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Posted by Derren Brown October 4, 2011 at 1:08 pm


My dear bloggees.

I have, these past few months, been secretly ferreting away on a new series of four weekly specials (and they are specials) for Chanel no. 4. I have been up to all manner of no good, hiding out here and there and making people do all sorts of dreadful things. Trailers and whatnot will be emerging very soon, but I wanted you to hear it here first.

The shows are called Derren Brown: The Experiments. The ‘Derren Brown’ bit, you’ll be immediately relieved, refers to me; the ‘The Experiments’ part is what they are. Each special is an ambitious sociological experiment, in which the unwitting subject is a single person, a crowd, or even an entire town.

Unlike previous shows, these are driven by open-ended questions. They are experiments into whether certain things are possible, or what would happen if certain situations arose, or how people might behave under certain conditions. Three of the four very much look at the darkest edges of human behaviour, and given that, I’m sure there’ll be all manner of complaints. I, meanwhile, am rather fond of them.

We’ll be posting all information here on this site first. Details of the first show should be here tomorrow.

The Experiments start on Friday, October 21st at 9pm, C4.

I do hope you enjoy them.

October 4, 2011 at 1:10 pm
Claire says:

Cannot wait to see it!! xx

October 4, 2011 at 1:10 pm
Ben R says:

Excellent, I’ve been waiting for a new series for what feels like forever!

October 4, 2011 at 1:11 pm
Rachel Ryves says:

I got tickets to these recordings and couldn’t get in as they couldn’t fit us in due to full capacity. Grr.

October 4, 2011 at 1:11 pm
Al Davies says:

I’m not sure if you’ve spelt channel wrong accidentally, or if it’s a subtle trick to get inside my mind and attack a goldfish. Damn you, Derren!

October 4, 2011 at 1:11 pm
Al Davies says:

Oh, wait. It’s a perfume gag. Damn, you’re sly.

October 4, 2011 at 1:11 pm
Alex Turney says:

I can not wait!! Love, love, love!!

October 4, 2011 at 1:12 pm
Al says:

As long as it wasn’t you that caused a 15 mile tailback on the M25 a few weeks ago then I’m sure I’ll love it.

October 4, 2011 at 1:13 pm

As always I look forward to these very very much.

October 4, 2011 at 1:14 pm
Charlotte says:

Ah…intriguing (she says stroking the beard she doesn’t have becasue she is female)

October 4, 2011 at 1:14 pm
lorna says:

Yay! Sounds very interesting. 😛 Can’t wait to watch 😀 x

October 4, 2011 at 1:15 pm

These sound really exciting…..there’s nothing more fascinating than human behaviour.

Was wondering if you’d be doing another Q&A thingy on here again? Especially if you believe that some of these shows may cause controversy. Am sure peeps will have lots of questions to ask

Regardless, am sure these’ll be incredibly watchable & well worth seeing. Really looking forward to them!

LC x

October 4, 2011 at 1:15 pm
Alice says:

Sounds brilliant! I’m counting down the days until it starts!

October 4, 2011 at 1:15 pm
Rachael says:

Sounds great! Can’t wait to watch it xx

October 4, 2011 at 1:15 pm
Jono says:

Thanks Derren

Sounds wonderfully twisted as always. Looking forward to them.

October 4, 2011 at 1:16 pm
Jez Carroll says:

Glad to see you back on telly Derren
Cant wait 🙂

October 4, 2011 at 1:16 pm

Chanel no. 4. It’s a joke, and yay can’t wait for the new series!

October 4, 2011 at 1:17 pm
Wixo says:

And then it’ll take like 2,5 years for it to air in Finland..cheers

October 4, 2011 at 1:17 pm
Mark says:

Ooooh Derren, this is what we live for! An entire fecking town?? Lol. Best of luck 🙂

October 4, 2011 at 1:17 pm
Tourettosaurus Rex says:

Really looking forward to the new shows Derren, finally some real telly for a change and not the FiX Factor

October 4, 2011 at 1:17 pm
Kat says:

Bamf. I can’t wait.

