This is the introduction to a documentary exploring and answering the question, "Just what is Slow TV?"
Part Two is "Slow TV - The NRK Story - How did it begin?"
"I think your film deserves the widest audience possible... I think BBC Four should be screening your film, too."
Carl Honoré, Author, 'In Praise of Slow'
"Can I just say, for us in NRK it's been a real pleasure having Tim's eyes on our mainly practical view - making TV for the viewers, and Tim's research and questioning our work has been making ourselves more conscious about our work, and it's a real pleasure, so thankyou, thankyou Tim."
Thomas Hellum, one of the innovators and producers of Norwegian Slow TV, Slow Media Symposium, Bath Spa University, 26th March 2015.
Slow TV’s profile has grown since it emerged in Norway in 2009. NRK2, the second channel of the state broadcaster has been the pioneer in developing this real time marathon event broadcast format, taking surprise ratings at home and gaining global attention. Train journeys, a ferry voyage, knitting and singing a hymn book over sixty hours are some of the Slow TV subjects which NRK has shown.
“That Damned Cow”, subtitled “Just what is Norwegian Slow TV?” is a documentary which asks exactly that. It sets out NRK’s narrative through interviews with key NRK staff in Bergen and Oslo, from inception to international distribution.
It explores the relaxing experience many Slow TV viewers cite, from interviews at the Norwegian Hymn Book Slow TV event, with a Doctor of Media Psychology and with British Airways which has begun using the Bergensbanen train journey on some long haul in-flight entertainment.
“That Damned Cow” considers the future of Slow TV inside and outside of Norway. It offers ways of understanding the depth and potential of what at first seems a simple formula but evokes a spectrum of participation in real life and social media, engages national pride, heritage, community and identity.
Dr Arve Hjelseth
The Norwegian University of Science and Technology, Trondheim
Dr Espen Ytreberg
The University of Oslo
Dr Adam Galpin
The University of Salford
Choir Members, Salmeboka Minutt for Minutt
Dr Pauline Prevett
Production Assistant (Oslo and Bergen)
Principal NRK Slow TV Liaison
The University of Salford:
Store and Technical Support Staff
Petter Ingholm Gustavsen, NRK
Stein Lillebo, Hurtigruten
Liz Southall, RedShift Radio, Crewe
NRK footage and graphics used with permission, copyright NRK
British Airways images courtesy British Airways Video Library
Purple Planet Music
Bergen, Oslo and Trondheim, Norway
Osmington Mills and London, England
Betws y Coed and Dyffryn Ogwen, Wales
Original Photography by
Produced and Directed by
Slow Television - The Slow TV Blog