A few years ago, Slow TV was all the rage, with people spending hours watching other people chop wood, take a nine hour train ride through Norway, hours of salmon fishing or even just peacefully knitting. The BBC, Amazon and Netflix all had Slow TV specials, which attracted plenty of viewers, who were drawn to the calming and meditative effects after so long spent watching fast, furious and often aggressive viewing.
Sadly these Slow TV events all seem to have left mainstream TV, so how can you find peaceful viewing to restore your equilibrium?
Slow TV - A History
Slow TV actually began with Andy Warhol and some performance art - a 1963 film entitled Sleep, which was a five hour film of the poet John Giorno fast asleep. He followed this with Eat in 1964 - 40 minutes of watching a man eat a mushroom.
Twenty years later, Canadian TV replaced their night-time test card with footage of someone walking or driving through Toronto. Only three films were made, but they were repeated every night from 1986 -1993.
Other incarnations of Slow TV are early reality TV shows such as Big Brother in 2000, when viewers would watch the contestants sleeping all night, or just lying in the garden for hours. However, it wasn't long until producers deliberately introduced drama into the series, and these extended periods of peaceful viewing ended.