October 4, 2011 at 1:17 pm
James says:

This sounds promising!

October 4, 2011 at 1:18 pm
DJ Dave says:

Big Fan Darren. So when will us Australians get to see the “Experiments”??
I would love to see one of these at a wedding, I can just image the mischief you would get up to LOL 🙂

Looking forward to the series 🙂

October 4, 2011 at 1:18 pm
Ben says:

Yay! That is all 😀 x

October 4, 2011 at 1:19 pm
Jooj duQuemn says:

Looking forward to them. The photo seems to be an interesting way to obtain a hair transplant!!!?? Jooj x

October 4, 2011 at 1:19 pm
Berber Anna says:

This sounds awesome. And scary. And this is the first time I’ve said the latter (it’s the ‘open-ended’ bit that does it).

October 4, 2011 at 1:22 pm
Olivia O says:

Yay! Thank you Derren!

October 4, 2011 at 1:24 pm
Daniel homans says:

Cannot wait! I saw u in Milton Keynes and Dublin and u were amazin! I’ve always wanted u to mess with my mind!!

October 4, 2011 at 1:25 pm
phantom says:

I’m sure it’s going to be awesome!!!!!!! I can’t wait to start!!!!

October 4, 2011 at 1:25 pm
Jonathan says:

You’re one of the best and most provocative entertainers around, my friend. Can’t wait to see it.

I’d love an interview, too…

October 4, 2011 at 1:26 pm
alan feerick says:

Derren. good afternoon.
i was wondering how i could get on to one of you shows. i have always been a fan and am amazed at wot and how u do things. I’m up for a laugh and my family n friends never have a party without me being there. they just know I’m too much fun and laughter not to have around. with this in mind i think i would be great for any of your up n cumin shows.
love to be taken under a spell!! (not a great speller) i have been on a stage before for my kids on holiday and was asked to fake a shock every time i was touch or he said a word. that was great to see my kids win their prizes but i would rely like to do the real thing, whats my chances?

so Derren until we meet! take care live life and never say sorry for something you said! u meant it at the time just explain. .

Msg from Abeo: Sometimes volunteers are asked to apply for the TV shows via a blog post on here. If you mean the stage shows, volunteers are usually picked with Frisbees thrown into the audience.

October 4, 2011 at 1:29 pm
Edd Dunn says:

Why is it that every time you say something like this I suddenly become very nervous that you have messed with my head and I wont know about it until I watch your show… you are scary, scary man Mr Brown and thats why we love you! 🙂

October 4, 2011 at 1:33 pm
sean says:

Did i participate?

October 4, 2011 at 1:37 pm
Alan says:

just want to wish you all the best but I bet you knew I would anyway ?

October 4, 2011 at 1:37 pm
Elise says:

AAAAAAAAAAARGH!!!!! Yay!! I can’t wait, I wondered when there would be some news on this new series. So excited. I’ve missed you! xxxxxxxx I bet it’s going to be awesome. I have to go tell everyone excitedly now, lol.

October 4, 2011 at 1:38 pm
David says:

Looking forward to it, you truly are amazing. As a person who is intrigued by the human mind I look up to you greatly. Can’t wait to see them 🙂

October 4, 2011 at 1:39 pm
SB says:

SO EXCITED!!!! Waited for a new series from you for SO LONG. Can’t count how many times I’ve watched all your previous!

October 4, 2011 at 1:42 pm
Joane says:

This sounds amazing! Can not wait!

October 4, 2011 at 1:50 pm
Mathijs van Nimwegen says:

It’s going to be epic, as usual! 😀

October 4, 2011 at 1:51 pm
Duane says:

How could we not…

October 4, 2011 at 1:57 pm
Gem says:

I’m so excited…17 days is too long to wait! x

October 4, 2011 at 1:58 pm
Tony H Approx says:

How do we know you aren’t just telling us this as part if an even more evil experiment to mess with our minds, you diabolical sorcerer…?!

