SBS has reversed a decision not to make available a 17hr edition of The Ghan it initially promised (and subsequently abandoned) after a huge audience response to the 3 hour version.
Now it will screen the full daylight trip this Sunday 14 January, from 2.40am – 8.30pm on SBS VICELAND.
The extended version of the 54 hour train trip, only leaves out the nighttime portions of the trip, but will run with commercials.
It will be available thereafter at SBS On Demand.
SBS VICELAND will be all train, all the time with the spectacular journey of The Ghan in full, for 17 hours.
Australia’s first foray into the Slow TV movement last Sunday night on SBS got the nation talking, trending nationally on social media, and recorded an average of 583,000 viewers in metro + regional markets throughout the three hour program, making this the highest performing SBS program in the past 12 months (based on overnight rating).
This 17 hour extended-duration version captures the entire iconic 2979 kilometre rail journey from Adelaide to Darwin, omitting the black screen night time segments of travel, and is not commercial-free.
Produced by Mint Pictures for SBS, The Ghan: Australia’s Greatest Train Journey explores a story important to our shared multicultural history. The train line and subsequent development of central Australia can be attributed to local Indigenous communities as well as early immigrants, including Europeans, Chinese, and the Afghan cameleers ‘The Ghan’ is named after.
2:40am Sunday at SBS VICELAND.