Wednesday, 21 September 2016

Why did Norway do so badly in Eurovision 2016?


One for the Melodi Grand Prix in Norway, perhaps (Norway's Eurovision song selection body)! Why did Norway do so badly in the Eurovision Song Contest in 2016? Clues from Slow TV? These are clips from the Facebook Live file from my Slow TV themed show on RedShift Radio, Slow Down, Thursdays 8pm in the UK. Tracks referred to:


Let It Swing - Bobbysocks
Nocturne - Secret Garden
Icebreaker - Agnete
​Stardust - Jean Michel Jarre and Armin van Buuren


See also The Eurovision Song Contest - a song for Slow TV?

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Monday, 19 September 2016

Slow Down Radio Show - 15th September 2016

You can listen to last week's Slow Down on RedShift Radio right here, embedded from MixCloud. 

 Tune in at 8pm UK time on Thursday via the TuneIn app or via www.redshiftradio.co.uk.

Covered in this 15th September show:
- Why did Norway bomb out of the Eurovision Song Contest this Year?
- The Sunday morning sounds of a Cotswolds village
- A themed musical tour through Norwegian Slow TV

Coming up on 22nd September Show:

- A Slow TV musical world tour through history, space and consciousness!
- Game of Thrones Slow TV? Would  10 hours of Tyrion slapping Joffrey count as Slow TV?

Playlist for 15th September Show:
  1. Tim Prevett - Show Opener
  2. A-ha - The Sun Always Shines on TV
  3. Tim Prevett - What did Norway Get so Wrong with this Year's Eurovision?
  4. Bobbysocks - Let it Swing
  5. Secret Garden - Nocturne
  6. Agnete - Icebreaker
  7. Jean Michel Jarre and Armin van Buuren - Stardust
  8. Tim Prevett - Bergensbanen
  9. Kraftwerk - Trans Europe Express
  10. Sky - El Cielo
  11. Dead Can Dance - The Host of Seraphim
  12. Tim Prevett - Frocester Window
  13. Mediaeval Baebes - Undrentide
  14. Tim Prevett - Hurtigruten
  15. Gerry and the Pacemakers - Ferry cross the Mersey
  16. Tim Prevett - 24 Hours of Salmon Fishing
  17. Brad Paisley - I'm Gonna Miss Her
  18. Tim Prevett - Telemark Canal
  19. The Levellers - The Boatman
  20. Tim Prevett - Nordlandsbanen in Four Seasons
  21. Antonio Vivaldi - The Four Seasons
  22. Tim Prevett - National Firewood Night
  23. The Beatles - Norwegian Wood
  24. ​The Trammps - Disco Inferno
  25. Tim Prevett - National Knitting Night
  26. Nana Mouskouri - Spinning Wheel
  27. Tim Prevett - 200 Years in 200 Minutes
  28. Shakespeare's Sister - You're History
  29. Tim Prevett - Salmeboka
  30. New Seekers - I'd Like to teach the World​ to Sing
  31. Tim Prevett - Skibladner
  32. Blondie - The Tide is High
  33. Tim Prevett - Next Week
  34. ELO - Mr Blue Sky
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Monday, 12 September 2016

Slow Down Radio Show - 8th September 2016

You can listen to last week's Slow Down on RedShift Radio right here, embedded from MixCloud. 

Tune in at 8pm UK time on Thursday via the TuneIn app or via www.redshiftradio.co.uk.

Coming up on 15th September Show:
- Why did Norway bomb out of the Eurovision Song Contest this Year?
- The Sunday morning sounds of a Cotswolds village
- A themed musical tour through Norwegian Slow TV
- and more!


