"Same procedure as every year, Miss Sophie?"
A scene that (almost) every German knows. One sentence every German says a hundred times on New Year's Eve. New Year's Eve is unthinkable for the postwar period without a television sketch "Dinner for One".
The reason is relatively simple. "Dinner for One" was written by British theater writer Lauri Wylie back in the 1920s. Actor Freddie Frinton (known as Butler James) bought all the rights to Wylie in 1950 after performing it in London's Variety Theater.
But "Dinner for One" remains an entertaining piece of the British theater scene, quickly forgotten. The famous Sketch (until this year) did not make it to British television.
Warning: Don't expect any brother to laugh at you and say "Cheerio, Miss Sophie" or "Same procedure as every year!" You will wonder why she cares about what he did last year …
How did "Dinner for a" come to Germany?
The Hamburg Theater ensures success in Germany
German actor Peter Frankenfeld traveled with his director Heinz Dunkhase in the then known for his selection, shows British Blackpool. There they saw the doctor live on a summer evening – and was thrilled!
They decided to invite Freddie Frinton to perform it at the Hamburg "Theater am Besenbinderhof" before a live audience they wanted to film it. In 1963 the play was registered for NDR.
Meanwhile, the show also acts as a popular drinking game and was probably a template for a variety of parodies. The sketch has become part of our language. In 1988, "Dinner for One" made it to the Guinness Book of Records as "the world's most repeated television production".
On New Year's Eve, the NDR shows the original version of "Dinner for One or 90th Anniversary" at 19.40 and 23.35. At 5:05 pm the clock goes to a colored version. In the morning at 11.45 am, "Up de glieke plaats as celebrated Johr?", The German-German version of New Year's Eve to see.