The BEST episodes of Derren Brown: Trick or Treat

Every episode of Derren Brown: Trick or Treat ever, ranked from best to worst by thousands of votes from fans of the show. The best episodes of Derren Brown: Trick or Treat!

Derren Brown at his most devilish. He has persuaded members of the public to sign a Faustian pact with him and participate in a macabre game of Trick or Treat.

Last Updated: 10/20/2023Network: Channel 4Status: Ended
32 votes

#1 - Confidence

Season 2 - Episode 5 - Aired 5/30/2008

Derren attempts to transform IT worker Jason from a nervous doubter to a confident go-getter. He teaches Jason a number of life-enhancing techniques that unlock the secrets of powerful confidence. Derren has Jason experience a potentially embarrassing speed-dating event - twice. And then he has one final surprise in store...

31 votes

#2 - Time

Season 2 - Episode 3 - Aired 5/16/2008

The subject, guest star David Tennant, appears to have the ability to time travel. He is taken back to the early 1930s and gives out facts, which appear in a newspaper from that date. He then predicts what a member of the public will draw on a card, twenty minutes beforehand. Finally, he performs automatic writing, predicting a news item which would appear four days later in The Guardian newspaper.

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31 votes

#3 - Superstition

Season 2 - Episode 6 - Aired 6/6/2008

Psychological illusionist Derren Brown concludes his second series of mind trickery. In tonight's finale, he executes a final twist on previous participants, including David Tennant, who have arrived for an end of series wrap party.

31 votes

#4 - Escape

Season 2 - Episode 4 - Aired 5/23/2008

Derren's "Trick"-victim is 22 year old administrator Angela, who has to learn some 19th century esoteric techniques. She is put through a series of trainings and tests that all lead up to the final challenge - an escape.

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32 votes

#5 - Kitten

Season 2 - Episode 2 - Aired 5/9/2008

The subject is shown a kitten in a metal cage and told that it will be electrocuted if they press a button. The subject is offered £500 if she can stay in the room for five minutes without killing the kitten, despite having been told not to.

36 votes

#6 - Dead

Season 1 - Episode 6 - Aired 5/18/2007

In the main plot, Derren's "trick"-victim is 29 year old psychologist Jules who witnesses her own death in a staged out-of-body experience. Side plots include Derren having a volunteer send a word to a group and Derren detecting lies from second hand car salesmen.

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61 votes

#7 - Piano

Season 1 - Episode 5 - Aired 5/11/2007

In the main plot, Derren's "Trick Or Treat"-victim is 21 year old Yshani, whom he teaches to play the piano to concert standard in one week. In the end, she gives a piano recital at London's Wigmore Hall. Side plots include Derren "transmitting" a four letter word to Simon Callow and Derren performing as a psychic waiter at a steakhouse in New York.

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74 votes

#8 - Marrakech

Season 1 - Episode 1 - Aired 4/13/2007

In the main plot Derren's first victim chooses "trick," so Derren makes him fall asleep in London and wake up in Morocco. Side plots include Derren planting a word in someone's mind and a discussion with a league of gentlemen about fate.

66 votes

#9 - Poker

Season 1 - Episode 3 - Aired 4/27/2007

In the main plot, Derren's "treat"-victim is 75 year old Anne, whom he teaches to play poker at a professional level in just one week, so she can play and win at a world class poker game. Side plots include Derren giving a waxwork experience to visitors of Madame Tussaud's and changing a person's perception of colours.

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62 votes

#10 - Madman

Season 1 - Episode 4 - Aired 5/4/2007

In the main plot, Derren's "trick"-victim is Steven, whom he gives a taste of temporary lunacy. Side plots include Derren showing to Martin Freeman the power of new age crystals and a group of bankers guessing the number of pieces of candy in a jar and coming up with a numerical equivalent.

40 votes

#11 - Ventriloquism

Season 1 - Episode 2 - Aired 4/20/2007

In the main plot, Derren's "trick"-victim Andy experiences a case of split identity. Side plots include the probable destruction of art and paying with blank paper instead of real money.

59 votes

#12 - Quiz

Season 2 - Episode 1 - Aired 5/2/2008

The subject is taught a technique of speed learning, and spends a week scanning hundreds of books in preparation for a Night of the Champions pub quiz, entering as the only solo participant.

Directors: Benjamin Caron