Playlist for September 8th Show:
  • More talk hour
  1. Tim Prevett - Show Intro
  2. Mike Oldfield - Moonshine
  3. Tim Prevett - Unpacking Slow TV and Slowness
  4. Brent Spiner - It's a Sin to Tell a Lie
  5. Tangerine Dream - Charly the Kid
  6. Tim Prevett - Different Levels of Slow TV
  7. Alan Silvestri - Beowulf
  8. Tim Prevett - Where Can I watch Slow TV now? (links below)
  9. Frankie Goes to Hollywood - Welcome to the Pleasuredome
  10. Kate Bush - Aerial Tal
  11. Introducing The Wetland Project
  12. The Wetland Project - Evening Frog Chorus
  13. The Wetland Project - Morning Birdsong
  14. Tim Prevett - Oysters Coppice Original Sound Recording
  • More music hour
  1. Murray Head - One Night in Bangkok
  2. Renaissance - Northern Lights
  3. Brad Paisley - Time Well Wasted
  4. Bob Douwe - Slow Down
  5. Clannad - Robin (The Hooded Man)
  6. Kari Bremnes - Hurtigrute
  7. Tim Prevett - Quote of the Week
  8. Olafur Arnalds Arnor Dan  - So Far
  9. Kate Bush - Wuthering Heights
  10. Justin Hayward - Forever Autumn (N Trance Remix)
  11. Madonna - Masterpiece
  12. The Beloved  - Sweet Harmony
  13. Tim Prevett - Coming up Next Week
  14. Abba - Arrival
LINKS for Slow TV broadcasts mentioned

Web Based Live Slow TV Broadcasts from a national Broadcaster
Cow and barn watching from NRK, Norway 

Web Based Live Slow TV Broadcasts
Many channels from the Czech Republic
Birdwatching from Norway

Web Based Prerecorded Slow TV Broadcasts
From Barcelona 

Web Based Prerecorded Slow Broadcasts from a National Broadcaster
Route One from Iceland

From the United Kingdom (Country Bus broadcast)
(available for another 3 weeks in the UK)

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Wednesday, 7 September 2016

Show me Slow TV

Like a good ale is best enjoyed chilled and a cup of tea most effective when it's hot, live Slow TV gets dynamics which prerecorded or live shows recorded do not get. 

However, to get a good feel of what Slow TV is like, here are some links to recordings. Some are highlights, tasters, pre-ambles.


If you think there are notable omissions from this list, get in touch!


Slow TV shows planned / in production are in deep red.