October 4, 2011 at 2:02 pm

Great Derren!!!
You are one of a kind man!
CONGRATS for all your works.
Here in Brazil I can’t wait to see what is next…
Hope to watch you live someday.

October 4, 2011 at 2:10 pm
roz says:

sounds fascinating. but ya know what i would like to see? paul mckenna trying this kinda experiment on derren…sauce fer the gander. 😉

October 4, 2011 at 2:16 pm
Joules says:

I absolutely can’t wait! I saw one of your shows in woking last year, and have been waiting for you to be back on our screens ever since.

October 4, 2011 at 2:26 pm
Kj says:

Hiya can’t wait till c ur new show on friday nite, just wondering wen ur nxt heading in my direction I live near Norwich n wud live to come n c one of ur shows. ( By the way u really freak my best mate Andy out n I think that’s funny lol, think it’s cox he can’t figure ur tricks out ) ur r a true entertainer and artist keep up the good work.

Best wishes kj x x x

October 4, 2011 at 2:27 pm
Kj says:

Sorry for my spelling mistakes x x x

October 4, 2011 at 2:35 pm
Craig gunn says:

It should be good if the same thing happens when I seen you try to hypnotise 250 people in a room even with a junior cake bake going on next door. It was my third time of trying to be hypnotised by you with the same result.

October 4, 2011 at 2:36 pm
ronny says:

cannot wait for this! was wondering what you have been up to latelY!

October 4, 2011 at 2:37 pm
paul says:

So the London riots were down to you then?. P.S remember one of your old ep’s made people go and do something life changing, well I did, I’m living in South Korea.

October 4, 2011 at 2:41 pm
Keeley says:

Entire towns? You weren’t behind the riots now were you? 😛

October 4, 2011 at 2:57 pm
Dons says:

At last some decent telly to look forward too!

October 4, 2011 at 3:18 pm
Theanderblast says:

When will this be available in the US (DVD, iTunes, Netflix, whatever) ?

October 4, 2011 at 3:22 pm
Annette M says:

How exciting!! 😀

October 4, 2011 at 3:24 pm
Angela S says:

At the darkest edges of human behaviour……I like the sound of this! 🙂 Also like that it’s so soon…not too long to wait.

October 4, 2011 at 3:35 pm
Daniel says:

I hope you didnt cause the riots in london town! cant wait for this though, and iv got a brand new tele to watch it on heh heh heh

October 4, 2011 at 3:45 pm
Judith says:

I am looking to these very much 😀 X

October 4, 2011 at 3:45 pm
Judith says:

Woops *forward got too excited there!

October 4, 2011 at 4:16 pm
Chirag says:

Brilliant! I cannot wait to see Derren back on the screen. Really looking forward to these specials, hope they get a lot of hype and talk about them afterwards.

October 4, 2011 at 4:18 pm

Keep it up Derren.

October 4, 2011 at 5:19 pm
Joanne says:

I actually can’t wait to see this – I’m so giddy just thinking about it! eeeee

October 4, 2011 at 5:27 pm
Nik says:

Wow, can’t wait!! Sounds extremely intriguing :-D. I’m sure, as always they’ll be absolutely amazing!! Roll on the 21st 😉 x

October 4, 2011 at 5:31 pm
TeamAro1 says:

Sounds amazing – can’t wait to see! 😀

October 4, 2011 at 6:20 pm
Zchpayne says:

I’m terribly upset you don’t get seen in America…

October 4, 2011 at 6:36 pm
Chantelle says:

Ahh just in time for my 26th birthday what a pleasant early birthday treat (2 days early) you are so good aren’t you 😀

gotta love you for that lol 🙂 xx

Really will be fab to see you on my screen again Derren dear, have missed your begoateed face loads!

