by Rachel Oakley in New Film on Monday 16 December 2013

We’re used to action packed TV shows, where editing takes care of the sometimes boring and nonessential parts of a program. But in Norway it’s another story. Enter Slow TV, a phenomenon that’s catching on and gaining huge popularity in the country. So, what is Slow TV? It’s just how you might imagine it.

It could be a televised seven-hour train journey between Bergen and Oslo, an 8.5-hour televised national knitting night, or even hours upon hours of wood burning on the screen. These TV shows are broadcast by the state channel NRK, the same TV station that broadcast every. single. minute. of the chess championship between Carlsen and Anand.

The popularity of Slow TV might lie from the country’s ‘fascination with slow-moving winter sports,’ such as skiing or ice-skating that can be broadcast for up to nine hours on the weekends.