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SBS ONE, 7.15pm

As much as fire­works and hang­overs are a part of New Year cel­e­bra­tions, so too is this favourite, screened ev­ery year on SBS. Recorded in 1963, Din­ner for One is a 20- minute play about the el­derly Miss So­phie ( May War­den) and her but­ler James ( Fred­die Frin­ton) as they cel­e­brate her 90th birth­day. As Miss So­phie has out­lived all her friends, the in­creas­ingly drunk James poses as all her guests so she doesn’t have to spend her birth­day alone. With dif­fer­ent drinks for each course and a toast to friends long gone, James floun­ders and falls about with in­creas­ing exuberance, while a lion rug chal­lenges his bal­anc­ing skills. While it may be old- school slap­stick com­edy, it never grows old.

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