Slow TV

brue replied on 06/02/2019 16:24

Posted on 06/02/2019 16:24

I've enjoyed a lot of the BBC Four "slow" TV programmes about various things, including the Avon and Kennet Canal barge ride from Bath and the Reindeer Sleigh ride with the Sami folk. But the latest Great Wall of China film was in territory I'm never likely to see and it had some stunning photography. I only managed to see half of it broadcast last Sunday so I caught up on iplayer last night. Did anyone else enjoy seeing it, I just can't imagine how this wall was built in some of the high remote spots.

Slow Odyssey LINK

redface replied on 06/02/2019 17:10

Posted on 06/02/2019 17:10

That wall is certainly something to behold. It is mind blowing when you get there and see the enormity of it.

Perhaps there was sufficient slave labour available when it was built.

I definitely enjoyed the trip  and walking along it for a short while.

If you ever get to China then a visit to the wall is an absolute must.

takethedogalong replied on 06/02/2019 22:09

Posted on 06/02/2019 22:09

Will have a look at those brue. We only put TV on while we have tea and a sit down nowadays. Been catching up with a programme called Pubs, Ponds and Power, all about English villages and their history. Very interesting, tonight was about Cromford and Sir Richard Arkwright. We have enjoyed a couple of good trips there, on a nice CL called Splash Farm. 

MrRoute replied on 07/02/2019 08:54

Posted on 06/02/2019 16:24 by brue

I've enjoyed a lot of the BBC Four "slow" TV programmes about various things, including the Avon and Kennet Canal barge ride from Bath and the Reindeer Sleigh ride with the Sami folk. But the latest Great Wall of China film was in territory I'm never likely to see and it had some stunning photography. I only managed to see half of it broadcast last Sunday so I caught up on iplayer last night. Did anyone else enjoy seeing it, I just can't imagine how this wall was built in some of the high remote spots.

Slow Odyssey LINK

Posted on 07/02/2019 08:54

Hi brue,

yes i watched this programme what made it special for me was that it had no commentary so no distractions from the film just the occasional script posted at various intervals. an amazing feat of engineering over many centuries costing millions of lives. well worth a watch.

brue replied on 07/02/2019 10:39

Posted on 07/02/2019 10:39

I found the last bit fascinating with the huge entrance gates from hundreds of years ago and the modern industry in the distance. Plus the new road being built to connect the ancient routes again. But as you say the human cost has been enormous. 

Must have a look at the other programmes mentioned, there have been some good history ones recently. I followed up with a repeat of the Terracotta Warriors and their connection with the west (Alice Roberts and Dan Snow.) Some good viewing out there if you enjoy history and travel. smile

Oneputt replied on 07/02/2019 11:29

Posted on 07/02/2019 11:29

Watched most of the programmed and taped the rest.  Photography was brilliant.  You have to be pretty fit to walk some of the sections of the wall