Title (link if available) - (Broadcaster, Country, year first broadcast)  - Type of Slow TV
  • 200 years in 200 minutes (NRK, Norway, 2014) - Lecture
  • 1814 in 24 Hours (NRK, Norway, 2014) - Lectures
  • All Aboard! The Canal Trip (BBC, UK, 2015) - Boat journey
  • All Aboard! The Country Bus (BBC, UK, 2016) - Bus journey
  • All Aboard! The Sleigh Ride (BBC, UK, 2015) - Sleigh ride by Reindeer
  • Beint frá burði (RÚV, Iceland, 2015) - Live lambing
  • Bergensbanen (NRK, Norway, 2009) - Train journey
  • Bybanen i Bergen (NRK, Norway, 2010) - Light rail journey
  • Dawn Chorus (BBC, UK, 2015) - Nature, birdsong, twilight and sunrise
  • Handmade - Glass (BBC, UK, 2015) - Craft activity
  • Handmade - Metal (BBC, UK, 2015) - Craft activity
  • Handmade - Wood (BBC, UK, 2015) - Craft activity
  • Hele Norge Bygger (NRK, Norway, 2016) - Live construction on Minecraft
  • Fjos (NRK, Norway, 2016) - Cows in a Barn
  • Flåmsbana (NRK, Norway, 2010) - Train journey
  • Fly Med Oss (TV2, Norway, 2014) - Helicopter journeys
  • Holmenkollbanen (NRK, Norway, 2011) - Train journey
  • Hurtigruten (NRK, Norway,2011) - Boat journey
  • JuhannusJuna (YLE, Finland, 2012) - Train journey
  • MORA - Cellobauerin (ARD Alpha, Germany, 2015) - Cello Making
  • MORA - Eisbildhauer (ARD Alpha, Germany, 2016) - Ice Sculpting
  • MORA - Mosaiklegerin (ARD Alpha, Germany, 2016) - Mosaic Making
  • MORA - Schmuckdesigner (ARD Alpha, Germany, 2016) - Jewelry Making
  • MORA - Synchronschwimmerinnen (ARD Alpha, Germany, 2016) - Swimming
  • MORA - Trockenmaurer (ARD Alpha, Germany, 2015) - Dry Stone Walling
  • MORA - Uhrmacher (ARD Alpha, Germany, 2015) - Watch Making
  • MORA - Zeichner (ARD Alpha, Germany, 2016) - Pencil Drawing
  • Lakseelva (NRK, Norway, 2011) - Salmon Fishing
  • Nasjonal Strikkekveld (NRK, Norway, 2013) - Knitting
  • Nasjonal Vedkveld (NRK, Norway, 2013) - Fire and Wood
  • National Gallery (BBC, UK, 2015) - Gallery Tour
  • Nordlandsbanen (NRK, Norway, 2012) - Train journey
  • Piip Show (NRK, Norway, 2014) - Bird / Nature Watching
  • Reindeer (NRK, Norway, 2017) - Reindeer Migration
  • Route One (RÚV, Iceland, 2016) - Road Trip and Music of Sigur Rós
  • Salmeboka (NRK, Norway, 2014) - Singing of Hymns
  • Saltstraumen (NRK, Norway, 2016) - Tidal Surging
  • Saunailta (YLE, Finland, 2014) - Sauna themed night
  • Severin (NRK, Norway, 2015) - Rural Life
  • Skibladner - (NRK, Norway, 2016) - Paddle Steamer Journey
  • Slow Road Live (Travel Channel, USA, 2016?) - Caravan Road Trip
  • Sommeråpent (NRK, Norway, 2013) - Boat journey
  • Sommeråpent (NRK, Norway, 2015) - Boat journey
  • Telemarkskanalen (NRK, Norway, 2012) - Boat journey
  • Tokyo Reverse (France 4, 2014) - A backwards walk through Tokyo
  • Trollveggen (NRK, Norway, 2016+ ) - Rock Climbing
  • War and Peace - Война и мир (Russia 1 - Internet, 2015) - Marathon book read
There are dedicated Slow TV Channels in Russia and Commonwealth of Independent States from Slow TV Media on the Orion Express Satellite Media Platform.

Netflix, as of August 2016, have many of the original NRK Norwegian broadcasts available.

Updated 7th September 2016

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Monday, 5 September 2016

The Slow TV Blog using Facebook Live

I'll be using Facebook Live as a trial to add to the interactivity of The Slow TV Blog - so feel free to be a follower on Facebook. If you're not familiar with Facebook Followers, it allows you to see what is put publicly without having to be a 'friend' (and I like my 'friends list' on Facebook to be meaningful and manageable!). So, to follow on Facebook, click the link below.

News of a live, chilled chat will be posted on The Slow TV Blog very soon.

I'll also be using Facebook Live during the Slow Down radio show on RedShift Radio, starting this Thursday evening at 20:00 BST.


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Sunday, 28 August 2016

Slow TV down on the Farm with NRK Fjos

DC the Cow getting excited as Slow TV
gives its totemic animal a dedicated platform


NRK in Norway is back with another Slow TV on Monday 29th August with #NRKFjos. It's not so much a Slow TV field day, but more of a barn day. Not even a day, but twelve days.

Starting at 10:00 Norwegian time on the last Monday of August, the transmission from four cameras in a barn (Fjos in Norwegian) in southern Norway will relay every bit of bovine action up to and including Friday 9th September with the four cameras able to be selected over the entire period.

The broadcast will be available to watch online at nrk.no/fjos

If Slow TV had an animal of power, a totemic creature to represent its essence it would be the cow - so it'll be interesting to see what fun and games the cows may bring our way, as well as becoming a bit more educated about the life of a dairy farm.


via GIPHY

I'm hoping to bring a more on NRKFjos on the blog over the second half of the broadcast period.

