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Of­ten, the aim of our fa­voruite TV pro­grams is to get our hearts rac­ing, tears flow­ing and sweat pour­ing – and all as quickly as pos­si­ble. But Nor­we­gian TV ex­ecs formed an adorable an­ti­dote in the cre­ation of slow TV.

It was ini­tially in­tro­duced to Nor­we­gian au­di­ences in 2009 with

which doc­u­mented the al­most seven-and-ahalf-hour train jour­ney from Ber­gen to Oslo. The pro­gram was an, erm, ru­n­away hit, draw­ing 1.2 mil­lion view­ers.

The show’s cre­ators Rune Mok­le­bust and Thomas Hel­lum were un­der­stand­ably shocked when the show at­tracted the coun­try’s in­ter­est, and went on to make hits such as a 12-hour show on fire­wood called in 2013, that drew in 20 per cent of Nor­way’s pop­u­la­tion, and later, the 13-hour broad­cast of

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