You’ve heard about slow food. Now here’s slow … TV? In this very funny talk, Norwegian television producer Thomas Hellum shares how he and his team began to broadcast long, boring events, often live — and found a rapt audience. Shows include a 7-hour train journey, an 18-hour fishing expedition and a 5.5-day ferry voyage along the coast of Norway. The results are both beautiful and fascinating. Really.




  • coveragethe reporting and subsequent publishing or broadcasting of news
  • footagethe sequences of filmed material
  • broadcast – (noun) a single radio or television program; (verb) to transmit (programs) from a radio or television station
  • grip – (here) to take hold on the mind
  • buzzworda word or phrase, often sounding authoritative or technical, that is a vogue term in a particular profession, field of study, popular culture, etc.


Think about it

Answer the questions below. Pause at times indicated in brackets.

  •  What does is special about the show? (1:38)
  • What were the editors unable to get right about the show’s length? (3:03)
  • What were the TV ratings for the Bergen Railway show? (4:45)
  • How did the second show differ from the first one? What preparations were made beforehand? (7:50)
  • What was all the waving about? (11:23) :)
  • Who were the viewers of the show? (13:08)
  • Whose attention was drawn to Norwegian slow TV? (15:28)
  • Who makes the story on slow TV? How is is achieved? (17:29)


Practice makes perfect

Fill in the blank spaces with the missing words. Use ONE word per blank space.

So you have to ________ the viewers make the stories themselves, and I’ll ________ you an example of that. This is from last summer, and as a TV producer, it’s a nice picture, but now you can ________ to the next one. But this is Slow TV, so you have to keep this picture until it really starts hurting your stomach, and then you keep it a little ________ longer, and when you keep it that long, I’m sure some of you now ________ noticed the cow. Some of you have seen the flag. Some of you start wondering, is the farmer _________  home? ________ he left? Is he watching the cow? And where is that cow going? So my point is, the longer you keep a picture like this, and we kept it for 10 minutes, you start making the stories in ________ own head. That’s Slow TV.


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