Starting on September 8th - Slow Down - a dedicated Slow TV and Slow Radio show. More information HERE.

Also broadcast on Monday 29th August - BBC4 in the UK at 20:00 BST with The Country Bus.

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Slow Down - a Slow TV and Slow Radio show - on the Radio!

The Slow TV Blogger on RedShift Radio
The Slow TV Blog will be going live on the radio from 8th September with a brand new dedicated slow show, thanks to RedShift Radio in Nantwich, Cheshire!

Thursdays 8pm to 10pm (UK) will be the time for lovers of Slow TV, Slow Radio and just going slow.

The first hour will explore Slow TV and Slow Radio news and reviews, plus analysis and interviews, dedicated features and of course relevant music.

The second hour will be to do what has been talked about: Slow Down! Carefully curated playlists and relevant requests will give that late evening wind-down vibe.

You'll be able to listen anywhere via the RedShift Radio website, there's a dedicated app for smartphone users, interaction via their Twitter and Facebook pages, and shows already broadcast will be available from RedShift Radio's MixCloud page (and embedded here on The Slow TV Blog).

If you're involved in making Slow TV or Slow Radio of any sort, do get in touch - I'll likely be getting around to contacting you in the next few weeks as I begin arranging interviews!

New season, opportunity to get on with all the things the summer has stopped you from doing and a new radio show. Tune in to Slow Down on RedShift Radio from 8th September.

Also keep Saturday 10th September 6:45pm pencilled in... I'll be introducing regular live webchats and video broadcasts. Subject to satisfactory tests, I intend starting these on September 10th.

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Thursday, 25 August 2016

Talking about Slow TV on Health and Healing Radio Show

My RedShift Radio colleague, Chrisoula Sirigou, invited me on to her Health and Healing show in July. I've now been able to pop the show online for listeners to dip into wherever and whenever they like...


Show playlist:

Tim Prevett - Show Introduction
Renaissance - Northern Lights
Tim Prevett - A little more about Slow TV
Karri Bremnes - Hurtigruta
Chrisoula Sirigou and Tim Prevett- What is Slow TV?
Frederick Rousseau - Serenite
Chrisioula Sirigou and Tim Prevett - Why is Slow TV important?
Tim Prevett sound recording - Cotswold Country Window at Frocester
Neil Diamond - Beautiful Noise
Chrisoula Sirigou and Tim Prevett - Further thoughts on Slow TV
Peter Gabriel - Digging in the Dirt

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Monday, 22 August 2016

All Aboard! The Country Bus on August 29th

Update to original post: All Aboard! The Country Bus arrives on BBC4 on Monday 29th August, 8-10pm British Summer Time (Bank Holiday for England, Wales and Northern Ireland). Trainspotting Live aired in July. Also starting on 29th August from 9am BST - 12 days of cows in a barn in Norway with NRK Fjos. More here.

The next lot of UK Slow TV happens in a right grand county
We've had a canal trip, an amble around the National Gallery, peeps at craft making, three glorious dawn choruses and a reindeer trip into the snowy wilderness of northern Norway. Have we had enough of Slow TV in the UK? Thankfully, no. The BBC have commissioned another two bouts of Slow TV, both transport oriented but different in presentation.

The first will be a pre-recorded bus journey from Richmond, Yorkshire to Ingleton. Unlike the reindeer journey which picked us up somewhere in the wilderness and left us not entirely sure where we were - in order to fit the constraints of a TV schedule, or The Canal Trip which was a few miles of the segment of the Kennet and Avon canal which is 87 miles long, All Aboard! The Country Bus has a sense of completion to it in that it takes in the broadest part of The Yorkshire Dales by road.

All Aboard! The Country Bus at The Market Place, Richmond
This sense of completion is important. Slow TV is another way of telling a story on TV. Would you watch a couple episodes of Game of Thrones to consider you've seen the story of the season? Does following the progress of The Fellowship of the Ring from Rivendell to Lothlorien give a sense of completed journey of The Lord of The Rings? Obviously, no. In the same vein it is my contention that much of what is getting made of Slow TV is not getting the story-telling framing of the format right. It needs to be the whole story.

