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All Aboard! The Canal Trip proves to be a TV hit

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A two-hour real time programme of a trip along the Kennet and Avon Canal proved an unlikely hit with BBC4 viewers

A two-hour real time programme of a trip along the Kennet and Avon Canal proved an unlikely hit with BBC4 viewers

A two-hour real time programme of a trip along the Kennet and Avon Canal proved an unlikely hit with BBC4 viewers

A two-hour BBC show featuring nothing more than a journey down a canal has proved an unlikely hit with viewers.

All Aboard! The Canal Trip was filmed in real time and contained no commentary, music or presenter and nothing more exciting than passing boats, changing scenery and the occasional passer-by in the distance walking along the towpath.

But half a million viewers were mesmerised by the experiment in slow TV - filmed with a camera strapped to the front of the barge - down one of Britain's historic waterways, the Kennet and Avon Canal.

The show - in which the only sounds were birdsong, dogs barking, rippling water and the chugging of the engine - fetched 506,000 viewers and a peak of 599,000, above the BBC4 slot average of 340,000.

It was also deemed a success with viewers on Twitter.

Susan Lomax wrote: "Thank you for All Aboard... I feel soooo relaxed... Can you do a daily programme?"

Andy Stewart wrote: "Beguiling filmmaking. Heroic even."

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