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BBC Radio 4 ventures into virtual reality radio

25 April 2017
BBC Radio 4 ventures into virtual reality radio

BBC Radio 4 will broadcast its first virtual reality drama next month.

Quake is made up of 12 short-form audio dramas, each available online only and accompanied by a graphic-novel style animation, alongside an immersive, 360-degree, 3D film of the first episode in the series, Trapped Man.

Viewers will be able to watch the film set in a collapsed building on VR headsets as well as YouTube and the Radio 4 website. The audio will also be available as a separate podcast.

The virtual reality film is made by BAFTA Award-winning video production company BDH Immersive. Each of the subsequent episodes feature an accompanying animation made by Eight Engines.

Rhian Roberts, digital editor at Radio 4, said: “Quake is designed as something that can fit into whatever space you have available in the day, choosing episodes to suit or listening to the whole thing as a podcast. It’s an exciting innovation in how we offer Radio 4 drama to both new and existing audiences.

“The slow-paced visuals offer an extra dimension to each episode, but it’s always the audio drama that leads the way.”

Quake will be available as a boxset from 15th May.

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