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The Beeb Embraces VR for Reality Show

by Beth Divine 11 Oct 2018

Property shows, cooking shows and wannabe-celeb fame-seeking shows – these are the three most common types of reality show, and the BBC is not one to ignore the needs of its base. They have commissioned a property show in which virtual reality will be used extensively to allow the participants to virtually step into each home that is featured, being able to fully redecorate it and move the furniture around without worrying about the time, effort and costs involved – it can all be done with the click of a mouse or the wave of a hand in virtual reality – and then undone just as easily!

The show’s premise is still mostly under wraps, with just a few teasers being allowed into the public domain, but it seems that the show will comprise of couples who, having chosen a home, or narrowed their choices down to two or three, then do not agree on how to decorate or renovate the house. A team of architects are signed up to the show, and they will work with both parties to find out their dream home.

Once the house design is complete, the couples will come into the home – presumably now wearing headsets – and ‘see’ their preferred décor and that of their partner. It will be easy enough for the broadcaster to make sure that the viewing public can see both the imaginary décor and the home as it actually is.

One assumes that both of the partners will get to thoroughly explore their partner’s choices as well as their own, in the hope that they can come to an amicable compromise once they have seen both options laid out as though for real. Perhaps one partner will not have realised how much space their dream sofa will take up, or the other will find that they prefer their partner’s décor after all, now that they see it ‘in the flesh’ so to speak.

Whichever way they decide to go, the couple picks out their choices and then set about making it into a reality. After this the BBC Two team will return to the home, admiring and enjoying the reveal of the home as it now looks in real life.

Now this might seem to be a little bit vanilla, a little bit ordinary, but it is a great way to get virtual reality into the sphere of middle-aged and older viewers, those who tend not to try new things until they have been proven, and who will probably never engage with VR unless it is offered to them in a user-friendly, familiar environment. Such as in the guise of a property show the likes of which they already watch and enjoy.