Archive for the ‘Channel 4’ Category

Channel 4OD comes to Samsung’s range of Smart TVs

Thursday, March 28th, 2013

samsung-smart-tv-4od-announce.jpgSamsung have added Channel 4’s 4oD catch-up TV service to their range of connected Smart TVs.

Available through Samsung Apps, the company’s Smart TV service portal, 4oD offers thirty days worth of recently-broadcast content from the likes of Channel 4 and More 4, alongside archive content.

Shows like BrassEye and Peep Show are all available to be viewed on demand.

“We’re pleased to be able to extend the availability of 4oD, our successful video on demand service, to Samsung’s Smart TVs as we continue to widen the reach of Channel 4 content onto key platforms,” said Sarah Milton, head of video on demand at Channel 4.

“Smart TV owners will now be able to catch up with recent popular Channel 4 programmes and access many shows from Channel 4’s vast archive spanning 30 years of broadcasting – on demand via their television.”

The app is available to all Samsung Smart TVs released in 2012, or newer.

The announcement follows a similar move by Sky, who also recently added 4oD to their catch-up TV offering.


LOVEFiLM to bring Peep Show and Inbetweeners to Instant service thanks to Channel 4 deal

Monday, January 21st, 2013

LoveFilm Instant’s catalogue of on-demand streaming titles gets a boost today with the announcement of a new content deal with Channel 4.

The Amazon-owned streaming service will now offer its members access to choice cuts from Channel 4’s 4oD online TV archive, including shows such as Peep Show (right), Father Ted, The Inbetweeners and Friday Night Dinner.

Older shows such as BAFTA award-winning Drop the Dead Donkey, drama Queer As Folk, and all four series of Teachers will also be available.

“Our TV offering has gone from strength to strength and this deal will bring even more iconic British content to the service,” said Jim Buckle, Managing Director at LOVEFiLM. “We’re proud to offer more diverse and exciting instant television programming to our members than any other subscription service.”

The new 4oD content will be housed in a branded collection on the LoveFilm Instant service, and will expand over time to include more Channel 4 TV shows including Shameless and The IT Crowd in their entireties.

“We’re very proud of our rich archive of shows on 4oD and we’re delighted to find another platform for many of them on LOVEFiLM,” Sarah Rose, Director of Commercial & Business Development at Channel 4 added

“Our growing mix of classic comedy, drama and documentary spanning 30 years of broadcasting, complements LOVEFiLM’s already diverse range of great programmes and films.”

Wondering what else is available through LoveFilm Instant? Check out our handy guide to every Netflix and LoveFilm Instant movie or TV show available in the UK now.

Via Tech Digest

Channel 4 goes mad with a week of programmes on mental health

Monday, July 23rd, 2012

Tonight sees the start of Mad Week on Channel 4, when it shows a series of programmes looking at attitudes to mental health. This being Channel 4, though, the shows are generally celeb-fronted and appear light-hearted.

First up tonight at 10PM, depression-sufferer Ruby Wax follows a number of successful business people as they reveal their illness to employers, family and friends in Ruby Wax’s Mad Confessions.

Then on Tuesday at 10, sand up comic Jon Richardson presents A Little Bit OCD, where he meets numerous OCD sufferers and discovers more about the condition.

Wednesday at 10 brings the World’s Maddest Job Interview, which finds 8 people with serious mental health issues interviewed and assessed by a panel of business experts (including Apprentice job interview hatchet man Claude Littner) to try and see if their condition affects their work ability.

And finally, on Thursday at 10 is Obsessive Compulsive Hoarder: The Big Clear Out. Here, OCD sufferer and extreme hoarder Richard Wallace tries to rid himself of as many of his pointless possessions as possible.

All the programmes sound great, interesting and (worryingly) a little like the sort of thing Chris Morris would have been lampooning a mad TV of the future a few years ago. Here’s hoping the gimmickier-sounding of these shows are handled sensitively.

Sunday Brunch: Lovejoy and Rimmer jump channels, does anyone care?

