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BBC VR doc explores the Nile

Damming the Nile explores the politics associated with the river

The BBC is launching a two-part virtual reality news documentary series exploring the politics of the river Nile.

Damming The Nile, which is being produced by the UK pubcaster’s in-house VR Hub, is available through a new BBC VR app on the Oculus Gear VR store and via services such as Google Cardbord.

Viewers will also be able to watch the show via the BBC’s dedicated VR section on its website.

The show will transport viewers down the famous river, taking in its sights but also exploring how a dam threatens to upset the balance of power between neighbours and rivals Egypt, Ethiopia and Sudan.

Zillah Watson, head of BBC VR Hub, says: “We want to create high-quality mobile VR pieces that give audiences experiences they can’t find anywhere else. Damming the Nile VR does this by making you feel like you’re there, unearthing the story as you go, and getting a better understanding of the different cultures and points of view at play.”

The BBC’s new VR Hub on the Oculus Gear VR store will also offer access to shows such as VR fairytale The Turning Forest, Irish historical series Easter Rising: Voice of a Rebel and Himalayas: A Trek To School.

The latter follows two sisters from a remote Himalayan village as they travel up to six hours each day to reach their school in a nearby town.

In related news, BBC1 has ordered gameshow !mpossible Celebrities, based on the Mighty Productions’ daytime quizzer !mpossible.

The series will be in production alongside other Mighty Productions including !mpossible’s season four for BBC1 daytime and the second run of Curious Creatures for BBC2.

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