Norway Plans 12-Hour Prime Time TV Show of a Fireplace

Oh, it won't just be a fire flickering away. There will be on-air experts providing color commentary as the fire burns:

"We'll talk about the very nerdy subjects like burning, slicing and stacking the wood, but we'll also have cultural segments with music and poems," Rune Moeklebust, a producer for state broadcaster NRK.

"It will be very slow but noble television."

Moeklebust got the idea for the show from the wild success of a firewood book by Lars Mytting, Norway's biggest firewood celebrity. His book "Hel Ved", which means Strong Character in English, is a play on words because ved also means "firewood".

This kind of programming has a following in Norway:

NRK is not new to quirky programming.

In 2011, it broadcast 134 hours non-stop of a cruise ship going up the Norwegian coast to theArctic, bagging the world record for the longest continuous TV program along the way.

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.

And an earlier broadcast of an eight hour train journey from Oslo to Bergen was so popular, NRK had to repeat it.

Link -via VA Viper | Photo: haddensavix

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It's a show about wood...wood cutting...wood burning...not just a fireplace cam like you get at Christmas. It's based on a book by Lars Mytting called “Solid Wood: All About Chopping, Drying and Stacking Wood — and the Soul of Wood-Burning"
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We've played these kinds of videos for the last two holiday seasons. This Christmas my husband found one on youtube that was three hours long. Every 20 minutes or so a log got added, or someone with a fireplace poker would poke at the logs then add wood. Other than the poking of embers and the popping of the resin though, it was a quiet experience. Commentary would not have improved the mood.
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