Thursday, March 22nd, 2012

When the BBC announced that they were dropping Sunday food/ chat/ clip show Something For The Weekend most viewers were either relieved or indifferent. It had pretty much had its day and the prospect of a Sunday without Louise Redknapp’s woeful interview technique, Simon Rimmer’s half-hearted recipes and Tim Lovejoy’s hackneyed chumminess seemed very attractive.Sunday Brunch logo


Sadly Channel 4 have bought the programme (most of it, anyway) and a renamed version launches this Sunday at 10AM. Sunday Brunch – as it’s artlessly dubbed – still features Lovejoy and Rimmer but Redkapp has mercifully been jettisoned and it remains to be seen how many (if any) of the other regular contributors survive the jump.


Apparently the programme will still feature cooking, interviews and clips but presumably it will now also require ad breaks, which means it goes from being dull to being dull with added dull bits. Maybe the channel hop will rejuvenate the show and bring a bit more zip and zing to proceedings but, more likely, the law of diminishing returns will exact itself and the show will peter out again fairly soon.



If Ricky Gervais’s new sitcom is so good why won’t Channel 4 commission a series?

Tuesday, March 20th, 2012

With new Ricky Gervais’s new sitcom pilot ‘Derek’ due to air at a BAFTA screening next week, we wonder why commissioners Channel 4 appear so reluctant to simply order a full series.Ricky Gervais
The pilot features Gervais as Derek, a care home worker described as ‘a tender, innocent man whose love for his job and the people he cares for shines through. He’s 49 years old and loves animals, Rolf Harris, Jesus, Deal or No Deal, Million Pound Drop and Britain’s Got Talent – but his main hobby is autograph hunting’. The show also features Karl Pilkington, in his first acting role, and (reportedly) Sean Connery.

So, with Gervais’s sitcom history and a big name cast, this would seem to be a significant opportunity for Channel 4 to score a sure-fire hit – why are they dragging their feet in only making a pilot?
In a statement the channel say: ‘Channel 4 is very excited to be working with Ricky Gervais on this new project and it’s wrong to say we have rejected a series. The pilot will be on TV in April and then there’ll be further discussions about the potential for a full series.’

However, after the critical disaster of Gervais’s last sitcom ‘Life’s Too Short’ and (relatively) poor audience figures it would appear either that Channel 4 have slightly cold feet about what would be a major series for them or that Gervais himself wants feedback before he commits to another less-than-popular project.

You get chance to decide for yourselves as the pilot airs on Channel 4 in next month.


Homeland: Is it dynamite or dull?

Monday, March 19th, 2012

As CIA/ Al-Qaeda/ is he?/ isn’t he? political drama  Homeland passes its fourth episode of series 1 on Channel 4, we’ve been looking at opinion to see how we all think its doing. Is it a gripping thriller that takes the viewer on a white-knuckle ride through a post-9/11 America or is it a Lost-style sham, dropping just enough into each episode to keep ratings buoyant?Homeland

Homeland – for those of you who have series-linked the first few episodes and are still prevaricating about watching it – is the story of an American soldier (Damian Lewis as Nicholas Brody) who has returned to the US from imprisonment in Iraq and the counter-terrorism CIA officer Claire Danes as Carrie Mathison) charged with his post-kidnap care. The big question is whether or not Brody has been brain-washed by his Al-Qaeda captors and is actually a double agent intent on destroying America from the inside. The show has won many awards in the US, where it also received a very positive critical response. It was bought by Channel 4 in the UK after bosses saw the first few episodes and were convinced of the show’s quality.

Many viewers, though, are less sure of the series with many on social networks saying that episodes 2 and 3 were a little lacklustre and others threatening to quit the show if the plot doesn’t coalesce soon. Some have compared it to desert island show Lost which won a massive initial audience but kept viewers tagged along for so many series that it ‘lost’ all credibility – frustrating more than it entertained. UK audience figures for Homeland have been steady, at around 2 million per episode, so it would seem that (for the time being at least) most are gripped enough to stay with it.

Advance word from the US is that episode 7 is a ‘watershed’ and it was then that reception of the show became 100% positive – so, will you be sticking with it?

Deal Or No Deal ‘Involves no skill’ – Did anyone believe it does?

Wednesday, March 14th, 2012

The Gambling Commission is investigating Channel 4’s daytime quiz show Deal Or No Deal after a complaint that it breaks betting law. Game shows that contain no skill on the part of the competitor are considered gambling and must be licensed accordingly. If this is found to be the case then the show would also have to be shown in a later time slot.Noel Edmonds

But did anyone really ever believe that being on the show demanded any skill? Only the competitors (who have to live together cult-style for a week and so have cabin fever) and the studio audience (who are locked in a room with Noel Edmonds for hours on end and therefore inevitably traumatised) seem to think that randomly picking numbers and choosing to stick or twist is the work of a strategic genius. Surely the viewing public are sensible enough to spot an elaborate guessing game when they see one?