So, this bus journey looks promising. Leaving The Market Place at Richmond and ending up at Ingleton Community Centre a couple hours later, The Northern Dalesman route takes in some breathtaking natural landscapes and a wonder of Victorian engineering, the Ribblehead Viaduct.

The Ribblehead Viaduct
on the route of The Country Bus Slow TV
One assumes there will be an element of surprise as to who gets on the bus. Depending on the time of day or week will there be hikers looking to rest their feet? Will the bus get stuck behind bicycles on the country lanes? Could we even get "the nutter on the bus" of Jasper Carrot's comedic eulogising? Part of the joy of Slow TV is the unfolding unexpectedness of what might happen. Not that someone getting off the bus has quite the same shock as an important character's elimination in Game of Thrones... but hopefully you get what I mean. Drama is more subtle and microcosmic in Slow TV.


As the BBC continues to build its portfolio of All Aboard! Slow TV transport shows, this is a welcome production and I'm hopeful this framing of its content shows promise of a stronger conceptualisation of telling the whole story. Like previous journey based Slow TV productions, it will be made by ITV owned The Garden Productions for BBC4.

Thacking Lane, Ingleton
It may be Slow TV but there's no need to swear about it
Now, if this were to be like buses (you wait ages for one then three come at the same time), we need another Slow TV show announcement from the BBC (or another UK broadcaster would be welcome). A second Slow TV production with trainspotting as its subject has been announced, and it's live.

This liveness is very important, too. It has that sense of 'now', that we're witnessing something unfold at the same time as we're watching it. Yes, there has to be the expectation of what trains will be coming through and when courtesy of timetables. What if there are delays? Cancellations? What type of locomotives? Which carriage numbers? Diesel - steam - electric?

Based at The Didcot Heritage Railway Centre, veteran broadcaster Peter Snow will be joined by a mathematician, Dr Hannah Fry with a rail-roving reporter, Dick Strawbridge (with probably the most amazing moustache on UK TV) over three (simultaneous?) evenings on BBC4. Friday, Saturday, Sunday, maybe? Would give a very different pattern of train timetable, different types of passenger and reasons for travelling, with more time for the dedicated trainspotter and the Slow TV curious viewer to tune in.

Trainspotting is like a box of chocolates...
...you never know what you're going to get
This extended series of live events will allow greater interaction with the show, online and maybe in person, too. Could Dick Strawbridge's appearing from different locations allow unexpected interactions? (Probably welcome and unwelcome interactions! I am continually delighted at how well behaved the uninvited interactions on the Norwegian format are - even if the last one from Saltstraumen included a group of men and women running in their underwear across a bridge). Unstaged behaviour helps populate a Slow TV production with an added element of surprise for viewer and producer - and in the case it is unsuitable, hopefully cutting to another camera would be an option.

Trainspotting Live obviously is not a journey from A to Z (or F to M), but embraces a good principle or two of Slow TV. It is a surprising thing to put on TV, a novelty - therein lies a hook to attract viewers, besides any core audience attracted to its subject. It also allows a sense of waiting and expecting something interesting to happen. Maybe it will, maybe it won't. If it doesn't, then the viewer will find interest in the picture somehow, if the producer will refrain from cutting from something quickly if they feel 'nothing' might be happening.

All Aboard! The Country Bus Slow TV goes across the broadest
part of the Yorkshire Dales National Park
Scenes need to be allowed to speak for themselves. Think of the slowness in Slow TV like an old friend. You don't need continual chat and information, just being in each others' presence is good enough.There will be moments for saying things, imparting information - when the time's right - but not some nervous chit chat in case that awkward-silence-thing happens. Slow TV is about allowing things to have their time. Not prolonging, not artificially reducing speed but having its own innate speed.

