The BEST Episodes of Derren Brown: Trick or Treat

Every episode ever - ranked by fan votes!

Last Updated: Sep 21, 2021

Network: Channel 4

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.

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#1 - Confidence

Season 2 - Episode 5 - Aired May 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...

star 8.85
33 votes

#2 - Time

Season 2 - Episode 3 - Aired May 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.

star 8.75
32 votes

#3 - Superstition

Season 2 - Episode 6 - Aired Jun 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.

star 8.75
32 votes

#4 - Escape

Season 2 - Episode 4 - Aired May 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.

star 8.72
32 votes

#5 - Kitten

Season 2 - Episode 2 - Aired May 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.

star 8.70
33 votes

#6 - Dead

Season 1 - Episode 6 - Aired May 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.

star 8.68
40 votes

#7 - Piano

Season 1 - Episode 5 - Aired May 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.

star 8.41
63 votes

#8 - Marrakech

Season 1 - Episode 1 - Aired Apr 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.

star 8.24
76 votes

#9 - Poker

Season 1 - Episode 3 - Aired Apr 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.

star 7.93
70 votes

#10 - Madman

Season 1 - Episode 4 - Aired May 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.

star 7.89
64 votes

#11 - Ventriloquism

Season 1 - Episode 2 - Aired Apr 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.

star 7.74
43 votes

#12 - Quiz

Season 2 - Episode 1 - Aired May 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.

star 7.50
60 votes
Directors: Ben Caron