& I have a bone to pick with you! Why you not getting your gorgeous ass down here to my hometown of Hull Sir Brown? hmm? make me a happy lil bunny & bring your beautiful mind bending self down here or I’ll have to have words with you when I see you in Leeds in Feb (yes 2 days before YOUR birthday)

& If you’re a good beardy I might take you out for a drink (If you’d like) 😉 x

Right then I shall let you get on with your marvellous mentalism & suchlike.

Come see me (& all other Hullensians SOON) You know you want to 🙂 x

October 4, 2011 at 6:43 pm
Cathy says:

Nice one Der 🙂 xxxx

October 4, 2011 at 7:15 pm
Lisa McMenamin says:

Yipppeee! I’m looking forward to seeing them!

October 4, 2011 at 7:22 pm
chris hamill says:

im pleased the new show is coming however i am genuinly gutted i wasnt picked to be in the show. im now going to cry. lots.

October 4, 2011 at 7:27 pm
muse_babe says:

SQUEE! Ahem…

October 4, 2011 at 7:48 pm
Auberjoyed says:

Delighted and excited in similar, but not quite equal measure.

October 4, 2011 at 8:01 pm

I’m glad magicians of all kinds take little time to build up their specials. If this were any other kind of show the announcement would be made months earlier. My anticipation is built to a max now!

October 4, 2011 at 8:06 pm

Can you please inform us of when the first trailer will be aired? I normally miss them then get angry that my friends saw it and it escalates from there, sometimes into a huge YOU themed riot in the middle of the maths corridor at school. Thank you! 🙂

October 4, 2011 at 8:14 pm
Bex says:

YAY! 😀 a spanking new Derren Brownings tv show can’t wait! Please please wait until I come back off holiday though before you show it, or I shall have to ask the pilot to turn around! Xxx

October 4, 2011 at 8:17 pm
Nikki says:

I wanted to squeeeeeee but someone bet me to it ……. But YAYS!!!!!!!!!! U have been gone farrrrr to long Mr B !! I missed ya 🙁

October 4, 2011 at 8:22 pm
Shaun Banks says:

“Each special is an ambitious sociological experiment, in which the unwitting subject is a single person, a crowd, or even an entire town”

Clearly Mr Brown you are going for Global Domination – Total control of the masses – DESTROY THEM ALL – RESISTANCE IS FUTILE – THEY WILL BE EXTERMINATED -EXTERMINATED -EXTERMINATED – and then we can all have a nice up of tea.

I saw you at Worthing a few years back and I know you saw me but obviously you were too busy doing your show to stop and chat. I did put my stainless steel colander, with wire coat hanger attached, on my head to try and communicate with you using mind powers but there was too much interference from the local taxi firm. (I had no problem getting a taxi after the show though)

Just Joking

October 4, 2011 at 8:47 pm
Smart Alec says:

Oh, look what I’ve noticed (I’m assuming no-one else has as they haven’t mentioned it): first one on the 21st, then the second on the 28th, the third on the 4th, then the finale on 11/11/11. This, Hero at 30000ft on 8/9/10 and How to Win the Lottery on 9/9/9 have led me to believe that Derren Brown is a SIGNIFICANT DATE WHORE!!!!!!! and we love you for it 😉

October 4, 2011 at 8:59 pm
francesca says:

Brilliant. Cant wait (as long as its not me you trick!).

October 4, 2011 at 10:00 pm
spiderabc1 says:

: )

October 4, 2011 at 10:17 pm
Laurence says:


I can already feel like it’ll be your best work…!!

October 4, 2011 at 10:32 pm
Sarah Lou says:

OMG….. I swear my heart skipped a beat when I saw this….and when I screamed. Really excited now! ^_^ Hope it went well!!!!!!!!!

