Norway’s ‘Slow TV’ Movement, Real Time Knitting and All

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As a follow-up to their hit 134-hour broadcast of a ship traveling up the Norwegian coast in real time, the pioneers of the ‘slow TV’ movement have decided to focus on a knitting show.

While many television shows focus on providing instant gratification to its viewers, Norwegian media is taking the opposite approach.

As a follow-up to their hit 134-hour broadcast of a ship traveling up the Norwegian coast in real time, the pioneers of the ‘slow TV’ movement have decided to focus on a knitting show.

It’s knitting, as it happens and chronicles the entire process.

Unlike previous broadcasts like fire burning and salmon fishing, the knitting program has some ticking-clock driven drama.

The participants are trying to break a world record for completing the full creation of a garment including shearing the sheep and spinning the wool.

Not that ‘slow TV’ needs the added narrative to pull in local audiences.

Since the concept launched in 2009 with the broadcast of a 7-hour train trip from Bergen to Oslo, it’s been catching on.

Some of the programs have pulled in as many 3 million viewers, which is particularly impressive considering Norway’s population is around 5 million.

One viewer speculated on the reason behind their success saying, “They allow you to go far deeper, to enjoy more details.”

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