Derren Brown takes on faith healers in new show
By GUARDIAN TV & RADIO BLOG - GUARDIAN
Added: Sun, 24 Apr 2011 12:01:19 UTC
Derren Brown: Miracles for Sale is on Easter Monday at 9pm on Channel 4
"I guess I've gone from being somebody who wanted to go: 'Look I can do magic tricks – aren't I clever?' to having grown out of that now," says Derren Brown, who Channel 4 audiences have watched apparently predict the lottery numbers and play Russian roulette live on air. His Easter Monday show aims to discredit faith healers – and do so using a member of the public posing as a pastor who can perform miracles. "[It's] about somebody else's journey rather than me looking clever and doing tricks and things."
Those who watched Hero at 30,000 Feet last autumn might question Brown's change of direction; I'm not sure I was ever convinced by the idea, let alone the execution. But his new adventure finds him firing on all cylinders – faith healers shouldn't expect an easy ride. "I realised it wasn't just [like] psychics and mediums," Brown says. "I realised they're genuinely dangerous."
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On Easter Monday, April 25th at 9pm, Derren Brown's new special DERREN BROWN: MIRACLES FOR SALE will air on C4.