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Derren Brown is taking his mind games to Netflix. His new series 'The Push' is more outlandish than anything he's done before – it seeks to manipulate someone into thinking they're committing a murder.

"Can we be manipulated through social pressure to commit murder?" Brown asks in the trailer.

It's typically high concept for Brown. One man is at the centre of a web of lies, with 70 actors playing out a meticulously planned and rehearsed scenario in order to manipulate our unwitting star.

It's not clear exactly what the situation is. But at one point someone says of a man who's pretended to have a heart attack: "He's a millionaire. He's going to make sure you go to jail." So presumably the man has to make a decision whether to murder someone to save his own skin.

It has echoes of the famous Milgram experiment of the 1960s in which participants gave increasing levels of electric shocks to an unseen recipient because they were told to by an authority figure. The experiment found a, ahem, shockingly high number of the participants would have delivered fatal levels of shocks, were they genuine.

'The Push' is sure to raise similar ethics questions as the Milgram experiment. As it is to shine a light on people's worrying capacity to inflict harm on their fellow humans.

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