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An English New Year's Eve tradition, but not in England

YouTube - Dinner for one.

I was intrigued to learn today (h/t Omnium) that an obscure English sketch was (a) one of the first pieces ever recorded to videotape by German television and is (b) an intrinsic part of the New Year's Eve tradition in the German-speaking world. According to Wikipedia;

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.

It is always played in the original English, has not been broadcast in England for 30 years and yet is seen by half the population of Germany each year. This year, apparently, it can be seen at 12 different times today on various channels. It seems the Germans do have a sense of humour and that - oddly - it used to be ours.

The full version, with German introduction, can be seen here. The main English course can be seen below. What a strange kind of immortality for long-forgotten (in his own country) Freddie Frinton.

A happy new year to all my readers. Here's hoping for a peaceful, prosperous and successful 2010 for all. And to our weirdly-humoured German friends, Einen guten Rutsch!


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Happy New Year! May this one be a good one for one and all.


Happy New year Tom - here's to a better one.

Clara x


Happy New Year to you, Tom.


Happy New Year to you Tom. Where on earth did 2009 go?

Sean Jeating

What a lovely surprise, Mr Paine. Glad you enjoy(ed) 'Dinner for One'.
After reading your post I did check the TV program guide again, and realised that I had forgotten to mention the versions in dialect: Plattdeutsch (Low German), Hessian and ... Schwyzerdütsch (Swiss German), which do certainly have a charme of its own but can, of course :), not hold a candle to the original.
Thus, altogether, between 12.30 p.m and midnight there are 17 Dinners for One on air.

Einen guten Rutsch to you, too. May 2010 bring you and those around you health, love, peace, inspiration, success, leisure, contentment and - in case something does not immediately work - lots of serene calmness and calm serenity.
Ah, and this goes, of course, for your readers, too.
Happy New Year!

Mr Eugenides

And ending on a rather risque joke, as well!...

Happy New Year.

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