SBS has confirmed airdates for its “Slow Summer” marathon events to screen on Sunday nights in January.
These are 3 hour events including two new Australian commissions, The Indian Pacific and The Kimberley Cruise, both produced by Mint Pictures.
There is also The Canal Trip from the UK and South from New Zealand, plus an all day repeat of The Ghan airing on VICELAND.
Marshall Heald, SBS Director of TV and Online Content said: “We took a risk with our first foray into slow TV, and the response was incredible, averaging 660,000* viewers nationally, consolidated. Audiences came to slow TV out of curiosity, but were soon drawn into the beauty and diversity of the Australian landscape, as well as the stories of multicultural and Indigenous history that were revealed.
“We’re excited to bring the audience more of what they love with a return to the railways, cruising in the top end, and some stunning journeys from around the world with Slow Summer.”
Slow TV has been called immersive, hypnotising, an alternative to the noise, an escape from the busy pace of modern life. For SBS, it’s also an innovative way to explore lesser-known parts of Australia’s history like no one else would do.
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.
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.
The Ghan: Australia’s Greatest Train Journey rpt
Saturday 26 January, all day, SBS VICELAND
The 2979 kilometre rail journey from Adelaide to Darwin that kicked off Australia’s slow TV craze. The Ghan tells the story of how the development of central Australia can be attributed to local Indigenous communities as well as early immigrants, including the Afghan cameleers The Ghan is named after.
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.