When it comes to most things, Scandinavians have got it right. Healthcare, education, the justice system, just to name a few.
So it’s no surprise that a new trend in T.V. is making waves in Norway.
It’s called ‘slow T.V.’
University of Oslo media studies professor Espen Ytreberg describes Slow TV as an escape valve from fast-paced “eye-candy” TV, telling CBS News, “When did we come to accept that television should be this accelerated, busy, intense, in-your-face-thing?”
Some of the specials that have aired in past years have been :
- National Firewood Night — Logs burning for 12 hours
- National Knitting Knit — 13 hours of a sweater being made, from shearing the sheep to the knitting
- Salmon Swimming Upstream — For 18 hours
- A cruise followed along Norway’s coast for 134 hours
- A train journey for 7 hours
And people are watching! About a quarter of all Norwegians tuned in to watch some part of that train trip.
One of the creators, Thomas Hellum admits it is boring, “Much of life itself is boring. But in-between, there are some exciting moments, and you just have to wait for them.”