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  • Can a boat trip along a canal make for riveting TV?
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BBC Four Goes Slow: switching on to slow down

In May 2015, more than half a million Brits tuned into BBC Four looking to escape their hectic everyday lives with an hour of birdsong or a canal journey. The BBC Four Goes Slow series showcased ‘slow TV’, featuring uninterrupted shows filmed in real-time. But why are people tuning in to slow down?

Location United Kingdom

With Londoners spending £1.4 billion on takeaways each year and over six million in the UK employing domestic help, it’s clear that Brits are busier and more time-stretched than ever. [1][2] But in May 2015, more than half a million of them escaped the constant noise of modern life through their TV sets, thanks to BBC Four Goes Slow.

From an hour of birdsong to a two-hour journey down a canal, BBC Four Goes Slow consisted of six unrushed, uninterrupted programmes, each filmed in real time. “This surprising selection of programmes is the antithesis to ...



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