If the Gambling Commission do decide (after 7 years on air) that the whole shebang is against the law it could have consequences for other shows like Red or Black, which is also just a guessing game.

Peter Bazalgette, the owner of show creator Endemol, defended the programme by saying: ‘It would be very strange if the UK suddenly decided you couldn’t have Deal or No Deal on air.’ Not as strange, Pete, as the resurgence in Edmonds’ career that Deal Or No Deal provided. Proof, if it were needed, that we live in a strange world indeed.


The Secret Policeman’s Ball’s Greatest Hits

Friday, March 9th, 2012

Tonight Channel 4 shows the 50th Anniversary Secret Policeman’s Ball, recorded at New York’s Radio City Music Hall. The show features the likes of Russell Brand, Jimmy Carr, Noel Fielding, Micky Flanagan, Sarah Silverman, Jon Stewart and Jack Whitehall, but can it stand up to some the great ball’s of the past?

Here are a few clips from yester-balls to help you decide:


Rowan Atkinson gives a masterful performance by simply reading the register.



Natalie Imbruglia shows she’s a game gal when she encounters a mime.



Classic slapstick Monty Python.



Tim Minchin stands up for his race.



Peter Cook plays E.L. Wisty and bores the pants off John Cleese.



Russell Brand in typically reserved form.



Considered by many to be the Secret Policeman’s Ball’s greatest ever sketch (but unfathomable to anyone under 40), the judge sums up in the Jeremy Thorpe murder case.

Mountford and Hewer’s Countdown reunion: Who else should team back up?

Thursday, March 8th, 2012

With new Countdown host Nick Hewer set to shoot a week of shows next week with former Apprentice counterpart Margaret Mountford in dictionary corner, we thought we’d take the opportunity to look back at some of TV’s most popular double acts and see if there’s any chance of them getting back together for one last job.

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Newman & Baddiel

Who? – 1990’s ‘Comedy is the new rock n roll’ arena filling pairing. Started on the Mary Whitehouse Experience, ended up arguing about dressing room size.

Chances of a reunion? – Apparently they still don’t get on, so not great.

Fry & Laurie

Who? – Cambridge educated brain box pairing who made several critically successful series in the 80’s and 90’s. Since gone onto become (respectively) the Greatest Living Englishman and a massive worldwide TV star in a show hardly watched in the UK.

Chances of a reunion? – They’re still best mates (Fry is godfather to Laurie’s kids) so you never know.

Adrian Chiles & Christine Bleakley

Who? – ITV’s one-time breakfast golden couple were poached form the Beeb in a mind-bogglingly expensive deal only to find themselves kicked off their flagship show after only a few months of bad ratings. Not been seen together in public since.

Chances of a reunion? – Do they need it? Chiles is doing his footie and chat show, Bleakley is presenting Dancing On Ice with serial co-presenter Pip Schofield. Can’t see them teaming up again soon.

French & Saunders

Who? – Comic Strip alumni who have had innumerable sketch show and sitcom successes.

Chances of a reunion? – Virtually guaranteed, just wait until next Xmas.

Reeves & Mortimer

Who? – Surrealist mirth mongers recently dropped by the BBC for still unexplained reasons.

Chances of a reunion? – Vic and Bob are the best of friends and neither has flourished in solo projects. Expect more daftness from them soon.

Noel Fielding & Julian Barratt

Who? – Mighty Boosh team who haven’t worked together since the last series ended 5 years ago.

Chances of a reunion? – Fielding’s recent Luxury Comedy show sunk during its first episode and Barratt has only taken a few acting roles of late. Might be high time for them to get back to booshing.

Steptoe and Son

Who? – Odd couple father and son rag-and-bone men who both died many years ago.

Chances of a reunion? – Slim at best.


W****r wins Countdown conundrum

Thursday, January 19th, 2012

A Countdown contestant prompted guffaws among Countdown’s mostly elderly crowd when he used the word “w***er” to win a round. IT consultant Mark Murphy left new host Nick Hewer red-faced when he submitted the slang word for someone who masturbates after being presented with the letters R,A,E,P,K,W,A, E, N.

