Dinner for One (1963)

TV Short   |  Not Rated   |    |  Short, Comedy

Dinner for One (1963) Poster

At Miss Sophie's 90th birthday dinner, her butler James must fill in for her four departed friends - and that includes lots of drinks before every course!.


Get More From IMDb

For an enhanced browsing experience, get the IMDb app on your smartphone or tablet.

Get the IMDb app

Reviews & Commentary

Add a Review

User Reviews

31 December 2004 | TBJCSKCNRRQTreviews
| Two people, a dinner-table and a truckload of laughs
This little short comedy is an annual tradition in my family. Every year on new year's eve, it's shown on Danish television. I don't think there's been a new year's eve in my life where I haven't seen it. Even though I've seen it so many times, and my family must have seen it far more times, we've never gotten tired of it. The laughs fill the room, and everyone is sitting in anticipation and with the laughs just below the surface for the whole thing... except when we're roaring with laughter, which is most of the duration. I don't believe there is anything that has a greater or even equal ratio of laughs to seconds passed than this little sketch. Here in Denmark, it's only 14 minutes long, and I don't think there is ever more than just 5 seconds in a row without a laugh or two. The comedy is universal... I don't know anyone who doesn't find it funny. Plot, pacing, acting and characters are all top-notch. I doubt there will ever be a new year's eve where I don't see this. I look forward to seeing it more so than the actual celebration of new year's. I can't really say anything more... words don't do it justice. If you have a chance, see it. Chances are you'll enjoy it. I have yet to meet one single person who doesn't. 10/10

Critic Reviews

Did You Know?


At first, the program was only used as a filler on German TV. It was shown four times between 1963 and 1972 before it finally got its now famous regular airing on New Years Eve in 1972. It is so popular in Germany that it is shown multiple times on New Years Eve so that everybody can watch it, when it best fits their schedule. In 2003 it aired a total of 19 times on different stations in Germany.


James: Scholl!


After James burps, Miss Sophie takes hold of her chair's armrests probably in anticipation of James almost tipping her chair backwards.

Alternate Versions

Several versions of this sketch were recorded/broadcast or released on DVD/video:

  • the original B&W version with an audience as produced by Norddeutscher Rundfunk (NDR) in 1963. 18 minutes
  • a changed B&W version where an english spelling error in the intro narration was digitally removed. Shown on German TV since the end of the 90s.
  • a changed B&W version without the audience sound. Shown by Danish TV who also omit the introductory narration, bringing the sketch to a 14 minutes runtime
  • a computer colorized version produced by the NDR in 1999. Due to massive protest from fans this version is almost never shown
  • an alternative B&W version as produced by Swiss TV. This version has no intro narration and misses some gags. This version can be recognized by the much simpler set decoration (no table cloth, smaller/simpler pictures on the walls, much smaller stairs). Released on DVD in Germany. 11 minutes.


Plot Summary

Synopsis (WARNING: Spoilers)


Short | Comedy


Release Date:

May 1963


English, German

Country of Origin

West Germany, Switzerland

Filming Locations

NDR Studio B, NDR Studio, Hamburg, Germany

Contribute to this page

2020 Emmy Nominees In and Out of Character

Check out our gallery of the nominees in the leading and supporting acting categories in real life and as the characters they so brilliantly played.

View the full gallery

Around The Web


Powered by ZergNet

More To Explore

Search on Amazon.com