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Old 25.12.2012, 10:27
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"Dinner for One" TV show, endlessly repeated

Some of you will be already groaning by now!

This rather un-funny sketch appeals to the Germanic sense of humour. It has become a tradition at New Year's Eve to gather round the TV and watch another repeat of this 15 minute play. It has been shown umpteen times since 1963, and more frequently in the last 20 years.

It is in the English language, so some of you might get pulled in to see it, by new friends or neighbours. Be kind to them and laugh heartily with them. The second time you might want to politely refrain from joining them.

http://www.hoerzu.de/tv-programm/dinner-for-one/ Swiss German TV, Monday 31.Dec at 19:05

More info: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dinner_for_One
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Old 25.12.2012, 10:45
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Re: "Dinner for One" TV show, endlessly repeated

When is the end of the world?

When they cancel Dinner for One on New Year's Eve.
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Re: "Dinner for One" TV show, endlessly repeated

I had my first experience this year. Amazing. Still quite perplexed how much our German hosts loved it...
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Old 06.01.2013, 20:30
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Re: "Dinner for One" TV show, endlessly repeated

They made me watch it in the office. Four times.

(I heard that in Sweden, everybody watches Donald Duck at Christmas... every Christmas.)
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Old 06.01.2013, 20:51
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Re: "Dinner for One" TV show, endlessly repeated

Lighten up - it's harmless ..... and still amusing, despite the many viewings.
Freddie Frinton was an an original exponent of comic characterisation and innuendo.

..... and reassuring that the Germans, occasionally get and appreciate British humour.
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Re: "Dinner for One" TV show, endlessly repeated

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..... and reassuring that the Germans, occasionally get and appreciate British humour.
We appreciate British humor a lot. But don't mention the war.
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Old 07.01.2013, 09:15
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Re: "Dinner for One" TV show, endlessly repeated

I watched it a couple of years ago and it isn't that bad, having said that, for entertainment value it has nothing on 'The Great Escape'

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Old 07.01.2013, 09:42
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Re: "Dinner for One" TV show, endlessly repeated

Same experience here as for the other people. I think it's one of those things that if you grew up with watching it, starting as a child, it's probably funny. But if you come to it new as an adult you realise it's a bit lame.
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Old 07.01.2013, 10:16
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Re: "Dinner for One" TV show, endlessly repeated

I also watched it for the first time this year as I was invited to friend's place on NYE (also a first in Swiss*)...

I thought it was quite funny actually, what was more bemusing for my host and his German / Swiss friends is that no English speaking person seems to have even heard of it.

There were lots of spoofs of the actual play / sketch as well which helps it become more and more ingrained in popular German culture.

PS: I love the last part

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After the dinner, Miss Sophie indicates to a very drunk James that she wishes to retire to bed, to which James responds:
James: By the way, the same procedure as last year, Miss Sophie?
Miss Sophie (delightedly): The same procedure as every year, James!
James: Well, I'll do my very best!

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Old 07.01.2013, 11:32
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Re: "Dinner for One" TV show, endlessly repeated

i've also never seen this, but have also received the same astonished reactions when i reply to germans that i've never seen it before.
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Old 07.01.2013, 11:37
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Re: "Dinner for One" TV show, endlessly repeated

May be appropriate to link this thread, which gives a bit of background for those who are unaware.

Same Procedure as Last Year?

See Post #5
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Re: "Dinner for One" TV show, endlessly repeated

Dinner for One


Brilliant culterual very short film
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Old 01.01.2016, 10:28
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Re: "Dinner for One" TV show, endlessly repeated

I would be tempted to say, its humour for simple minds, like Mr Bean, hence its global/Euro appeal... I suffered this same procedure every year, having to sit down and watch this with the in-laws who now call me Sir Toby I avoid this tradition nowadays as I don't need to impress anybody anymore.

Tbh, I enjoyed it the first time, it was vaguely amusing.
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Re: "Dinner for One" TV show, endlessly repeated

I watched it once (they made me!!!) and thought it would never end.

I (think I) get British humour, but that was just boring and predictable, imho.

Anyway, it's over for another year!
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Re: "Dinner for One" TV show, endlessly repeated

So now I understand

Was delighted to be invited to my first Swiss NYE party and this was put on.

The whole thing went right over my head at the time especially as my wife is French and knew so much about the sketch and the actors. Me I just went with the flow and being the only Brit there was left wondering how I managed to go through life and miss it.

Thought it was just something unique to the group I was with, had no idea it was so widespread.
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Re: "Dinner for One" TV show, endlessly repeated

Ha ha, didn't see it this year but Swiss TV seemed to be stuck in the '80s around midnight, I listened to Abba one more time..."Waterloo, Waterloo..." Cute.
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Re: "Dinner for One" TV show, endlessly repeated

I'm a Brit, but had never heard of 'Dinner for one' before a German friend of my husband talked about it.
He couldn't believe that we didn't watch it every New Year!
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I'm a Brit, but had never heard of 'Dinner for one' before a German friend of my husband talked about it.
He couldn't believe that we didn't watch it every New Year!
I'd never heard of it either until we went to live in Germany. None of our German friends and neighbours believed us when we said we'd never heard of it let alone watched it.

I remain in the fortunate position of never having seen it. ( although having been subjected to some French drivel at a friend's place last night in the countdown to midnight maybe Dinner for One would have been a better option.)
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Re: "Dinner for One" TV show, endlessly repeated

For those of us who vaguely remember the sketch pre 1963 and certainly not on Swiss TV, Wikipedia says this:

Wikipedia reference-linkDuring the Second World War he (Freddie Frinton) made a moderate breakthrough as a comedian. In 1945, Frinton first performed the sketch Dinner for One in Blackpool. As he had to pay a royalty every time he performed the sketch, he bought the rights to Dinner for One in the 1950s, which turned out to be a very prescient decision.

I remember him in 'Meet the Wife' with Thora Hird too. Any other British Dinosaurs on here?
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I remain in the fortunate position of never having seen it.
Here you go. Have a look - you might even enjoy it. It's a delightful bit of whimsy.
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