People Just Do Nothing cast ‘kidnap viewers’ in BBC’s first-ever comedy VR short

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Viewers are promised an up close and personal encounter with the Kurupt FM crew, as the cast of hit comedy series People Just Do Nothing ‘kidnap them’ in the BBC’s first-ever comedy virtual reality film.

The five-minute VR film imagines the viewer as a record company boss that has been kidnapped by the crew of pirate radio station Kurupt FM, in an attempt to try and convince the viewer to sign them to their record label. MC Grindah and DJ Beats perform one of their tunes, right in front of you, while Chabuddy G puts his arm round you and sits down next to you on the sofa.

The film has been produced by Roughcut TV and BBC VR Hub, and is the first time the BBC has tried doing comedy in VR. It will be available from Thursday 8th November on the BBC VR app, for the Oculus Go and Samsung Gear VR.

The BBC VR app can be downloaded from the Oculus Store. Says MC Grindah: “We’re already the best thing on the telly and radio, now we’re the best in virtual reality as well. 360 degrees of pure Kuruption. You lucky little people.”

Adds Zillah Watson, head of BBC VR Hub:

“This hilarious short film is a great example of how fun VR can be.  So far we’ve launched BBC VR experiences that have taken us into space, up in a bomber during the Second World War, to Russia for the World Cup, and now finally to a flat in Brentford. We’re making people laugh – which is quite hard in a VR headset – and showing that VR can work in any genre.”

The fifth and final series of People Just Do Nothing returns at 10pm, 12th November on BBC Two, and will be available to watch on BBC Three on BBC iPlayer. All the previous series are returning to BBC iPlayer on 12th November, and will be available to watch as box sets.

Chris Price