Tuesday, January 28, 2020

"Norway's Slow TV to feature Svalbard round the clock for nine days"

Sounds good but I don't see how anything can top National Knitting Night.*
Jus' sayin'
From the Barents Observer:

Fascinating viewers for hours and days, the Norwegian slow TV concept takes it to the ultimate with the longest ever program starting on January 31st.
«Svalbard minute by minute» was recorded last August and can be viewed on the national broadcaster’s NRK2 channel from January 31 at 18.00 to midnight on February 9.

NRK launched the idea of slow TV on the 100th anniversary of Bergensbanen, the railway from Oslo to Bergen in 2009. With cameras in front, inside, on the sides and along the route, the entire 7 hours 16 minutes journey became a big hit with 1,2 million Norwegians tuned in to the show (Norway has a population of 5 million).

The success was followed up by the Flåmsbana (Flåm railway) minute by minute in 2010 and the big hit «Hurtigruten minute by minute» in 2011 on board a cruise vessel sailing all along the coast from Bergen to Kirkenes, a voyage and TV show lasting almost seven days.

In 2012, Nordlandbanen, the railway between Trondheim and Bodø across the Arctic Circle was recorded for 9 hours and 50 minutes and was followed by 1,2 million viewers.

The 2017 production followed a herder family with almost 1500 reindeers on a 100 kilometer migration route from the inland to the coast in the northermost region of the country....MORE
We looked at slow TV in 2018 when I mistook a drama based on the Norwegian oil industry for a musical:
....If that sets your heart racing a bit too fast there's always Norway's gift to the entertainment world: Slow TV.
Beginning with the groundbreaking train trip from Bergen to Oslo—put cameras on train, film passing scenery for seven hours—a quarter of the country tuned in (and now on Netflix), to thirteen hours of knitting to an epic 134-hour-long cruise voyage, Slow TV is the perfect antidote to the hurly-burly of Stavanger and the North Sea Oil biz.

Oh, and if you don't subscribe to Netflix here's the train trip via YouTube (running time 7:14:14)
Bergensbanen minutt for minutt

Additionally, "National Knitting Night":
was followed by the sequels
  • National Knitting Evening
  • National Knitting Morning
because, as Rune Moklebust, one of the the producers said:
"Well, it has to be unique -- not a copy of the last one,"
"So we have to push the boundaries for each show, I think."
We'll be back with 18 hours of salmon swimming upstream if I can find it.
(not quite as soothing, you start rooting for the salmon and, well it can get intense)