If it’s Dinner for One it must be New Year’s Eve

By David Knox on December 29, 2011 / Filed Under Programming 7

ABC has the Edinburgh Military Tattoo, Nine has Richard Wilkins and at SBS it just wouldn’t be New Year’s without Dinner for One.

This 18 minute comedy, made in Germany in 1963, has been played on SBS every New Year’s for longer than many of us can remember.

It has a cast of just two, British comedians Mary Warden as 90 year old Miss Sophy and Freddy Frinton as her butler -with the latter playing all her party guests.

This classic is also a festive staple on television stations in Germany, Denmark, Sweden, Norway, South Africa and a cult classic in Finland, Estonia, Faroe Islands and Austria.

Dinner For One – In keeping with SBS tradition, our annual screening of this perennial favourite. Dinner for One revolves around the aged Miss Sophy who celebrates her 90th birthday with her best friends, all of whom are actually dead. The result is that her increasingly inebriated butler is obliged to act out each role in turn.

8:30pm Saturday December 31 on SBS ONE.


  1. robert January 1, 2012 at 6:22 pm -

    I was quiet surprised to discover that there are at least Two different versions of this wonderful bit of fun. Sililiar looking sets, similiar looking, but different, cast, and filmed differently, but just as funny.

  2. Chris January 1, 2012 at 12:38 am -

    Yes Evan, I remember watching Cant stop the music back on NYE in 1987!
    I just googled it to see if anyone else had noticed it :)

  3. Maev....Sydney December 29, 2011 at 1:20 pm -

    @ Andrew….Thankyou for that….and I have probably watched each one of those 20 yrs….*G*
    Yes David….a New Year staple for me….it still causes me to laugh ’til I ache.

  4. Andrew December 29, 2011 at 12:13 pm -

    I believe SBS first showed this on 31 December 1989 so they’ve been running it on NYE for over 20 years!

  5. nakka December 29, 2011 at 11:13 am -

    As well as “Can’t Stop the Music” on Nine, Back to the Future also gets an airing every year on Ten.

  6. John December 29, 2011 at 9:22 am -

    On of my favorite tv show at this time of year, very funny

  7. Evan December 29, 2011 at 5:01 am -

    Don’t forget the usually annual airing of “Can’t Stop the Music” on Channel 9 at 12:20am

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