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What the is the deal with late night television in Denmark?

TV in Denmark at night - what is going on R Ultra?

Denmark is a wonderful country to visit, but its late night television can be pretty weird! During out trip to Copenhagen, we were left wondering, “What is going on with late night TV in Denmark??”

One thing I like about staying in hotels is the random television you end up watching. I’m not saying I go to a new country to veg out in front of the TV, but late at night we often end up flicking between news channels, movies and the local stations.


In Copenhagen, we kept flicking past a really strange-looking programme that had us wondering what on Earth we were watching.

It looked like CCTV footage from inside an industrial building, with long corridors with flickering florescent lights and overhead piping.what is weird late night tv Denmark? Strange Danish late night TV

At first, I thought it was some sort of horror movie, as there was something creepy about it. The camera angle went from showing the empty hallways to footage taken inside an empty bathroom.

The next time we flicked past the channel, DR Ultra, there was a man in the bathroom, who looked like he was doing some sort of electrical work. We were confused.

What is going on with DR Ultra’s scary late night TV?

As the days went by, and we kept flicking past that channel, we were no closer to figuring out what the hell it was.

Once, we saw the man in the bathroom get a small electric shock from an electric razor. Another time, there were two people rushing around one of the corridors.

what is weird late night TV Denmark? late night television Denmark - DR Ultra

At this stage, we thought it was a Big Brother-type reality show, showing after hours footage.

But it was too strange to be Big Brother. The footage barely ever showed people, and the setting was too industrial.


Once, we found ourselves watching a man examining his spot in the mirror, and jumped when it finally burst all over the mirror.

So was it a Big Brother type reality show we were slowly getting sucked into watching? Or was it some sort of game, where people were trapped inside an industrial building?

We had no idea.

More weird late night TV in Denmark

It wasn’t only DR Ultra that was freaking us out.  We also kept flicking past a channel showing people sleeping. At first, we thought it was just part of an ordinary programme, but before long we noticed just how many sleeping people there were.

We stopped on the channel for a few minutes to see a clown-like person tossing and turning in a brightly coloured room. Soon, the camera appeared to pan to the room next door, which showed a different person soundly asleep. Weird.


It turns out that Denmark’s DR Ramasjang children’s channel films characters from all of its programmes tucked into their beds, fast asleep. This plays from 8:30 pm to 6 am.

Why? Well, it’s pretty genius. It’s done so that when kids are trying to get out of going asleep, or if they’re asking to be allowed to stay up watching TV, parents can show them that all their favourite characters are sleeping, inspiring the children to go to bed too, knowing they’re not missing out on anything. Now that is clever!

As for the DR industrial footage, we eventually took to the internet to find out what was going on. After sifting through some confusing Reddit comments from Danish people claiming it was footage from a prison, I finally got the answer!

DR Ultra shows an all-night surveillance footage taken from the Danish Broadcasting Corporation once normal programming finishes for the night. Highwire production company was hired to create the footage.

“So we created a surveillance universe from the deep, dark basements of the Danish Broadcasting Corporation,” it said. “Here anything can happen – from setting people on fire to showing strange behaviours from your favourite tv hosts.  Catch the whole thing after dark on DR Ultra.”

So there you go, the mystery of Denmark’s strange late night programming is solved!

What’s the strangest thing you’ve come across on television when travelling?

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    April 10, 2017 at 2:55 am

    Wow, that is creepy. I’m really curious who is watching it. What are the ratings on this freaky fest?

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    Gokul Raj
    April 10, 2017 at 6:23 am

    That is strange. I don’t think broadcasting surveillance footage is a cool thing to do. That is totally spooky.
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    April 10, 2017 at 10:13 am

    Weird. I’d have been a bit freaked out too. Japanese TV is another totally different experience, a bit less creepy usually.
    Though the kids tv is genius!
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    Castaway with Crystal
    April 10, 2017 at 1:01 pm

    This is seriously the most interesting post I’ve seen in a while. I was totally sucked in to know what the hell that surveillance program is. I think watching TV in other countries is one of my favourite past times…
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    April 10, 2017 at 3:28 pm

    Well darn! Now I have to go back to Denmark just to watch some late night TV…this is hilarious!

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    Carol Colborn
    April 10, 2017 at 6:11 pm

    Advanced civilization! Should have been curious enough to see late-night TV in Denmark!

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    April 10, 2017 at 7:13 pm

    Super.creeepy. As in, I have such a phobia that I could hardly look at the pictures for the thought of something jumping out!!!! I’ll also think twice about using a public washroom at night if we visit Denmark, lol!

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    Eric || The Bucket List Project
    April 10, 2017 at 8:27 pm

    That might be the weirdest thing I have ever heard! I mean I kind of get the whole kids characters sleeping to influence your kids to go to sleep but why the hell do you need to watch little kids or characters at 3am? Sounds a bit perverse.
    I wonder what ever happened to the electric shock guy
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    April 10, 2017 at 11:58 pm

    That’s so creepy yet funny! I also turn on the TV sometimes at night when traveling, last time I was in Moscow and there was no channel to see in english! I felt so cast away!

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    April 11, 2017 at 7:16 am

    Well now this is different! I had no idea a show like this and it is slightly creepy even. I just love watching tv shows from around the world!

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    August 11, 2017 at 6:46 pm

    We’re in Denmark now and saw the bathroom surveillance show last night. We kept flipping through the channels and once back to DRULTRA there was a guy lying on the floor as though he’d either passed out or had been murdered. We didn’t linger to try and figure out what happened but it’s been on my mind enough today that I decided to research just what this program is, which is how I found this thread. It’s got to be one of the strangest things I’ve ever seen on TV.

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    August 24, 2017 at 6:01 pm

    I’ve just returned from a vacation to Copenhagen, this page helped me to understand what the hell that channel was all about, haha! I must say it’s hypnotic, in the end it was the most interesting thing on TV, couldn’t stop watching in a sense XD

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