Kidnapped by Kurupt: People Just Do Nothing create BBC’s first comedy VR short
Staff Reporter | On 12, Nov 2018
Viewers are in for an up close and personal encounter with the Kurupt FM crew this week, 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 is available now on the BBC VR app, for the Oculus Go and Samsung Gear VR.
MC Grindah says: “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.”
Chabuddy G adds: “Make sure you check out this exclusive live performance from the Kuruft FM. Especially if you’re from a big music label. We’re open to offers. firstname.lastname@example.org”
Zillah Watson, head of BBC VR Hub, comments: “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 special has been created to mark the fifth and final season of People Just Do Nothing, which returns on Monday 12th November at 10pm on BBC Two, with episodes released on BBC iPlayer via BBC Three. Never seen the show? All four seasons are available to watch as box sets on BBC iPlayer until January 2019.