Imagine a crew of Norwegian lumberjacks cutting down a tree and chopping it up for firewood over the course of four hours. That’s the reality of entertainment in Norway, where marathon televised coverage of mundane events is a nationwide hit called Slow TV.
It may sound like the American Yule Log program broadcast annually over the holidays of a log crackling in the fireplace, sometimes accompanied by Christmas music. However, rather than passively providing holiday ambiance, Slow TV is broadcast live, unedited, and uninterrupted by commercials on national television, and half the country is intently watching. Slow TV is like Yule Log cranked up to eleven.