Look at this, I said to the Golfer.
There’s a rerun of part of our big 1992 trip on SBS
Oh yes, he said. 25 yrs ago, that was the year of your ‘big birthday’, when we went up ‘The Track’. Remember we took the train from Adelaide to Alice Springs with the car trailing behind on the motorail carriage, then drove 1500 kms on up the middle of The Territory to Darwin, stayed a while and then made our way home slowly over the next four weeks.
Slow TV on Australian television screens for the first time. Tell you what, it was slow alright. 3hrs with no commercial breaks, no dialogue, 90% of the time the only sound was of wheels going along train tracks.
I’d watch a bit, turn over to sport (cricket or tennis) turn back again, then back to something else, turn back again, do a bit of channel surfing, then back again.
I wanted to see more but it was so slow and uninteresting.
And we still hadn’t arrived at Alice Springs!
Did anyone else watch it. What were your thoughts?
Has anyone had other experiences with ‘slow tv’?
It seems some viewers liked it:-
And some didn’t:-
Me – lets just say I was glad when the train finally pulled into Darwin 😊
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I have great memories of our time on The Ghan. I know we had fun – we couldn’t afford a sleeper so sat up all night and ate the food we carried onboard with us. Coach passengers only had access to a little kiosk, not the dining room. The passenger mix was just that – a mix of oldies and young ones and families with littlies. One young man in our carriage had a guitar and there was music and singing. Left Adelaide one morning – arrived in Alice Springs the next.
Yes, we have looked at doing it again…..don’t think so. It’s now run by a private company and for a journey of 4 days/3nights is priced well out of reach. Best just have our memories eh?