Nick quickly asked competitor Nick Evans for his word – Weakener – which was then rejected because he had mistakenly used an extra E. So Hewer turned to dictionary corner and quipped: “Where does Mark stand on this?”, prompting words expert Susie Dent to reply: “He stands absolutely fine, it’s in the dictionary.”

A Channel 4 spokesperson said they tried not to cause any offense in the afternoon slot by bleeping out the profanity and not having Rachel Riley present it after the round as is normally done.

They said: A Channel 4 spokesman said: “The word was bleeped out and not shown on the board to ensure the programme is suitable for its daytime audience.”

The Oxford English Dictionary gives the definition of the word as: “British vulgar slang. A contemptible person (used as a generalised term of abuse).”

It is not the first time the word has been submitted as an answer on the show. Two contestants both submitted “w***ers” as their answer in a 1981 episode, while it featured again in 2008.

In 2003, dictionary corner guest also offered it as an alternative to the answers given by contestants.

She joked: “I wouldn’t have thought it was in the dictionary but it is in there and we all know what it means so I think we better move on.”

In November 2010, Channel 4 ordered a round to be filmed again after a contestant tried to submit the word “s**tface”. And in December 2010 a contestant submitted ‘Large Baps’ – see here.

Ricky Gervais to sign Channel 4 deal after Life’s Too Short ratings flop

Wednesday, December 21st, 2011

Ricky Gervais is set to sign a deal with Channel 4.  The 50-year-old comic has filmed a pilot for a new sitcom for the network and is said to be “very pleased” with the show, which has a working title of Derek.

Channel 4 chief Jay hunt is reportedly “thrilled” with the show, which is set in an old people’s home and features Ricky as elderly and confused resident Derek Noakes. The show features the comic’s sidekick Karl Pilkington in his debut acting role and is expected to feature a series of guest stars, including the likes of Sir Sean Connery.

The proposed move to Channel 4 comes after Ricky’s last series, Life’s Too Short – which starred Warwick Davies – was a ratings flop for the BBC in comparison to the funnyman’s previous shows The Office and Extras.

A source told the Daily Mirror newspaper: “There have been many meetings in a bid to discover why it missed the mark. No one really knows. Some you win, some you lose.”

Despite recording the pilot, Channel 4 executives insist they have not yet commissioned Derek for a full series.

A spokesperson said: “This is a continuation of our relationship with Ricky Gervais.”

Gok Wan to front Chinese cookery show

Wednesday, June 22nd, 2011

Gok Wan to host a Chinese cookery and culture show

He’s best known for fashion. But now Gok Wan to front a new Chinese cookery show for Channel 4.

The 36-year-old, best known for styling programmes such as How To Look Good Naked and Gok’s Fashion Fix will present a food programme featuring dishes inspired by his Chinese heritage.

A source told the Daily Mirror newspaper: “Move over Jamie Oliver and Gordon Ramsay. Gok is hugely popular with the Channel 4 audience and the nation just loves Chinese food.

“With Gok showing them how to cook it themselves – which will be both cheaper and healthier – it’s a winning combination.”

A spokesperson for Channel 4 confirmed that a “taster tape” was being produced by Optoman TV and described the project as a “bit of a mixture of Chinese food and culture.”

Gok – whose parents, English mother Myra and Chinese father John Tung Shing Wan, run a restaurant in Leicester – has previously admitted his family’s love of cooking inspires his styling.

He said: “We love one-pot cooking. Start with a really good base, like a noodle or a soup, then add to it and make sure it’s all about colour and texture. Treat your wardrobe as a wok.”

The Comic Strip returns to TV with original stars

Wednesday, June 15th, 2011

With lashings of ginger beer no doubt, The Comic Strip is set to return to our screens.

The classic series – which helped launch the careers of Jennifer Saunders, Dawn French, Keith Allen, Alexei Sayle and Adrian Edmondson – has been re-commissioned by Channel 4 for a one-off special.

The special will see former Prime Minister Tony Blair on the run after committing a murder.  A source said: “Tony Blair vows to clear his name no matter what.”

Original stars Jennifer Saunders, Nigel Planer, Robbie Coltrane, and Rik Mayall will appear alongside newcomers James Buckley, John Sessions, Ross Noble, Catherine Shepherd, Ford Kiernan and Morgana Robinson.

