‘Slow TV’ train trip sold to US stations

More than 110 American television networks will broadcast a condensed version of one of Norway’s hit “slow TV” programs early in the new year. US viewers will get to travel along Norway’s longest railway, crossing through towns, fjords and mountains north of the arctic circle.

Around 1.1 million viewers tuned in when Norwegian Broadcasting (NRK) showed the 10-hour, minute-by-minute journey along the Nordlandsbanen rail line after Christmas in 2012. The footage has been cut down and sold to the US as an hour-long documentary called The Northern Railway: A Journey Across the Arctic Circle.

“This is clearly exciting, and it’s really interesting to make this commitment over there,” Bjørn-Tore Hansen, the railway’s marketing chief told NRK. “We know that many Americans love beautiful nature, and we have much of that along the Nordlandsbanen.”
Last year US networks broadcast a cut-down version of the Hurtigruten ferry trip along Norway’s west coast. Producers condensed 134 hours of minute-by-minute footage to a one hour documentary.

In November, NRK sold the ‘slow TV’ format to US production company. As well as the Nordlandsbanen and Hurtigruten programs, NRK’s marathon broadcasts have featured the Bergen and Flåm railways, Telemark Canal, stacking and burning of firewood and knitting.

newsinenglish.no staff