The BBC appears to be in the forefront of the development of ‘slow TV’. The visual and audio content of some of these programmes is wonderful, and I’m sure Mike P – a BBC ‘sound man’ for 30 years – would agree. If the genre is unfamiliar, I point you to a piece in today’s Times – here. This evening we had the second of three episodes of the BBC Four series Retreat: Meditations from a Monastery, each from a different Benedictine monastery in the UK. It’s a three-part series, the first two parts are available to watch here, at least for long-suffering BBC licence holders. The final episode will screen tomorrow night – Thursday.
Slow TV isn’t limited to the spiritual realm. Again on BBC Four – the only BBC channel I watch with any regularity – we have Handmade. Tonight’s episode – here – concerned Jim Steele making a Windsor chair in his Warwickshire workshop. The programme shared something with Retreat, namely that there was nothing said by the man / men involved. Future episodes, when BBC FemiNazis wake up to the popularity of Handmade, may include a woman knitting a Suffragette scarf for Caroline Criado-Perez, and Laura Bates crocheting a tapestry for Jess Phillips.