Having reviewed the first series, I mentioned there that this series was better. Whilst the first series was brilliant, it relied too much on repeated routines. This series gets rid of that repetition and aims to give quality and longer-length routines in each episode to give the outstanding series a sign of progression.
There are also less errors. Having watched Derren many times, reading him like a little demented psychic, it has emerged when he makes mistakes and he is deliberately making mistakes to affect the attitude the participant(s). It is much to his credit that he doesn't, like many similar performers, edit his show (which he easily could) to cover these up. I still have the utmost respect for him broadcasting the casino special which didn't work in his favour.
Whilst I felt that the first series had strong and weak routines, this series is much more consistent in its excellence. Every routine in this series is very strong. The 'in-between' routines which fill in the gaps between the big attractions and celebrity appearances have much more variety. He also dispenses with the telephone hypnosis which book-ended each episode of the first series. This became an annoyance for me after a while, especially watching them back to back on DVD.
Highlights in this series are; Jonathan/Jane Ross card trick, staring competition, Zombie game (on par with his specials), the mind reading booth (always tickles me), word choice, mo mowlam newspaper article and the word counting.
Excellent stuff, you must buy this.