Christmas isn't too far away now, and you may even already be making plans for what sort of stuff you'll be putting on the TV for vegging-out purposes. Well, the fine people at MostlyFilm are way ahead of you. A couple of days ago, we published an article entitled Netflix and Chill, reviewing the collection of Slow TV programmes from Norway that have recently turned up on Netflix. They're huge, slow-moving things that require very little intellectual effort on the part of the viewer: real-time depictions of train journeys, boat cruises, burning log fires, that sort of thing. (There's also a knitting marathon, but we didn't have time to review that.)
MostlyFilm's crack review team covered four of the programmes in the piece. There's Ricky Young, watching eight hours of train travel through a Night Nurse-induced haze: there's me, trying to focus on an eleven-and-a-half hour canal journey while trying to shred some old bank statements: there's Mr Moth, spending twelve hours failing to warm to a night of wood-chopping and log-burning: and there's Jake, gearing himself up for a 134-hour Hurtigruten cruise only to discover that the Netflix version has been cropped to just one hour of highlights.
All of these were broadcast on the Norwegian NRK channel, to surprisingly high audiences. And because NRK is a national broadcaster with a public service remit, all four of the shows we reviewed have archive pages on the channel's website, full of surprisingly large video clips and background text, perfect for linking to in this Red Button Bonus Content piece. Okay, so the text is all in Norwegian, but we have Google Translate on our side, so I can't see how that can go wrong.