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New Year’s Eve Tradition: Dinner for One

Dinner for one: The same procedure as every year


My friend Ashley Johnson and I watched this film a few months ago. Watching this film on New Year’s Eve is a tradition in many parts of the world. I particularly enjoy this line “the same procedure as every year James.”

Here’s the scoop according to Wikipedia:

Dinner for One, also known as The 90th Birthday, or by its corresponding German title, Der 90. Geburtstag, is a comedy sketch written by British author Lauri Wylie for the theatre in the 1920s. Germantelevision station Norddeutscher Rundfunk (NDR) recorded a performance of the piece in 1963, in its original English language. This short comical play subsequently went on to become the most frequently repeated TV programme ever (according to the Guinness Book of Records, 1988-1995 eds.; later editions no longer have the category).

The 18 minute single take black-and-white 1963 TV recording featuring British comedians Freddie Frinton and May Warden has become an integral component of the New Year’s Eve schedule of several German television stations and Danish national television. It has also been a cult television classic in GermanyNorwaySwedenFinlandFaroe Islands and Austria: On New Year’s Eve 2003 alone, the sketch was broadcast 19 times (on various channels). As of 2005, the sketch has been repeated more than 230 times. It is famous in other countries as well — including German-speaking Switzerland and South Africa. It is a New Year’s Eve staple in Australia on the SBS network.[1]

– Duncan Alney