All in good, leisurely time

The Weekend Australian - Review - - Television Free To Air - Slow TV,

Kim­ber­ley Cruise, If you have ever watched be­gin­ners try to med­i­tate, you will have wit­nessed those who are will­ing to per­sist through the ini­tial feel­ings of un­fa­mil­iar­ity and dis­com­fort to give it a try, and those who in­sist on ar­gu­ing with the premise of the exercise. Slow TV, the genre that fea­tures long stretches of footage of na­ture and so forth, is a sim­i­lar phe­nom­e­non.

Chill­ing out with the Nor­we­gian Na­tional Fire­wood Night on Netflix, which fea­tures six hours of wood burn­ing in a fire­place, in­ter­rupted only by a fresh log now and then or some po­etry, was one of my most mem­o­rable TV ex­pe­ri­ences of last year.

If it sounds ridicu­lous to you, or you are con­vinced that SBS is trolling the Aus­tralian pub­lic, read no fur­ther.

For those who are in­trigued, The In­dian Pa­cific: Aus­tralia’s Long­est Train Jour­ney, which screened in a pot­ted ver­sion last week­end, runs at full The Ghan The In­dian Pa­cific length to­day on SBS Viceland, cov­er­ing the Perthto-Syd­ney rail­way route in all its glory.

To­mor­row sees a three-hour taste of the new com­mis­sion Kim­ber­ley Cruise (Sun­day, 7.30pm, SBS), sur­vey­ing a Broome-to-Dar­win boat trip, fol­lowed by the day­long ver­sion on Jan­uary 19 on SBS Viceland.

Also in the line-up are All Aboard! The Canal Trip (Jan­uary 20, 7.30pm, SBS), fea­tur­ing two hours of footage of a barge jour­ney via Britain’s his­toric canals, and North to South (Jan­uary 27, 7.30pm, SBS and full-length on Fe­bru­ary 2, all day, SBS Viceland), which fol­lows the over­land route from Auckland to the Mil­ford Sound.

And The Ghan: Aus­tralia’s Great­est Train Jour­ney, which de­buted last year, will have an en­core screen­ing (Jan­uary 26, all day, SBS Viceland). var­i­ous times, SBS and SBS Viceland.

A scene from the lat­est com­mis­sion in the SBS slow TV se­ries af­ter and

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