October 4, 2011 at 11:07 pm
Danielle says:

I have an idea about what one of the experiments could be. I did A level Psychology and can vaguely remember a study done about how a crowd mentality can rub off on an individual. The psychologists would get an actor to stand on top of a building and act like he was going to commit suicide.. They would then have actors pretending to be passers by who would shout “jump!” and then see if any normal people would join in with the taunting. Surprisingly they usually did.
I’m just guessing here but I think it could involve something similar. Anyway looking forward to it all the same.. I met Derren once, really cool.. We had a chat about Las Vegas and he told me to go see a magician called Mack King while I was there and I did and it was awesome.. Fig Newton Derren? x

October 4, 2011 at 11:11 pm
Gregor says:

Darker side of humanity? Are you going to make people eat eachother? Because cannibalism is creepy.

October 5, 2011 at 12:05 am
Thistooshallpass says:

So excited to hear that you’ve been messing with our heads again Derren and I’m dying to find out what you’ve been getting up to. The old telly box is in dire need of some kind of ‘shake up’ and you’re just the man for the job.

October 5, 2011 at 2:39 am

I felt some goosebumps right now!!! And I’m miles and miles away!!!

Mr. Brown, I need to say that, you inspire me!

Thanks for being so talented, and sharing this with us!

October 5, 2011 at 4:33 am
zeebay says:

Sure guy

October 5, 2011 at 9:51 am

You’re so entertaining Derren, I really can’t wait to see this, I’ve been transfixed by your shows ever since you hypnotized my friend to make him think his chair was boiling hot, brilliant.

October 5, 2011 at 10:26 am
Gary says:

Oh wow, I have been waiting for what seems like years to see some new mischief!

October 5, 2011 at 11:18 am
Jen says:

My god, re-read this again and just got goosebumps myself!! so glad I sent off my form now and well you know the rest!! 🙂

Amazing stuff as always….keep it coming.

Love x

October 5, 2011 at 11:23 am
Berber Anna says:

Jen, now you’re making me even more curious, dammit. You’re evil. 😉

October 5, 2011 at 1:08 pm
matt says:

Sounds Fab!!

Shame you couldn’t do some experiments on the Government,
to get them running this country properly?

Looking forward to the series

October 5, 2011 at 1:25 pm
Jen says:

he he!!!! it will be amazing 🙂 your all in for a treat.

Also Derren got something I would like you to read whats the best email to send it to so you can?

Love x

October 5, 2011 at 2:12 pm
Paul says:

OO excellent – any idea which one is airing first? ( wonder if its the one i was at the recording of!)

October 5, 2011 at 2:57 pm
miep says:

Yay, only 17 more nights sleep, Yippee!

October 5, 2011 at 6:52 pm
Tasha says:

Now, would I have found out by now whether I was in the show? I made it to the audition thing but I’ve never been 100% sure whether I was unsuccessful. Or not.

October 5, 2011 at 9:41 pm
Jessika says:

‘…Three of the four very much look at the darkest edges of human behaviour, and given that, I’m sure there’ll be all manner of complaints…’

I’ll ink up the Pen of Rage 😀

October 6, 2011 at 1:36 pm
Dan says:


Quote: (from post: 4/10/11; 11:07)

“The psychologists would get an actor to stand on top of a building and act like he was going to commit suicide.. They would then have actors pretending to be passers by who would shout “jump!” and then see if any normal people would join in with the taunting. Surprisingly they usually did.”

Be careful what you wish for – just two days later:

October 7, 2011 at 4:55 pm

Looking forward to it

October 9, 2011 at 1:33 am
nick says:

man i wish i lived in england and could watch this….stupid tv signals…dammit

October 11, 2011 at 4:29 pm
Ellen says:

My intense excitement is verging on being unhealthy.

October 12, 2011 at 7:14 am

AWESOME!!! I am really impressed with this new series. This is so good and worth show to watch. Thanks a lot for sharing the review and make it interesting by writing it in your own words.

October 18, 2011 at 12:40 pm

Excellent Derren, I’m looking forward to this. Have a look at the Gunfire Graffiti website where it happens for real!