Monday 20 May 2019

BBC's 'most boring show ever' is a surprise ratings hit

All Aboard: The Canal Trip
All Aboard: The Canal Trip
Aoife Kelly

Aoife Kelly

BBC 4 have had a surprise hit with one of their most "boring" shows ever.

All Aboard: The Canal Trip featured a two-hour canal trip at just 4mph through the Kennet and Avon Canal.

There was no presenter, guests, or soundtrack, only the swish of water and birdsong. 

However, despite its lack of diverse content and bells and whistles,  it seems viewers found it strangely soothing.

Almost 600,000 people tuned in to watch the show which was broadcast as part of the "BBC Four Goes Slow" season.

The season, which kicked off on Sunday, aims to git audiences the chance to decompress with some undemanding TV.

Speaking to The Independent, Cassian Harrison, Channel Editor of BBC Four, said “This surprising selection of programmes is the antithesis to the general direction much of television is going in.

"Slowing everything right down gives us the time to really observe things as they happen and this series of programmes celebrates the simple pleasures of life in the slow lane."

Many viewers took to Twitter to voice their support for "slow TV" although just as many were perplexed and even annoyed by the "most boring show ever".

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