Sony PSP gears up for first interactive drama launch

Sony’s PlayStation Portable (PSP) is broadcasting the first viewer-led interactive drama series this Friday, before it is aired on television networks.

Called Dubplate Drama, it will run over a six-week period on PSP, Channel 4, E4 and MTV. All episodes will have their world premier via the PSP, while the TV version will premier on Channel 4, followed by MTV and E4.

Dubplate Drama is an urban music drama that tells the story of a young female MC’s life and her bid to make it in the music industry.

The series will be shot in the style of a music video, with each 15-minute episode ending on a moral cliff-hanger. Viewers can then vote by text message to determine the outcome of the next episode.

Written and directed by filmmaker Luke Hyams and produced by Louis Figgis, each episode features a number of music cameos, including MC Shystie, who plays the main character; Miss Dynamite; Rodney P; Kelly Le Roc; and So Solid Crew. Acting stars include Abdul Salas and Ricci Harnett.

From midnight on Friday November 11, Dubplate Drama will be available to download exclusively from for PSP owners. It will then be aired on Channel 4 on November 12 at midnight, MTV from November 13 and then E4 the following week.

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