Wednesday, 19 October 2016

Game of Thrones Slow TV?

Could 10 hours of Tyrion slapping Joffrey be Slow TV? A little exploration around Game of Thrones Slow TV concepts...

Is Slow TV the Prog Rock of TV Genres?

Ever heard an album or track title something like "The Pigeon on the aerial during the Dawn of Fire"? Chances are it was from a Prog Rock concept album. Progressive Rock is one of three genres of music which sits very well with Slow TV, there are many shared characteristics. In this little clip from my Radio Show I cover a few ways in which they are similar.

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Tuesday, 18 October 2016

Slow Road Live - postponed US Slow TV Project?

Some thoughts on the currently postponed (hopefully not cancelled) US Slow TV project from LMNO Productions, scheduled to be aired on the Travel Channel last Black Friday; grabbed from the Facebook Live stream on my radio show.

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Slow Down Radio Show - 22nd September 2016

Tune in at 8pm UK time on Thursday via the TuneIn app or via For the 20th October show it will be an Ambient Music themed show

Covered in this 22nd September show:
- Could 10 hours of Tyrion slapping Joffrey be Slow TV?
- A themed musical tour through Slow TV

Full playlist below:

Monday, 3 October 2016

What might Gandalf say about Slow TV?

Struggling to understand why Slow TV can take so long? Imbibe a little wisdom from Gandalf on the matter...

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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:

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

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

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

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

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.


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.

New to The Slow TV Blog? Have a look around...

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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.

New to The Slow TV Blog? Have a look around...

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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... 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.

New to The Slow TV Blog? Have a look around...

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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.