Dinner for one warum silvester

A standard TV sketch des a senile brother woman and her drunk butler at her 90th birthday splitterpartei thrills millions des Germans every neu Year"s Eve.

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Miss Sophie und butler, James schutz been regaling German audiences zum years


Millions of Germans und other continental Europeans wollen settle down in front des their TV set on new Year"s Eve for what has actually become in annual routine -- the airing of in aged british comedy map out starring a long-dead music-hall comedy referred to as "Dinner zum One."

The 15-minute sketch, acted über Freddie Frinton und May Warden, will so be televised über every other significant regional public-TV channel an Germany and by a scattering des commercial networks.

The black-and-white brother slapstick sketch, totally unknown an the English-speaking world, has become the highest-rated TV show in German history, and has spawned fans clubs und a cult following des viewers who stage parties to recreate ns sketch weist home.

In a land not precisely known weil das its ribaldry und thigh-slapping humor, the neu Year"s night showing of "Dinner for One" never fails to bring down die house. There are viewers who have memorized every gesture, every line von the English-only sketch.

Same procedure…

The mere mention of the tag-line, "same procedure as belastung year, fehlschlagen Sophie" will break the eis with die sternest des stern-faced Germans. Cite that line, regardless von the situation, and be prepared zum the German to reply with, "Same procedure together every year, James," and then collapse right into hysterical laughter.


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It zu sein a phenomenon the has become ritualized right into tradition. "The Dinner weil das One" sketch was originally performed bei the 1920s bei British music halls.

In die early 1960s, a German television producer had actually caught the stage act in Blackpool and invited Frinton kommen sie fly zurück to hamburg with er to maßband the sketch for a one-time broadcast an 1963.

Studio employees and in-house secretaries offered as the direkte audience zum the sketch around a butler who gets riotously drunk while offer food und drinks to his employer, fehlschlagen Sophie, and her guests on herstellung 90th birthday.

The running joke ist that she sit alone at die table due to the fact that she has outlived all produziert male guests that were produziert former lovers. Butler james assumes the role von each "guest" in order kommen sie toast fehlschlagen Sophie with champagne, wine, port und so ~ above throughout die meal. Before each toast, that asks plaintively: "Same procedure as belastung year, fehlschlagen Sophie" zu which she responds, "the very same procedure together every year, James."

The "same procedure" line ist repeated one final time after dinner as butler james escorts fehlschlagen Sophie upstairs to bed, through Frinton leering knowingly at the audience und affirming, "I"ll do me an extremely best!"

The highest ratings

The sketch was used as a new Year"s eve filler on ndr television an Hamburg in the early on 1970s und it quickly became a consistent part von German neu Year"s eve celebrations.


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Butler james has wowed German viewers due to the fact that 1963


Over the years somehow, that has come to be a cult classic in Germany -- to the extent that it zu sein shown ~ above dozens des regional channels at some suggest over neu Year and NDR shows it sechs or seven mal during neu Year"s Eve.

"It normally has die highest rating of any program shown during ns year," says jürgen Meier-Beer, NDR"s head des entertainment. "We have in average market share an our area des 8 percent. "Dinner zum One" gets us up to 20 zu 30 percent every time. Us reckon the one an every 2 viewers an our area wollen watch it punkt some suggest on new Year"s Eve."

In recent years, the has deshalb been shown in Austria, Switzerland, Denmark and other countries.

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Ironically, Frinton died lang before his lay out made ihm a household nennen across main Europe.

Getting an on die joke

Many Germans room shocked zu learn that the rest des the world zu sein ignorant of this pearl von British humor.

English-speaking visitors zu Germany are invariably flummoxed von continual references zu this obscure sketch. Bei a bid to make casual conversation, a German might ask, "what do you think von "Dinner for One"?"

""Dinner for One" what," zu sein often the reply.

"You know -- "Dinner zum One" -- "James, miss Sophie, exact same procedure together every year?"" and then they rest into in uncontrolled fit of giggles.

A silly momente of merriment

Also, Germans are amazed that couple of people in Britain under ns age des 50 know who Frinton was. In fact, Frinton was a master hinweisen playing comic drunks and had a huge following on brother television bei the 1950s.

He was a little bit past his früh when the taped die German version von his renowned sketch. Viewed zum the first time, ns sketch appears dated und stale, in impression not helped von the truth that it was shot bei black and white, und recorded ~ above videotape.


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But what Germans liebe about "Dinner zum One" is the fact that it is a silly augenblicke of merriment that has become enshrined in the nation"s psyche. World remember see it when they to be young und with people who room no longer present, und they remember new Year"s Eves gone by.

The sketch, von course, enhances from repetitive viewing, notfall unlike die Rocky Horror bild Show. Und on new Year"s Eve, von course, many viewers oase been raising their glasses in toasts every evening already and are as smashed as Frinton"s character bei the sketch. That provides it easy weil das millions zu slur ns lines appropriate along with ns inebriated butler.

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Never shown in Britain

What plenty of people in Germany don"t realize ist that the sketch has actually never to be shown in either brother or the US, though it has had a few showings on australisch cable TV.

But then, there are those German-language numbers who are unknown in Germany. Wie a German asks what sie think of "Dinner weil das One," one kann sein respond über asking what lock think des "The Sound des Music."

Then ns shoe will be on ns other foot. One tun können even launch right into a rendition des the song, "Edelweiss." One"s new German friends wollen look punkt you in utter bafflement as though you"re from an additional planet.