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Dinner For One

Postby mercalia » 31 Dec 2018, 10:05am

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Re: Dinner For One

Postby Mick F » 31 Dec 2018, 10:10am

Been on a thread on here a few years ago. :D
Excellent comedy, but you've missed out the first bit with the introduction.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FksV_7Z ... gs=pl%2Cwn

I found it by accident years ago on YouTube, and downloaded it in MP4 format.
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Re: Dinner For One

Postby mercalia » 31 Dec 2018, 10:18am

I did see that one. Did you notice that it is a different viewpoint to the one I added?

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Re: Dinner For One

Postby Mick F » 31 Dec 2018, 10:22am

Yes.
There's a few versions, but the one I linked is the best in our opinion.
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Re: Dinner For One

Postby 661-Pete » 31 Dec 2018, 10:57am

Ha ha! I suppose, amongst the gamut of 'drunk' comedy acts, this one ranks pretty high! Freddie Frinton was briefly in sitcom on BBC, in a show called Meet The Wife - but he died fairly young alas!

While we're on the topic of 'drunk' acts, I still think this is one of the best: admirably performed by Robert Downey Jr as Chaplin in the movie of that title:

This is based on an actual act performed by Charlie Chaplin, before he got into movies as the Tramp. Enjoy!
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Re: Dinner For One

Postby softlips » 31 Dec 2018, 2:48pm

My German and Dutch colleagues used to go on about this every year - always thought we watched it in the UK every NYE like they seem to.

When I said I’d never seen they recorded it one year and brought it in for me to watch at lunchtime.

I thought it was rubbish to be honest.

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Re: Dinner For One

Postby mercalia » 31 Dec 2018, 3:33pm

softlips wrote:My German and Dutch colleagues used to go on about this every year - always thought we watched it in the UK every NYE like they seem to.

When I said I’d never seen they recorded it one year and brought it in for me to watch at lunchtime.

I thought it was rubbish to be honest.


well it is very old? also says some thing about German/Dutch native products that they have to trot out a 50+ year old UK short-com every year. or maybe so drunk by that time that anything would look good?

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Re: Dinner For One

Postby mercalia » 31 Dec 2018, 3:41pm

661-Pete wrote:Ha ha! I suppose, amongst the gamut of 'drunk' comedy acts, this one ranks pretty high! Freddie Frinton was briefly in sitcom on BBC, in a show called Meet The Wife - but he died fairly young alas!

While we're on the topic of 'drunk' acts, I still think this is one of the best: admirably performed by Robert Downey Jr as Chaplin in the movie of that title:

This is based on an actual act performed by Charlie Chaplin, before he got into movies as the Tramp. Enjoy!


did he get an Oscar for that performance, he should have done?

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Re: Dinner For One

Postby brynpoeth » 31 Dec 2018, 6:18pm

mercalia wrote:
softlips wrote:My German and Dutch colleagues used to go on about this every year - always thought we watched it in the UK every NYE like they seem to.

When I said I’d never seen they recorded it one year and brought it in for me to watch at lunchtime.

I thought it was rubbish to be honest.


well it is very old? also says some thing about German/Dutch native products that they have to trot out a 50+ year old UK short-com every year. or maybe so drunk by that time that anything would look good?

Just a tradition encouraged by the media like eating jam doughnuts, letting off fireworks and not going to bed at a decent hour on 31.12 :?
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Re: Dinner For One

Postby 661-Pete » 31 Dec 2018, 7:28pm

mercalia wrote:did he get an Oscar for that performance, he should have done?
I presume you mean Downey. According to IMDB, nominated, but didn't win the Oscar: he got the BAFTA though.
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Re: Dinner For One

Postby mjr » 1 Jan 2019, 12:37am

mercalia wrote:
softlips wrote:My German and Dutch colleagues used to go on about this every year - always thought we watched it in the UK every NYE like they seem to.

When I said I’d never seen they recorded it one year and brought it in for me to watch at lunchtime.

I thought it was rubbish to be honest.


well it is very old? also says some thing about German/Dutch native products that they have to trot out a 50+ year old UK short-com every year. or maybe so drunk by that time that anything would look good?

There are numerous skits and local dialect versions of it but I think Freddie Frinton is a comic genius who had the audience going from the first walk, long before the drink's started flowing, and the 90th Birthday aka Dinner for One stands up alongside Four Candles (there's more in Birthday, but it's much longer), ahead of any particular performance of Dead Parrot (it's good in theory but none of the recordings seem faultless) but not quite up to Andrew Preview.

I've watched it tonight, same procedure as every year for over a decade, and tomorrow morning is the New Year Concert from Vienna, 1015-1245 UK time on ORF2 BBC2 and many others.
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Re: Dinner For One

Postby NATURAL ANKLING » 1 Jan 2019, 12:58am

Hi,
Where have all our comics gone..........
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Re: Dinner For One

Postby mjr » 1 Jan 2019, 1:10am

NATURAL ANKLING wrote:Hi,
Where have all our comics gone..........

Stand up seems in fine fettle, with plenty of gigs recorded for TV and panel shows full of stand-ups but I'm not sure there are many sketch shows just now. There are a few sitcoms but how often do they get very famous?
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Re: Dinner For One

Postby Canuk » 1 Jan 2019, 6:17am

It's a must watch in Sweden too. My friends from Stockholm showed it to me last month, can't say I thought it all that funny though, even the new improved colour version :lol:


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Re: Dinner For One

Postby mercalia » 1 Jan 2019, 9:07am

As i mention in another thread we just get Jools Holland’s lie every year. May be we would be better off with Dinner for One?