It’s odd that, being the Anglophile that I am, it took Lars’s aunt from Denmark to introduce me to a new holiday tradition — watching Dinner For One. This comedy sketch has held the world record for most frequently repeated TV program. Something that holds that honor is worth watching.
The sketch presents the 90th birthday of elderly upper-class Englishwoman Miss Sophie, who hosts a celebration dinner every year for her friends Mr Pommeroy, Mr Winterbottom, Sir Toby, and Admiral von Schneider… The problem is that due to Miss Sophie’s considerable age, she has outlived all of her friends, and so her equally aged manservant James makes his way around the table, impersonating each of the guests in turn.
Miss Sophie decides on appropriate drinks to accompany the menu: Mulligatawny soup (Miss Sophie orders dry sherry), North Sea haddock (with white wine), chicken (with champagne), and fruit for dessert (with port) served by James, who finds himself raising (and emptying) his glass four times per course. That takes its toll, increasingly noticeable in James’s growing difficulty in pouring the drinks, telling wine glasses from vases of flowers, and refraining from bursting into song. Even before the alcohol begins to exert its influence, he keeps tripping up on the head of a tiger skin lying on the floor between the dinner table and the buffet.
Old people. Drunk people. Funny people. Old, drunk, funny people. You see why I like it? It has nothing to do with the holiday season but has become a tradition in many countries.
I hope it becomes the same procedure as every year in your home as it has in mine. Enjoy!