Norway enjoys 12-hour TV special of a fireplace, with commentary

Reuters' Balazs Koranyi:

Norwegian public television plans to broadcast a burning fireplace for 12 straight hours from Friday evening, with firewood specialists providing color commentary, expert advice and a bit of cultural tutoring.

"It will be very slow but noble television," said Rune Moeklebust, a producer for state broadcaster NRK, before its commencement.


  1. And thus is America’s sneaking fear of Europe’s generally higher levels of sophistication confirmed.

  2. I am absolutely loving these slow-tv thing. My plan is to get a digital player that will run constantly for my tv so I can have animated art SO I CAN LIVE IN THE FUTURE.

  3. Too bad we can’t this in Eastern Canada.  That program’d look nice, playing next to my wood stove.

    Edited to add:
    There was a community radio station in Ontario that used to shut down their programming at around midnight – the station was somewhere away from civilization. They’d leave leave a microphone pointed at the outside and broadcast the sounds of the forest all night long.

    Their audience numbers were highest for this time slot.

      1. Their most recent train ride slow-TV stunt hasn’t gained as much attention, I think it deserves it. Remember that NRK guy who made time lapse photos of his garden through the seasons? Well, they’ve now combined that concept with slow-TV train journeys

        They combined footage from the train journey Nordlandsbanen taken in four different seasons. Synced it up so you can smoothly switch seasons as you wish (and remix it in exciting ways). 

  4. “At one point 600,000 people tuned in to watch that program with 3.2 million people, or over 60 percent of the population, glued to the screen at one point.”

    Well, that clears things up.

  5. Add to this that one of the best selling (and critically acclaimed) books in Norway last year was a book about wood, it seems we have sort of a national fetish.
    If NRK follow their own tradition, the evening of wood might very well end up as a CC licenced torrent soon.

  6. My in-laws in NJ just didn’t believe I wanted them to put a tape in the VCR and fill it up with The Yule Log. Thanks to WGN and the Internet, though, I have a Yule Log on my iPod that I can watch any time I want to see happy flames crackling.

  7. Let’s face it, this would still be better than 90% of the *My Pawnstar Kitchen Celebrity Biggest Loser Idol* Shows that are endemic to TV.

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