Channel 4 comedy boss Shane Allen told The Sun newspaper: “It’s an irresistibly hilarious script from the Godfathers of modern comedy. There are so many juicy parts for the big comedy hitters of the Comic Strip team alongside newer talents.”

The Comic Strip was first devised by Peter Richardson in 1982 to showcase emerging talents, before going off the air in 1993.

The show then returned for three specials in 1998, 20000 and 2005.

You can see the first ever Comic Strip, the Enid Blyton spoof, Five Go Mad in Dorset, below:

The Comic Strip Presents… Five Go Mad In… by deathbyplastic


Channel 4 Comedy Gala Review, Shit lookalikes: Rob Brydon v Anton Du Beke

Monday, June 13th, 2011


Shit Lookalikes: Rob Brydon and Anton Du Beke. Or is it the other way round?

Thoroughly enjoyed Channel 4’s Comedy Gala on Friday night – with the exception of Michael McIntyre who I normally enjoy, but found incredibly smug with his routine about how famous he is since judging Britain’s Got Talent.

As well as the some of the UK’s best comedians (Lee Evans was the highlight – much less slapstick, and far more cutting than I remember him, but also really rate Jack Whitehall) some of the adverts and messages of support for the Great Ormond Street Hospital charity event were brilliant.

Loved Jimmy and Alan Carr appearing in various adverts between the stand up routines especially Alan Carr in his budgie smugglers in the Foster’s Advert and Jimmy popping up as a sinister looking monkey in a Costa Coffee advert. Certainly made the adverts much more enjoyable and less predictable than usual.

There was also a great sketch featuring an AA man who was getting confused between Rob Brydon and Anton Du Beke. Must admit I hadn’t really thought about how similar they looked until I saw them both together in the sketch. Not such a shit look alike after all then?

Channel 4 has recomissioned ‘Big Fat Gypsy Weddings’

Friday, May 27th, 2011

Channel 4 has recomissioned ‘Big Fat Gypsy Weddings’.

The station were thrilled with the response to the first series of the programme – which averaged 9.1 million viewers over five episodes – and Firecracker Films executives have already begun meeting members of travelling communities ahead of filming the six-episode series, which will air early in 2012.

Jes Wilkins, the show’s executive producer, said: “We are excited about the creative challenge of how to follow up such a successful series.

“We are extremely grateful to all the gypsies and travellers who have opened up their lives to us over the last two years and we look forward to cultivating more relationships going forward.”

The new series will explore similar rituals to the first – including lavish weddings and confirmation ceremonies – while also exploring life on the road, health, family, prejudice, cultural differences and relationships in different travelling communities, as well as work and finance issues.

Tina Flintoff, Channel 4 factual entertainment commissioning editor said:”‘Big Fat Gypsy Weddings’ was a phenomenon.

“It would have been very easy for us to just commission more of the same but we wanted to enhance the series by adding more journalism and offering an even deeper insight into the gypsy and traveller way of life without losing what makes the show accessible – the weddings, christenings and spectacular celebrations.”

As well as introducing new families, the second series will also feature popular stars of the first series, including some of the brides, Irish traveller Paddy Doherty and dressmaker Thelma Madine.

Largebaps become ‘graspable’ on Countdown conundrum anagram

Wednesday, December 15th, 2010

Countdown Conundrum's largebaps

Once in a while Countdown gets interesting and schoolboys up and down the land (and let’s face it grown ups too) start sniggering. Rather than a random series of letters that probably spell a nine letter Polish surname (but nothing decipherable in English greater than four letters) the Countdown conundrum throws up a rude word.

Recently, it was ‘shitfaced’ which was deemed to rude to broadcast. But apparently ‘Largebaps’ which went out yesterday during the Countdown Conundrum was OK. Who decides on this sort of thing?

Anyway, what’s amazing is that a contestant was composed enough to rearrange the letters into the word ‘graspable’ which, I suppose, is fitting for largebaps. Meanwhile Jeff Stelling got a fit of the giggles. I have to say if that was me I would have just pissed myself laughing. Or is that just me?

Via, Via @theOliJones

New series: The Event, will it fill the gap after Lost?

Wednesday, October 20th, 2010

After a wave of good homegrown thriller series (Whitechapel, Thorne: Sleepyhead, Sherlock), there’s a new US series in town: The Event.

