More of Derren? Let the world end now!
Derren Brown has pulled off some unlikely mind tricks over the years but his Channel 4 show really did achieve the impossible – it made me MISS
Because that is all Apocalypse was – a much longer, duller and smugger version of ITV’s old hidden camera prank show.
Beadle may have been a creepy little twerp but at least he got his skates on (how he tied them with that hand, God only knows).
Ten minutes. That was all it took to watch a Beadle prank.
Fella comes home to find his garage being dismantled by “council official”, goes sweary mental, is threatened with arrest by the only bearded police officer in the UK, swears some more, realises bearded police officer is Beadle, swears a bit more, claims he knew it was Beadle all along, laughs and swears at same time.
Couple of those per episode. Bosh. Job done.
Brown, on the other hand, expects us to sit through the one tiresome prank – he has allegedly tricked a young chap into believing the world is under meteorite and zombie attack – for TWO HOURS.
The first hour (the second airs this Friday) was mostly taken up by selfjustification, with Brown telling us what a useless slob his patsy is.
Otherwise we might feel sorry for him and, God forbid, think Brown is an utter c*** for making him think his family was dead.
Instead we were repeatedly told that young Stephen is lazy, selfish, and in a “dead end job”. As opposed to a really important job, like jumped-up, end-of-thepier con artist, eh Derren?
They even wheeled the poor lad’s mum on to shed a few tears about how he does not seem to appreciate her.
Really? Have you ever considered that might be because you are the sort of lousy mother who would conspire in the humiliation of her child on national television?
Having smeared his mark, Brown was then able to claim his nasty little prank was about helping Stephen turn his life around, via some cheap pyrotechnics and sub- Casualty actors.
Yeah right. And Beadle was a concert pianist.
“If the world ended tomorrow,” spouted Brown, still in self-justification mode: “Would YOU be happy with how you lived your life?”
Not the part of it I spent watching this sh*te, I wouldn’t.