Derren Brown Investigates
Monday, 8.30pm, SBS One Derren Brown is an illusionist. Some might call him a shonk. But at least he’s honest about the paranormal abilities that draw thousands to his shows each year — he doesn’t have any. In his work, he says, he uses a mixture of magic, suggestion, psychology, misdirection and showmanship. However, there are people who claim to have real paranormal abilities. So who better to investigate them? In this series Brown hits the psychic trail to see if there is any substance to it. He insists that in this time of economic recession, and of course we’re talking about Britain, people increasingly are turning to psychics to get an extra edge, to assuage fears and to communicate with the dead. Things get combative in Liverpool when Brown has a bit of a falling out with Joe Power, a man who claims to speak regularly with people on the other side, such as John Lennon. Apparently he’s terrific for business.