So, these two productions from the BBC should play out in the next few months. Trainspotting Live while we still have light evenings, perhaps The Country Bus as the evenings draw in as a memoir of sunny days past as Christmas twinkles on the temporal horizon and maybe another festive Slow TV offering comes from a UK broadcaster.

Early morning near Ingleton - perfect for Slow TV
Did you hear about the Russian Slow TV? Have a look at What was so right with Russia's War and Peace Slow TV?

Slow Down - a dedicated Slow TV and Slow Radio show starting on RedShift Radio from 8th September.

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Thursday, 11 August 2016

Rest in Peace, Jack Yost: A Nonagenerian who understood Slow TV

Jack aged 30, in 1954
On July 29th, my father-in-law, Jack Yost, passed away. It had been something we had anticipated for the whole year so far. Much of the spare time of the year had been spent travelling to be with and support my in-laws.

At 92 years old he remained strong despite a series of major illnesses over the last few years. He kept his mental acuteness and perception up to only a week or two before his death.

Always one to ask lots of questions, seeking to understand things and increase his knowledge, Jack had gained a good understanding of Slow TV from his conversations with myself. It will be an enduring memory of watching the Reindeer Slow TV on BBC4 and Jack offering his independent critique of what he was watching.

I sat many times with Jack in his last few days, taking it in shifts to watch and keep him company during the day and the night. The small changes in a larger story you get in Slow TV were parallels I'm sure Jack would have understood as I observed the small changes in his story point to their inevitable conclusion.

The sense of peace following his passing was tangible, touchable. He gave an example of living life to the full - even if not able to get around much in his last few months.

I'll miss watching more Slow TV with Jack. He asked so much about it, watched my documentary I made about Slow TV, and he was very proud to see me interviewed on BBC Breakfast earlier in the year.

His story took 92 years and a couple months to tell. The tale of his will-to-hang-on-to-life started on New Year's Eve last year, and took seven months to have its moments of stasis and moments of drama, with times of subtle changes if you knew where to look along the way. We paid our final respects yesterday, on the 10th August.

Thanks Jack - it was good to have another person who could understand and discuss Slow TV in the family.

Rest in peace.

Tuesday, 12 July 2016

On The Radio - This Thursday

I'll be on RedShift Radio between 14:00 and 15:00 BST this Thursday talking about Slow TV. I'll be a guest on Chrisoula Sirigou's show, 'Health and Healing'. Tune in anyway via 'Listen Live' on the RedShift Radio website - also see RedShift's Facebook Page and Twitter Feed.

Photo courtesy of Madgdalena at Dalegraphy

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Three Slow TV shows in this week of July

Can't get enough Slow TV? Three to choose from this week:

Birdwatching in northern Norway up to and including Thursday evening

A Paddle Steamer in southern Norway from Tuesday to Saturday inclusive

Trainspotting Live - the first episode is here to watch in the UK. Two more episodes 8pm BST Tuesday and Wednesday on BBC4. Trainspotting Live arriving on Platform BBC4, 8pm, 11th July.

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First Thoughts on Trainspotting Live

Courtesy Plum Pictures and BBC Four
From a Slow TV point of view, these are my first thoughts on BBC4's Trainspotting Live, produced by Plum Pictures.

What a marvellous celebration of the rail network and trains, from the Victorian period to now, from urban train stations to iconic lines and landscapes. BBC4's Trainspotting Live is not so much Slow TV but embracing several key principles of Slow TV.

At its heart, Slow TV is about taking your time to see what you can see if and until when something 'big' happens. It's in that waiting where the smaller details assume greater significance and then the mundane evolves into the spectacular. It's about finding the meaning in the meantime.

In terms of the images, the transmission itself is not very 'slow' in that we do not have a picture where not much is happening for a while. It is a steady flow of pictures and cuts from around the country, blended together with pre-recorded packages about rail history and enthusiasts. Even watching the Crewe built Black 5 approach the halt in Scotland, the broadcast was cut to the next piece of information before the experience of watching all of the train could pass. Slow TV is more about the experience than the information.

