconds. Could be scary if you don’t know what it is though. But – without sleep paralisys people would be all sleepwalkers. πŸ™‚

June 11, 2010 at 7:19 am
andy says:

Was so hopeing you do this sort of show one day. Many thanks

November 16, 2011 at 6:44 pm
Nathan says:

Have recently been working my way through all of Derrens shows on Channel 4OD. Having a particular interest within the paranormal made for the investigation series being even better for me. Sadly, like Derren, I find no solid proof of anything in the audio or visual material that Lou provided. There is far too many other external alternative explanations. I conclude that it’s as real as we let it be. “Reality is just a matter of perception” is the statement that comes to mind; this is particularly clear to see where Derren points out a parrot, slug, staircase and 2nd face in the image where Lou said it’s clear proof of a spirit.

Keep up the good work, Derren!

January 27, 2012 at 12:51 am

Lou Gentile was my father, he had cancer for about a year before he filmed with Derren and his crew.. We Shot this on October 13, 2008 and he died that June 28, 2009.. I want you all to know that my father was very logical and told the people if it was something paranormal or not.. He was an amazing man, respectful, and helpful to everyone.. He was down to earth.. One thing everyone should know is that he was nothing like the fools on TV today where if they hear something its automatically a ghost, that’s BS!

Stacie Gentile

(Derren and his crew were very respectful and great people no matter what they believed in)

June 5, 2012 at 1:48 am
John says: