Don't if you watched Derren Brown's 'Apocalypse'?
If you're not familiar with Derren Brown, he's an English TV star who specialises in psychological tricks. Last night's show was possibly his most elaborate yet.
He conspired against a man called Steven, using Steven's family, 250 actors and actresses and a TV production crew to persuade Steven that the world as we know it had come to an end. He began by hacking into his mobile and his TV with news of a possible meteorite strike on the planet. He then used some impressive effects to create what appeared to be a meteorite strike. He then hypnotised Steven, carried him to a disused building which was made up to like an empty hospital and woke him up. Steven was left to wander around the site for another couple of days, surrounded by actors walking around acting like zombies and three other actors who pretended to be survivors like him. It was a little like the Michael Douglas film 'The Game' but it was a documentary and we were all watching it. He also designed it to bring out the best in Steven, who appeared to be transformed by the experience from a lazy young man who used to take everything for granted into a more caring, purposeful, confident guy.
I'm just not quite sure how much of it was as Derren Brown made it out to be. In the past he's claimed to use a mixture of psychology, tricks and showmanship and you just never know how much of each element is used in any of his shows.
It was great TV.
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- Derren Brown's Apocalypse