WHAT INSPIRES US
by Anna / in Television
Slow TV is seductive. The cinematic visuals draw you in, the soft noises sooth you – and before you know it you are hypnotised by a journey unfolding in front of you. Why is Slow TV so popular? The antipathy of ‘box-set binge watching’, Slow TV allows you to settle into a gentler pace. Nothing is expected of you. There’s rarely any narrative or plot to follow. It’s a reminder that life is lived in the moment – and that moments are beautiful and easily missed.
The Norwegians are masters of Slow TV. They have a whole channel dedicated to it. “Hurtigruten Minute by Minute” was a Norwegian Slow TV show that lasted 134 hours, 42 minutes and 45 seconds. Over three million viewers tuned in.
A slow TV programme which captured my artisanal spirit was the series ‘Handmade’ by BBC Four featuring three master craftsman – I adored the unedited insight into what it takes to be a master in your field. My favourite episode was with glass designer Michael Ruh.
In 30 minutes he made a glass jug which was deceptively simple – yet you could see the years of experience come through. This film gave a quiet, unhurried look at this skilful process from start to finish.
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