Sunday, January 01, 2006

Happy New Year!

Whenever a Swede hears that we are English one of the first questions they ask after which football team we support is do we watch 'Dinner for One' on New Years Eve in England? We always reply that we have never heard of this TV programme, but despite this they always continue to reel off the script from the show.

Last night we finally got to watch this infamous show and see what all the fuss is about. 'Dinner for One' was filmed in Germany in the 1960's and has been shown every year since in most European countries on New Years Eve. It is comedy sketch involving a 90 year old wowan at her birthday party, along with her bulter who has to impersonate each of the other guests as they are dead, with him gradually getting drunker and drunker as he has their drinks. Both the actors are English and the script is English but the BBC never wanted to buy the programme to broadcast it in Britain. After watching it last night we can't quite understand why it is broadcast 10 times on New Years Eve with most of the population of Sweden watching, but we can see why the BBC didn't want it!!


At 11:57 AM, Blogger Marie said...

Here in Sweden, it is the English spoken Swiss rather than the German version that has been shown for the last 40 years - there is a long, drawn out and ugly bun fight about the German vs Swiss one which is too boring to go into.

When I lived in Australia it was shown on NYE on SBS (the foreign tv channel), so I was aware of it, though it wasn't a cult thing at all. Frankly, I don't understand the appeal - it is a 40 second sketch stretched out to 15 long minutes. But then, Swedes will sit glued to Kalle Anka on Christmas Day...

At 4:19 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I think the bbc has enough to content with...heehee


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