Yes, information unpacks and explains the experience - but the head-knowledge about something rarely replaces the experience knowledge of it. This is where English is inadequate to convey the nuances of knowledge. Think about the German verbs Wissen with Kennen, or French Savoir with Connaitre. Let's see more of the train as it passes, and hold off the producer's itch to cut to the next stimulating information feed.

27 minutes into the first episode the poet Ian McMillan, commenting on the poem 'Adelstrop' narrated by Richard Burton (what a fantastic voice that man had), he remarks about moments of stasis in a poem being a metaphor for moments of stasis in life - where you sit and wait, then somehow in that waiting, history turns and culture turns. That really is capturing some of the transformative essence of Slow TV.

However, Trainspotting Live is good TV medicine, something we need more of. It's a celebration of the everyday, a celebration of something not usually on TV. Thankfully there are another two one-hour segments of Trainspotting Live. Making special moments of the everyday. The mundane becomes the spectacle, the small things become the big things.

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The enthusiasm of the presenters and the participants in Trainspotting Live was fantastic and endearing. The passion for details and nuances, the celebration of 'nerd' ways. I used to take offence at the word 'nerd' but now I see it as something to be embraced - I too am quite a nerd for ancient sites, and yes, well, Slow TV.

Nice one Plum Pictures and BBC4. A live fest of history, heritage, rail-enthusiast excitement. Even if there's not much actual Slow TV in the production, the presence of several principles of Slow TV is a good thing in a media world where we used to having quick fire stimulation.

The first episode is here to watch in the UK. Two more episodes 8pm BST Tuesday and Wednesday on BBC4.

Trainspotting Live arriving on Platform BBC4, 8pm, 11th July.

Can't get enough Slow TV? More this week  - Birdwatching in northern Norway up to and including Thursday evening, and also a Paddle Steamer in southern Norway from Tuesday to Saturday inclusive, courtesy of NRK.

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Skibladner - Paddle Steamer Slow TV

"Skibladner" is the name of a ship and as a Slow TV show, a week on and around the historic paddle steamer on the big lake Mjøsa not that far north from Oslo Gardermoen airport.

There is minute by minute broadcast daytime from 09.30 to 14.00 local time (08:30 to 13:00 BST), and an evening show as well as on radio, from Tuesday 12th July to Saturday 16th. More details about timings and the route (which includes several stops) in Norwegian HERE (if you don't know Norwegian, in Chrome, right click and set 'translate to...' whichever language is your default language.

You can watch live HERE during the transmission.

Lots of opportunities for interaction.An active Facebook page HERE for Skibladner and another for NRK Hedmark op Oppland, and Instagram feed for NRK Hedmark op Oppland HERE.

Hashtags to watch are #Skibladner, #MinuttForMinutt (Minute by Minute), and #NRKSommer.

There's already been a choir and lots of flag waving, and lots of following boats. A wide array of high quality camera angles of the scenery, people, the boat and the journey. It continues as a celebration of everyday activities and journeys. This will be Norwegian Slow TV as we know (and love) it.

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Friday, 8 July 2016

Birdwatching with Norwegian Slow TV on Hornøya

Credit: NRK Natur on Flickr.
There's still just under a week left of "NRK Piip", an epic scale birdwatching Slow TV transmitting Tuesday to Sunday over five weeks, up to and including 14th July.
70,000 birds on Hornøya provide a drama of life, death and birth on an island at the top of mainland Norway right on the Russian border.
15 cameras, several streaming live 24/7, some trained on different species; the choice of those available online are shown HERE.
Credit: NRK Natur on Flickr.
A Flickr page with beautiful stills from the show is HERE. Screened episodes are available anywhere retrospectively HERE, without geo-blocking.
NRK also begins transmission from a Paddle Steamer - The Skibladner, Tuesday 12th to Saturday 16th July. More details HERE (post to follow)
If you can't get enough Norwegian Slow TV  Birdwatching, go along to www.zooom.no for a choice of four different bird species to follow.

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