Destination America takes slow train

US cable channel Destination America is the latest network to get in on the slow TV phenomenon.

The Discovery Communications-owned network has ordered Railroad Alaska: Real Time Train Ride, in which 500-mile train journey will be broadcasted in its entirety.

This makes it the latest international channel to try out the slow TV format, which is widely accepted to have originated on Norwegian pubcaster NRK. BBC Four in the UK and Travel Channel in the US are among others that have tried out such programming, which surprised industry watchers by consistently rating highly on NRK.

The show airs on November 26 in a 9pm-2am slot as a spin-off of the Railroad Alaska series, which has also been recommissioned for a third season.

Argonon-owned Windfall Films has been commissioned to make both shows.

“The landscape that the Alaska Railroad trains run through is breath-taking during the winter months,” said Windfall creative director Carlo Massarella. “The tracks cling to the edge of icy mountain ledges and pass through areas of outstanding natural beauty.

“This seemed like a new way to extend the Railroad Alaska franchise so viewers could enjoy more of Alaska’s stunning scenery – ‘real time’ is a great way to unwind and enjoy nature.”

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