The BBC has been quietly experimenting with virtual reality (VR) technology in various ways for a while now, mostly with its online content, offering up a small range of special 360-degree videos. The broadcaster are now taking it a step further by introducing the technology into an upcoming TV show.
A new property design show called Watch This Space will be broadcast on BBC Two, produced by Endemol Shine’s Remarkable Television. The eight-part series will use VR technology to help couple redesign their homes.
The show will be hosted by Angela Scanlon, who recently became recognisable for her work hosting the Robot Wars revival. The format of the programme will involve two couples who are disagreeing about the best designs for their home. Those couples will work with architects Laura Clark and Robert Jamison.
The two architects will product two competing briefs, which will include a VR recreation of what the completed design will look like, allowing the homeowners to step inside the redesigned property. The plan is to use photo-realistic effects to completely showcase how the property will look under each brief. The couples then need to pick which design they prefer.
Scanlon said, “Watch This Space will ingeniously use virtual reality, so couples can try out new designs without lifting a rusty hammer or spending a single penny. I’ve lost weeks of my life trawling property websites and lingering too long outside the shiny windows of estate agents, so I am absolutely delighted to be involved in this ground-breaking series and to see technology being used in this way for the first time on a British property show. It’s all about improving rather than moving right now and helping homeowners create their dream homes is just magic.”
The BBC have yet to confirm when the series will be broadcast, but VRFocus will be sure you keep you updated on this show and other new uses for VR technology.