Saturday, 19 December 2015

Slow TV News and Reviews No. 20 - What is the future of Slow TV?

Slow TV News and Reviews No. 20 - What is the future of Slow TV?

This is the ninth part to a documentary exploring and answering the question, "Just what is Slow TV?"

This part concludes the documentary, exploring the future of Slow TV, as of March 2015.

"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.

Mark Brisbourne


British Airways
Richard D’Cruze

Andrea Jackson

Fredrik Færden
Ole Hedemann
Thomas Hellum
Rune Møklebust
Anniken Næss

Henry Gummer

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
Randi Gunhildstad
Linda Haukås

Grateful Acknowledgement
Dr Pauline Prevett
Production Assistant (Oslo and Bergen)

Principal NRK Slow TV Liaison
Thomas Hellum

The University of Salford:
Laurence Murphy
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


Principal Music
Tony Longworth

Ambient Music
Mark Sheeky

Additional Music
Purple Planet Music

Filmed in
Bergen, Oslo and Trondheim, Norway
Osmington Mills and London, England
Betws y Coed and Dyffryn Ogwen, Wales

Original Photography by
Tim Prevett

Produced and Directed by
Tim Prevett
Copyright MMXV

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