Judging by the first episode, which airs on Channel 4 this Friday, The Event is very much trying to fill the gap after series like Lost, Heroes and Flash Forward. Whilst there is no black smoke or polar bear (not that we know of at least), there is a plane involved…

The U.S. thriller follows Sean Walker (Jason Ritter) who, while investigating the mysterious disappearance of his fiancée Leila (Sarah Roemer), unwittingly begins to expose the biggest cover-up in U.S. history.

His choices affects the lives of strangers, including the U.S. President, but it soon becomes apparent that ‘their futures are set on a collision course in a global conspiracy that could ultimately change the fate of humankind’.

Do you know what The Event is? I can’t wait to find out!

Airs on Channel 4, Friday 22nd October 2010, 9pm.

How Twitter and chat are saving live TV. And it is more than Ask The Chancellors

Tuesday, March 30th, 2010

Chancellors-debate-001.jpgFor years now the accepted wisdom from broadcasters has been that live TV is becoming less and less important as viewers timeshift everything on devices like the Sky + box to watch later at their own convenience (and obviously skip all those ads). However over the last year or so a new trend has been developing which just might save live TV, and it is all down to Twitter and our innate need to share.

Last night’s Ask The Chancellors debate on Channel Four was a hugely compelling viewing experience with the three parties’ financial gurus talking tough on the economy, taxes and debt restructuring. Yet if you recorded it and watched the programme hours later you missed out on half of the reason why it was so exciting. For during the hour it was broadcast Twitter was ablaze with tweets about how the individuals were faring, what they were wearing, how they answered the questions and what the experts (and opinion polls) were saying. The debate was so popular on Twitter that the hash tag askthechancellors started trending much to the bemusement of the micro blogging tool’s hardcore US following.

And the Chancellors debate is just the beginning. The leader debates are sure to be a really exciting brawl on Twitter as die hard hacks champion their men in a bid to influence floating voters.

It isn’t just politics that is central to the new TV/Twitter alliance – there’s sport too. Wednesday sees perhaps the most eagerly awaited football match of 2010 as Arsenal take on Barcelona in the Champions League quarter final. Once again this is likely to be fascinating on Twitter with many neutrals offering really intelligent and objective insights on the game. TechDigest‘s sister website TV Scoop is also teaming up with football site to host a live chat around the game using some very innovative new software from Telegent Systems. There are prizes for the best commenters. The new Telegent service will also enable users to take part in quizzes and polls and even integrate their Facebook page with the TV service via Facebook Connect.

The key question is whether systems like Twitter and Telegent, along with experiments from UK broadcasters including the BBC, start impacting on mainstream TV programming? Live events like X Factor are one thing, however if people start tweeting through Coronation Street, Eastenders or Casualty it could signal a real shift away from recorded TV back to live viewing. And what about all those US imports too? There’s very real evidence that users are tweeting through programmes like Mad Men and Glee.

Ultimately I guess viewers won’t be tweeting or chatting using their laptops. Instead their TVs will have a built in chat stream so they can keep an eye on comments while watching the programmes. And it could be more than text chat too. If you want to see the reaction of you friends to a game then you’ll soon be able to communicate with them via Skype video calls on your set. Some TV makers, like Samsung, have even started offering apps for their TV sets and there are many people working on a killer integration of chat, video and live TV.

So it looks like live TV could well become a key trend for 2010. Advertisers must be rubbing their hands with delight. No more ad skipping and a whole new way to connect with audiences.

By Ashley Norris

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Is Hollyoaks too promiscuous?

Friday, February 13th, 2009

hollyoakskissing.jpgI love Hollyoaks. It’s my after work guilty pleasure. But I’ve noticed recently just how many of its storylines revolve around sex. Now, I’m no prude, but come on! Everyone it that village is at it. Is Hollyoaks taking the casual sex story too far?


TV Review: Derren Brown: Mind Reader, Evening of Wonders, Channel 4, Tuesday 13 January, 10pm

Wednesday, January 14th, 2009


I had a couple of reasons for watching Derren Brown last night. My friend Rob was on the show and I wanted to see what silly things he’d get up to. I’m also looking to find reasons why Derren Brown is not a wizard. He’s so unbelievably spooky and the “how does he do it?” drama of his shows never fails to entertain. Find out what he got my friend to do and what the rest of the show was like after the jump.

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