Australia to get its own slow TV after Norway makes the format popular

Australia will be getting its own version of slow TV in January next year, taking a format that was popularised by the Norwegians.

Slow television is a genre of television that involves television coverage of an ordinary event in its complete length. It was popularised in the 2000s by the Norwegian Broadcasting Corporation (NRK) with the broadcast of the seven-hour train journey from Bergen to Oslo.

Many forms of slow television have taken place since, including the famous Hurtigruten cruise, the famous Flåm Railway, and reindeer migration (you can view the full list here).

The Australian version will focus on the iconic Ghan railway, which takes passengers from Adelaide to Darwin. The slow television will be broadcast on SBS in January 2018 and will run for three hours with no commercials or interruptions.

The Ghan explores the foundations of modern multicultural Australia. It reveals how the construction of the transcontinental ‘Ghan line’, the subsequent development of Central Australia and the growth of Darwin, Alice Springs and Port Augusta are thanks to the contributions of Aboriginal Australians and early immigrants, including the Afghan cameleers who the train is named after.

Learn more here

Got seven hours to kill? Watch the Bergen to Oslo railway below:


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Emma Vestrheim

Emma Vestrheim is the editor-in-chief of Cinema Scandinavia. Originally from Australia, she is now based in Bergen, Norway, and attends major Nordic film festivals to conduct interviews and review new films.