I have to laugh at this reaction on RP.
As I posted earlier this is not aimed at Gunzels like us. It is aimed at the general community.
Slow TV is something for a person to wack on the box and let the scenery roll by. It is not aimed to be a historical doco on the Ghan nor the current operations. In fact I was surprised to see some captions as that is generally not done.
Slow TV could be simply a cam at waterhole at a National Park in Africa or some fish in a tank.
It is aimed to be background TV so that people can do other stuff, glance at it and watch it and then move one and come back etc. Although I have to admit I watched the lot as I do enjoy seeing the remaining infrastructure at former railway stations and sidings.
However, I do agree if you are going to do captions purporting historical information then it should be correct and not the marketing version of history.
The point of this was to be simply vision of the Ghan rolling along. Nothing more. They shouldn't have put any captions if they were in doubt.
If you want more accurate information, then you are already aware of other DVDs, TV shows and fantastic articles and books that cover these. But you have to admit that those are aimed at Gunzels like us. The general community will simply will not watch it or buy these. Frankly they are generally not interested, unless they go on holidays. The ratings and sales of specialist TV shows and books/mags speaks for themselves.
The show was a success in terms of ratings as it was shown at a quiet time of year for TV and it did what it was made for. There is an upside. the show might have exposed our hobby to a group of people that never ever shown an interest before. A few might want to find out more and might start getting interested in railways. We all started somehow ourselves.
Info on Slow TV is here:https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Slow_television
If you don't want to "waste" 17 hours of your life, then the choice is simple don't turn on that channel or better yet get outside and see the real world. In fact I might heed my own advice and trundle down to my local line and see the action.