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BBC launches “Damming The Nile” VR series

BBC is prepping a virtual reality news documentary series about the political tensions over the river Nile. Produced by BBC VR Hub and BBC News, Damming The Nile VR will showcase the sights ...
February 22, 2018

BBC is prepping a virtual reality news documentary series about the political tensions over the river Nile.

Produced by BBC VR Hub and BBC News, Damming The Nile VR will showcase the sights and sounds of the famous river.

The two-part series will be hosted by BBC Africa Correspondent Alastair Leithead, who will offer perspective on the growing tension in the region. A major new project, the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam, threatens to upset relations between neighburs and rivals Egypt, Ethiopia and Sudan.

Featured in the series will be interviews with locals in the cafés of Khartoum and street corners of Sudan, the richest man in Sudan, and ministers defending their countries.

Damming the Nile VR will be available to watch on bbc.co.uk/virtualreality, and is available now via the BBC VR app on the Oculus Gear VR store.

In addition to watching the series on a Samsung Gear VR, the series can be watched on YouTube with or without a VR headset. A 360-version of the films will be available to watch on the BBC News website and on Facebook. The story will air as a news documentary on BBC TV channels and will be available to read on the BBC News website.

Previously released VR titles will join Damming the Nile VR in the BBC VR app, with others coming throughout the year. Future projects include the fairy tale-focused The Turning Forest and the 1916 Easter Rising-centered, Easter Rising: Voice Of A Rebel. Himalayas: A Trek To School  follows the grueling journey of two sisters  to school every day, while Bloodhound looks at a supersonic car vying to break the world land speed record.

About The Author
Barry Walsh is editor and content director for realscreen, and has served as editor of the publication since 2009. With a career in entertainment media that spans two decades, prior to realscreen, he held the associate editor post for now defunct sister publication Boards, which focused on the advertising and commercial production industries. Before Boards, he served as editor of Canadian Music Network, a weekly music industry trade, and as music editor for HMV.com. As content director, he also oversees the development of content for the brand's market-leading events, the Realscreen Summit and Realscreen West, as well as new content initiatives.

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