Groundbreaking interactive and broadband support for Emmy award-winning series Waking The Dead
To complement the new series of Waking The Dead, which begins in early January on BBC One, the BBC will launch a ground-breaking interactive TV and broadband service.
Following the second part of the two-part stories viewers can, for the first time, be transported behind the scenes and into the world of the cold case unit by pressing the red button or visiting the show's website.
The Waking the Dead interactive service on digital satellite is technically ground-breaking for the BBC.
Through using zoom and visual fades, the technical and design team have created a world in which the audience is in control, offering them a unique and immersive user experience.
Viewers will be presented with the CCHQ evidence board and given the opportunity to discover more about the week's story by moving around the board and clicking on a piece of evidence they would like to investigate further.
In addition, they will be able to gain a deeper understanding about the forensic and detection methods involved in cracking a cold case, from the experts who work alongside the production team.
Colin Wratten, Producer, Waking The Dead says: "I am thrilled that the Waking The Dead audience will be able to consolidate their viewing experience with the addition of BBC Interactive's cutting edge technology.
"The groundbreaking production values of this service allow viewers to excavate the story even further by gaining compelling facts from the show's team of experts."
Although, the BBC is not currently able to support the full functionality on Freeview and digital cable, all the compelling content will still be available to all these digital viewers via the red button after each two-part story and at all times on broadband at bbc.co.uk/wakingthedead.
Andrew Whitehouse and Louise Burrluck, BBC Interactive Drama & Entertainment, say: "We're really proud of this interactive service. We've given the viewers control to choose what they want by pushing the technology further than we have before. It's an intuitive journey that fans will relish exploring."
Tara FitzGerald (Sirens, Brassed Off, The Virgin Queen) joins the cast of Waking The Dead as Eve Lockhart, the new forensic scientist, when the six-part series returns to investigate more dark, gripping tales of murder mystery.
The drama stars Trevor Eve as Boyd, head of the Met's Cold Case Unit. The team use advanced techniques in forensic science and behavioural investigative analysis to get under the skin of some tough cold cases - often taking risks to discover the truth and bring the perpetrators to justice.
In the first two-part story, Boyd and his team, Grace (Sue Johnston), Spence (Wil Johnson), Stella (Felicite du Jeu) and Eve, find themselves investigating pagan and druid rituals, stigmata, Irish travellers and bare knuckle boxing.