Slow TV

An experiment eight years when Norway's public broadcaster, NRK2, aired seven hours uninterrupted of the view from a train as it traveled from the city of Bergen to the capital, Oslo, was a success, with more than one-quarter of Norwegians tuning in at some point, and what's called "Slow TV" has since become a big hit in the Scandinavian nation. 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 Slow TV specials that have aired over the past few years include:

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

 

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