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'Blue Peter' to present 360 degree show

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Blue Peter has announced plans to become the first mainstream TV programme in the UK to present a show online in 360 degrees later this month.

On March 29, viewers will be able to watch the children's factual programme in 360 degrees on the Blue Peter website, enabling them to fully rotate the view to watch whatever they want.

The Blue Peter team want to give viewers the opportunity to see how a working television studio operates, including what goes on behind the cameras. There will also be an online game available involving tracking down particular crew members.

Next Tuesday's Blue Peter, presented by Andy Akinwolere, Barney Harwood and Helen Skelton, will also feature a world speed-skipping record attempt and a performance by extreme skipping troupe Circolombia.

Tim Levell, the editor of Blue Peter, said: "Children are now very familiar with 3D, so we're going to give them a whole new technology experience: television in 360 degrees.

"They'll get to see every nook and cranny of our famous studio. If only the technology had been around when Lulu the elephant appeared on the show in 1969!"

The 360 degree filming is being handled by YellowBird, which will shoot the programme with a dedicated unit housing six cameras, five looking outwards in the horizontal plane and one looking upwards. The company will then use specialist technology to stitch the different images together to create the 360 degree view.

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