Norwegian Television Special Featuring 8-Hours Of A Crackling Fire Draws One Million Viewers

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On Friday February 22nd, over one million people or about 20 percent of Norway's population settled down with their buckets of popcorn to watch a 12-hour special mini-series! The highlight? Eight exciting hours of a crackling fire!

The show, which Norwegian Public Broadcast producer Rune Moeklebust calls 'slow but noble television' was inspired by local author Lars Mytting's best-selling non-fiction book called - Solid Wood: All About Chopping, Drying and Stacking Wood - and the Soul of Wood-Burning.

Totaling 12 hours, it began at prime-time and went all the way through to the wee hours of the morning. Besides the fire, it also featured four hours of conventional programing which included interesting topics like how to burn, slice and stack wood, some music & poetry recitals (probably about wood) and of course, a guest appearance from the wood expert, Lars Mytting!

If you think a show like this was a big dud promptly resulting in putting the audience to sleep, think again - Not only did over 20% of Norway's population stay up to watch 'National Firewood Night' but they also, sent angry text messages - Not about it being a waste of time, but about how the wood in the fireplace was stacked! About 51% were upset that the bark was stacked facing up and the rest, about it being stacked facing down!

Host Rebecca Nedregotten was not surprised. In a country where temperatures can drop to below -30°C, firewood is an important topic! So much so, that before he settled for a 12-hour special, the producer had contemplated making it an ongoing series - Given the tremendous success, we would not be surprised if he does indeed revive that idea!

This is not the first time Norway's Public Broadcast Television has featured an offbeat show. In 2011, they broadcast a 134-hour special in which they followed a cruise ship from Norway to the Arctic and last year, an 8-hour train journey. The former, garnered 3.4 million viewers while the latter was such a runaway success, that it has been broadcast repeatedly a number of times. Don't you wish you lived in Norway?

Resources: newsfeed.time.com, huffingtonpost.com

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  • ajg16
    ajg16Thursday, December 15, 2016 at 10:56 am
    I would only watch this for about 10 minuted.🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥
    • abhinavMonday, December 12, 2016 at 10:25 am
      its awsome
      • abhinavMonday, December 12, 2016 at 10:20 am
        i love it
        • abhinavMonday, December 12, 2016 at 10:20 am
          this is the best
          • nikukyu
            nikukyuWednesday, December 17, 2014 at 1:44 am
            If this was only for commercials it would be okay, but for 8 hours?? That's so...sad.
            • bobTuesday, May 14, 2013 at 7:27 am
              one thing i have to ask is why? Just why would you watch it? thats what amazezed me in many reasons including how does a fire go for so long and how does not go off? and how do u watch a fire for so long?
              • cheeseheadThursday, April 11, 2013 at 9:50 am
                wow
                • ivebloggedb4Saturday, March 23, 2013 at 5:16 pm
                  lol, its like watching a thick coating of paint dry!!! id be sooo bored.... its sad
                  • blaize
                    blaizeThursday, March 21, 2013 at 10:28 am
                    that is lol
                    • hey
                      heyTuesday, March 19, 2013 at 11:39 am
                      They just wasted 12 hours on a FRIDAY night watching... fire. Wow.... Thats pretty sad.