You’d be forgiven that Blue Peter, officially the world’s longest running children’s television series at over 50 years and counting, might be in for a little rest when it comes to innovative techniques, but not a bit of it.
Proving that the programme is as cutting edge as it gets, next Tuesday (29th March) brings a special live 360 degree webcast of the show.
Viewers watching via the Blue Peter web site can control which view of the studio they see, thanks to YellowBird’s special six-camera unit. Five cameras film in different horizontal directions while a sixth camera looks upward. Software then stitches these images together to create the 360 degree view.
Tim Levell, editor of Blue Peter, says: “Children are now very familiar with 3D, so we’re going to give them a whole new technology experence: 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!”
Blue Peter is currently presented by Andy Akinwolere, Barney Harwood and Helen Skelton.