Following the success of the extra long 3 hour broadcast of the historical The Ghan train ride across Australia early in 2018, SBS have decided to up the ante and will soon broadcast a bunch of Slow TV shows which will either have you captivated or bored shitless.
But it’s thrilling television people, come on!! Especially when the following are Australian productions by the good people at Mint Pictures.
The Indian Pacific: Australia’s Longest Train Journey
Sunday 6 January, 7.30pm, SBS (3 hours)
Saturday 12 January, all day, SBS VICELAND
Crossing Australia from Perth to Sydney, the pivotal part played by the transcontinental railway line in linking the far-flung west coast with the eastern states is explored, including how the rail impacted Indigenous Australians on the Nullabor Plain, the new colony of South Australia, and the Indigenous trade route of the Blue Mountains.
The Kimberley Cruise: Australia’s Last Great Wilderness
Sunday 13 January, 7.30pm, SBS (3 hours)
Saturday 19 January, all day, SBS VICELAND
Travelling by boat from Broome to Darwin this route in Australia’s top end is a breathtaking coastline of open seas, bays, basins, islands and estuaries. This area is dubbed‘Australia’s last great witness’ and surprising stories of multicultural history abound – from Aboriginal cave paintings to Japanese pearlers, a Filipino missionary to a proposed Jewish refuge from the Nazis, Vietnamese boat people, WWII bombings, shipwrecks and modern-day mining.
Also part of the line up are two overseas trips of slow TV.
All Aboard! The Canal Trip
Sunday 20 January, 7.30pm, SBS (2 hours)
A barge travels through one of Britain’s most historic waterways, the Kenet and Avon Canal, featuring the serenity, sights and sounds of wildlife along the way.
Sunday 27 January, 2019, 7.30pm, SBS (3 hours)
Saturday 2 February, all day, SBS VICELAND
A spectacular overland route from Auckland on New Zealand’s north island, down to the south by way of multiple forms of transport including railways, sailing and driving. The city gives way to rolling pastures, volcanic extremes, tranquil waterways, the rough Otago high country and grandeur of the Southern Alps and Milford Sound.
Plus, for those who missed the full 13 hour version of The Ghan – an encore screening will be shown Saturday 26 January on SBS VICELAND.