Flying Scotsman: a journey in slow television
An hour-long television special of a real time train journey through England hopes to be ‘absorbing for its own sake’
It’s not everyone’s idea of gripping television. A train advances steadily along a railway track, without commentary or music. After a full, wordless minute, the view switches to the front of the train, where a static camera captures the track being eaten up, sleeper by sleeper.
Fascination, however, is in the eye of the beholder, and the BBC is hoping that these scenes could provide an unlikely audience hit this Christmas, when it screens an hour-long, real time journey of the most famous steam locomotive in the world: the newly restored Flying Scotsman.
Source: Guardian Transport