Have you ever had seven hours to kill with nothing to do? Well, now you’re in luck!
The ever-popular Norwegian slow TV is now available on Netflix. But what is slow-tv? Well, it is quite literally live-streaming of really mundane events on Norwegian television in real time. Its name is derived both from the long endurance of the broadcast as well as from the natural slow pace of the television program’s progress. It was popularised in the 2000s by the Norwegian Broadcasting Corporation, beginning with the broadcast of a 7-hour train journey in 2009.
The first slow TV that ever was was the Bergensbanen – or the Bergen to Oslo railway. It aired on NRK in November 2009 and had 1.2 million viewers, or 20% of the population. It received attention in both Norwegian and foreign media, and since then they have done dozens of slow TV’s.
Here are the ones available on Netflix USA:
- Slow TV: National Firewood Evening On February 15, 2013, NRK broadcast the 12-hour-long broadcast National Wood Night on the topic of firewood. Nearly a million people, or 20 percent of the population, tuned in at some point to the program. The broadcast was inspired by the best-selling book by Lars Mytting, “Solid Wood: All About Chopping, Drying and Stacking Wood — and the Soul of Wood-Burning”. The show consisted of four hours of ordinary produced television, followed by showing eight hours of a live fireplace. The show received international attention, with an article about the broadcast published in the New York Times, and in a section of The Colbert Report.
- Slow TV: National Firewood Morning
- Slow TV: National Firewood Night
- Slow TV: National Knitting Evening On November 1, 2013, NRK aired National Knitting Night a “12 hours of non-stop knitting” which an attempt to break the Guinness World record for knitting a sweater from beginning to end which an NRK spokesperson described as “the feminine response to the firewood show.”
- Slow TV: National Knitting Morning
- Slow TV: National Knitting Night
- Slow TV: Northern Passage
- Slow TV: Northern Railway: Nordlandsbanen minute by minute – season by season – train journey north of the Arctic Circle was a journey with Nordlandsbanen from Trondheim to Bodø. Sending on NRK2 in 9 hours and 50 minutes from 16:00 on 29 December. Around 1.2 million visited the broadcast. Market share of 13 percent
- Slow TV: Salmon Fishing Salmon river – minute by minute was a 24-hours live broadcast on NRK1 and NRK2 from Gaula in Sør-Trøndelag. This took place on the opening day of lake fishing season, Thursday 31 May to Friday 1 June. 40 minute warmup on NRK1, followed by 18 hours of salmon fishing to the minute on NRK2, so three hour regular broadcast on NRK1. Around 1.6 million visited the broadcast. 10 percent market share.
- Slow TV: The Telemark Canal: Telemarkskanalen minute by minute – channel boat trip was a 12-hours cruise along the canal on Sunday 26 August at 09.50 that was broadcast live on NRK2. 1,300,000 Norwegians saw the broadcast. Market share of 29 percent
- Slow TV: Train Ride Bergen to Oslo
Want to watch the Bergen to Oslo train and don’t have Netflix? Luckily for you, it’s on YouTube!