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Norway Slow TV comes to Liverpool. ARTICLE WITH VIDEO: What has a cow got to do with Norway’s Constitution Day? The Foreigner spoke with a Briton who is part of this year’s 17th May celebrations in the north-western England city. “I made a documentary about NRK’s series of Slow TV programmes in connection with my trips to Norway last year,” says producer Tim Prevett. “I interviewed staff from the broadcaster in Oslo and Bergen, and was even present at NRK’s 60-hour live broadcast from Trondheim of the Norwegian Hymn Book.” Trailer below

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Norway Slow TV comes to Liverpool

Published on Thursday, 14th May, 2015 at 00:45 under the news category, by Michael Sandelson   .
Last Updated on 18th May 2015 at 06:56.

ARTICLE WITH VIDEO: What has a cow got to do with Norway’s Constitution Day? The Foreigner spoke with a Briton who is part of this year’s 17th May celebrations in the north-western England city.

The cow
This bovine can be seen in the programme.The cow
Photo: Tim Prevett


“I made a documentary about NRK’s series of Slow TV programmes in connection with my trips to Norway last year,” says producer Tim Prevett. “I interviewed staff from the broadcaster in Oslo and Bergen, and was even present at NRK’s 60-hour live broadcast from Trondheim of the Norwegian Hymn Book.”

Trailer below

According to him, Slow TV is readily-identifiable as originating from Norway. It started with the 7 hours, 14 minutes of the train journey from Bergen to Oslo. Another famous broadcast was the 134 hours of minute-by-minute coverage of Hurtigruten vessel the MS Nordnorge on her voyage from Bergen to Kirkenes.

There were spin-offs in connection with the Hurtigruten event. HM Queen Sonja of Norway accompanied the closing stages of the vessel’s voyage, sailing into Kirkenes on the Royal Yacht Norge.

Hurtigruten gave an 82-year-old pensioner from Sogn og Fjordane Country a free trip from Kirkenes to Bergen after he watched the entire programme non-stop, just catching sleep every now and then.

“There is also little research into the genre. And, unlike other productions with producers deciding exactly what people should do and 17th May procession in Liverpool, 2014
17th May procession in Liverpool, 2014
By kind permission of Ann Giles
say, those who appear in front of the camera in some Slow TV programmes bring their own content. This is very unusual in the world of television,” Tim explains.

The BBC showed its first Slow TV last week. BBC Four’s “Goes Slow” programmes increased viewer figures by 50 per cent. Some 400,000 usually watch the channel. An American Slow TV production is scheduled to air in November this year on so-termed ‘Black Friday’.

Tim Prevett says that his 29-minute documentary “That Damned Cow - Just what is Norwegian Slow TV?” is being shown at the Nordic Church in Liverpool this 17th May in a wider context as part of the celebrations. These include a prayer at the Norwegian memorial at the Pier Head on Liverpool’s waterfront and a traditional procession.

He hopes that the production will knit together with people such as those interested in Norwegian culture and those with Norwegian ancestry at the Nordic community.

“The documentary was partly spawned by my wish to express a big sense of gratitude. I never expected that I would be able to go to Norway to interview people or be present during the hymn book event in Trondheim,” comments Tim.

Do you have any connections with Norway or Norwegian culture otherwise?

“No. But Trollhunter is one of my favourite films.”


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Published on Thursday, 14th May, 2015 at 00:45 under the news category, by Michael Sandelson   .
Last updated on 18th May 2015 at 06:56.

This post has the following tags: slowtv, 17may, constitution, nrk.





  
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