Saturday, December 31, 2011

Same procedure as last year

According to Wiki...

"The 18 minute single take black-and-white 1963 TV recording featuring British comedians Freddie Frinton and May Warden has become an integral component of the New Year's Eve schedule of several German television stations, Danish, and Swedish national television, a December 23 staple on Norwegian national television, and a cult television classic in Finland, Estonia, Faroe Islands and Austria; on New Year's Eve 2003 alone, the sketch was broadcast 19 times (on various channels). As of 2005, the sketch has been repeated more than 230 times. It is famous in other countries as well... including German-speaking Switzerland and South Africa."

Amazingly enough... as a feature on Radio 4 this morning discovered... the Brits tend to find it not at all funny. I saw it for the first time forty years ago and it is simply part of the Silvester ritual.

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