Dinner for One: A German New Year's Tradition

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Dinner for One: A German New Year's Tradition

 
31.12.02 14:50
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It's a bit bizarre when you think about it. A short British cabaret sketch from the 1920s has become a German New Year's tradition. Yet, although "Dinner for One or the 90th Birthday" is a famous cult classic in Germany and several other European countries, it is unknown in the English-speaking world, including Britain, its birthplace.Although newer versions have been produced every year around Silvester (New Year's Eve), German television broadcasts the classic, black-and-white English-language version filmed back in 1963 in Hamburg. All across Germany, from the 31st of December to January 1st, Germans know it's the beginning of a new year when they watch this annual event.The British actor Freddie Frinton played the tipsy butler James in the 1963 German TV production. (Frinton died only five years after the Hamburg filming.) May Warden played the role of Miss Sophie, who is celebrating her 90th birthday. The only problem is... all of her party "guests" are imaginary friends who have died off. A German New Year's Eve just doesn't seem right without hearing the lines known to just about any living German: "Same procedure as last year, Madam? - Same procedure as every year, James."In these politically-correct times, the sketch - in which Miss Sophie and her butler proceeed to get quite sloshed - has come under some criticism. But so popular is the perennial "Dinner for One" that the German airline LTU shows the 15-minute sketch on all its flights between Jan. 28 and Jan. 2, just so passengers won't miss out on the annual tradition.James :Good evening, Miss Sophie, good evening.Miss Sophie :Good evening, James.James :You are looking very well this evening, Miss Sophie. Miss Sophie :Well, I am feeling very much better, thank you, James. James :Good, good... Miss Sophie :Well, I must say that everything looks nice. James :Thank you very much, Miss Sophie, thank you. Miss Sophie :Is everybody here? James :Indeed, they are, yeah.Yes...They are all here for your anniversary, Miss Sophie. Miss Sophie :All five places are laid out? James :All laid out as usual. Miss Sophie :Sir Toby? James :Sir Toby, yes, he's sitting here this year, Miss Sophie. Miss Sophie :Admiral von Schneider? James :Admiral von Schneider is sitting here, Miss Sophie. Miss Sophie :Mr. Pommeroy? James :Mr. Pommeroy I put round here for you. Miss Sophie :And my very dear friend, Mr. Winterbottom? James :On your right, as you requested, Miss Sophie! Miss Sophie :Thank you, James. You may now serve the soup. James :The soup, thank you very much, Miss Sophie, thank you.They are all waiting for you.Little drop of mulligatawny soup, Miss Sophie? Miss Sophie :I am particularly fond of mulligatawny soup, James. James :Yes, I know you are. Miss Sophie :I think we'll have sherry with the soup. James :Sherry with the soup, yes...Oh, by the way, the same procedure as last year, Miss Sophie? Miss Sophie :Same procedure as every year, James. James :Same procedure as every year, James... Miss Sophie :Is that a dry sherry, James? James :Yes, a very dry sherry, Miss Sophie...very dry.Straight out of the cellar, this morning, Miss Sophie. Miss Sophie :Sir Toby! James :Cheerio, Miss Sophie! Miss Sophie :Admiral von Schneider! James :Ad...Must I say it this year, Miss Sophie? Miss Sophie :Just to please me, James. James :Just to please you.Very good, yes,yes...Skol! Miss Sophie :Mr. Pommeroy! James :Happy New Year, Sophie! Miss Sophie :And dear Mr. Winterbottom! James :Well, here we are again, old lovely... Miss Sophie :You may now serve the fish. James :Fish.Very good, Miss Sophie.Did you enjoy the soup? Miss Sophie :Delicious, James. James :Thank you, Miss Sophie, glad you enjoyed it.Little bit of North Sea haddock, Miss Sophie. Miss Sophie :I think we'll have white wine with the fish. James :White wine with the fish?The same procedure as last year, Miss Sophie? Miss Sophie :The same procedure as every year, James! James :Yeah... Miss Sophie :Sir Toby! James :Cheerio, Miss Sophie, me gal... Miss Sophie :Admiral von Schneider! James :Oh, must I, Miss Sophie? Miss Sophie :James, please,please... James :Skol! Miss Sophie :Mr. Pommeroy! James :Happy New Year, Sophie gal! Miss Sophie :Mr. Winterbottom! James :You look younger than ever, love!Younger than ever!Ha, ha, ha... Miss Sophie :Please serve the chicken! James :Ya ... Miss Sophie :That looks a very fine bird! James :That's a lovely chu ... chuk ... chicken,that I'll tell you,a lovely ... Miss Sophie :I think we'll have champagne with the bird! James :Champagne, ya...Sssssame, same procedure as last year, Miss Sophie? Miss Sophie :The same procedure as every year, James! James :Sophie, me gal ... Miss Sophie :Admiral von Schneider! James :Must I, Miss Sophie? Miss Sophie :James! James :Schkolll! Miss Sophie :Mr. Pommeroy! James :Happy New Year, Sophie, gal... Miss Sophie :Mr. Winterbottom! James :It's one of the nicest little woman...hic...one of the nicest little woman, that's ever breathed,that's ever breathed...I now declare this bazaar opened!Would you like some fruit? Miss Sophie :I think we'll have port with the fruit! James :Oh, ... no!S...ame procedure as last... Miss Sophie :Yes, the same procedure as last year, James! James :..............................!!! Miss Sophie :Sir Toby! James :Sugar in the morning, sugar... Miss Sophie :Admiral von Schneider! James :Schkolll! Miss Sophie :Mr. Pommoroy! James :I'm sorry, Madam, sorry. Miss Sophie :Mr. Winterbottom! James :Huuuhhh, I'll kill that cat! Miss Sophie :Well, James, it's been a wonderful party! James :Well, it's been most enjoyable. Miss Sophie :I think I'll retire. James :You're going to bed? Miss Sophie :Yes. James :Sit down, I'll give you a hand up, Madam. Miss Sophie :As I was saying, I'll retire... James :Ya... ya.By the way, the same procedure as last year, Miss Sophie? Miss Sophie :The same procedure as every year James! James :Well, I'll do my very best!  
Dinner for One: A German New Year's Tradition hjw2
hjw2:

kult, unbedingtes muss !! o. T.

 
31.12.02 14:51
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Dinner for One: A German New Year's Tradition chrismitz
chrismitz:

Um wieviel Uhr kommt das denn? o. T.

 
31.12.02 16:18
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Dinner for One: A German New Year's Tradition Spitfire33
Spitfire33:

18.50 Uhr im 3. Programm o. T.

 
31.12.02 16:33
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Dinner for One: A German New Year's Tradition Spitfire33
Spitfire33:

Kleiner Tipp im alten Jahr. TV Genial laden und Du

 
31.12.02 16:35
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hast ohne Fernsehzeitschrift alle Programme.

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Dinner for One: A German New Year's Tradition chrismitz

Danke spitfire! o. T.

 
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