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What is ‘slow TV’?

October 21, 2019

Feifei: Hi Neil. Good weekend? Do anything nice? Neil: Hi Feifei! Actually, I stayed in and watched TV. Feifei: Football? Neil: No, I watched this marvellous programme from Norway. Feifei: Oh, one of those police dramas? They’re great! Neil: Actually, believe it or not, the entire film was just the view from the front of a train, all the way from one city to another. It was seven hours long. Feifei: Seven hours?! And that’s all that happened? No people? No police? No nothing? Neil: Just the view from the train. It was such a relaxing journey. They call it ‘slow TV’. Feifei: Ahh, yes. I’ve heard of that. Wasn’t there one on a boat too? Isn’t it a bit boring? Neil: Well, it’s not for everyone. But my life is so busy, I just like to slow down now and again. Feifei: I’m still not convinced. Anyway, let’s hear some more examples about this slow TV. It’s our phrase today on The English We Speak. Michala’s company specialises in making slow TV. She says business is great right now! I recently discovered slow TV. My friends think it’s really dull, but I find it helps clear my head after a stressful day. A: What are you watching? It looks just like a fireplace with a big piece of wood burning. B: It is! Isn’t slow TV fantastic? It takes about four hours for the wood to burn completely. Feifei: You’re listening to The English We Speak from BBC Learning English. The expression we’re looking at in this programme is ‘slow TV’. So Neil, is this what you’ll be doing with you free time from now on? Watching slow TV? Neil: No, I’ve got an even better idea for this weekend. You know that oak tree I planted? Feifei: Err, yes. Neil: I’m going to film it. And make my very own slow TV! Then you can watch my tree grow, any time you like. Feifei: Honestly, Neil. I don’t think so. Neil: Maybe this will be the next big thing in slow TV. I could call it… slow tree-V. Get it? Feifei: I think what you need is to take a long, slow walk outside. Then you can admire all the trees you like! Neil: Just you wait, Feifei! This will be the slowest TV ever – oak trees take around 30 years to grow. Feifei: Good luck, Neil. See you in 30 years. I’ll stick to police dramas in the meantime. Neil and Feifei: Bye.

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  • Reply 최웅철 October 21, 2019 at 12:39 pm

    Thanks you!!! I will study after coming back home!

  • Reply Iziel Bluewings October 21, 2019 at 12:44 pm

    I've just listened to Joker (Joaquin Phoenix) laugh for 10 hours. They called it a "Slow video" but now all I have are negative thoughts. :((

  • Reply Anthony Simpson October 21, 2019 at 12:44 pm

    slow tv = make me more stupid

  • Reply المهند القاسم October 21, 2019 at 12:45 pm

    Thank you for your job

  • Reply Anthony Simpson October 21, 2019 at 12:49 pm

    wow and Neil you gonna have a slow dumb down mind go get distracted from whats going on so when it comes you won't be ready and you will be a easy target to take out maybe we need to promote this to terrorists and antifa

  • Reply Anthony Simpson October 21, 2019 at 12:49 pm

    the controlling of the masses comes to mind

  • Reply SoeSanda Htut October 21, 2019 at 12:52 pm


  • Reply Manar Mostafa October 21, 2019 at 1:09 pm

    I didn't get it😔

  • Reply Ivan Stepanoff October 21, 2019 at 1:27 pm

    :))) slow tv… Maybe it really necessary for some people because of their superactive jobs to have 8 hours of NOTHING. Nevertheless, it IS important to know about this. Thanks.

  • Reply A Setyawan October 21, 2019 at 1:29 pm

    you don't really know that you can make trees grow faster

  • Reply Benjamin ESTRADA October 21, 2019 at 1:43 pm


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  • Reply BBC Learning English October 21, 2019 at 1:47 pm

    There are nearly eight billion people on our planet – yet many of us feel alone and isolated. That's what we talk about in 6 Minute English.

  • Reply Vũ Minh Thư Trần October 21, 2019 at 2:23 pm

    i like this video 😀

  • Reply Hasan Abbas October 21, 2019 at 2:30 pm

    I’ve found slow tv for tonight.

  • Reply M. Aktham October 21, 2019 at 2:55 pm

    First time for me to know about free TV 📺 it's odd

  • Reply Narendra Vudara October 21, 2019 at 3:18 pm

    Thanks for explanation.

  • Reply Thiago Mendes October 21, 2019 at 3:21 pm

    I never heard this name, Slow TV

  • Reply Emy Emmy October 21, 2019 at 4:16 pm

    Hi 🙋🏼‍♀️
    I can’t catch the whole meaning of “ slow TV “ ☹️ does it mean any thing go slowly ? 🤔 like a tortoise 🐢

  • Reply Tamara Pierre October 21, 2019 at 7:20 pm

    This one is funny . Thanks BBC english

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