Illusionist Derren Brown is to return to Channel 4 this summer with a new live stunt and a viewer-voted retrospective.

Celebrating twenty years on Channel 4, Brown will surprise one unsuspecting viewer as part of a two-hour special, Derren Brown, 20 Years of Mind Control: Live.

In the special, Brown will  reveal the stories behind each one and talk through the meticulous logistics involved

Viewers will be able to choose from a shortlist of five of Brown’s favourites and the vote will open in the weeks prior to transmission.

Derren Brown said, “Twenty years! That was quick. And what a treat to be given this night by the broadcaster that have been so very supportive and nurturing over that time. I can’t imagine two decades with anyone else. It’s going to be a fun night.”

Phil Harris, Head of Entertainment at Channel 4 said, “There are very few people within the entertainment industry capable of raising the exhilaration stakes in quite the way Derren does and with him at the helm, this very special celebration should be no different.”

Tom Beck, Head of Live Events and Commissioning Editor for Entertainment at Channel 4 added, “Mind-blowing to watch, mildly terrifying to work with, Derren is a complete genius. His body of work over the last 20 years is unparalleled in its range, ambition and sheer entertainment value. We’re proud to have been his home for two decades and I’m very excited – and mildly terrified – to see how he’s planning to celebrate.”

The one off special (1 x 120’) has been commissioned by Phil Harris, Head of Entertainment, Tom Beck, Head of Live Events and Commissioning Editor for Entertainment and Antonia Howard-Taylor, Commissioning Executive for Entertainment at Channel 4. It will be made by Vaudeville Productions and the Executive Producers are Martin Turner and Andrew O’Connor.

Jon Creamer

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