In Anglo-German Relations on December 31, 2016 at 17:00
It is New Years Eve and what better time to show this little gem of a sketch. The Germans are mad about it and it is a staple in every TV schedule on December 31.
In troubled times as these, the question asked by the butler, James, ‘same procedure as last year?’ is met with the reply by his mistress: ‘Same procedure as every year, James.’ To his dismay he then has to empty all the glasses of the imaginary birthday guests and gets incredibly drunk.
Asked oneself ‘Same procedure as last year?’ the answer must be a resounding ‘No!’ Not the same as 2016.
Here’s to 2017.
In Anglo-German Relations on December 29, 2016 at 11:00
Towards the end of the 1980s a British film team was allowed to travel to East Germany and make a documentary in the GDR. They went to Rostock where they interviewed a group of dockers, male and female. A quarter of a century later, the team returned to speak with the same people and visit the same places. It makes for interesting viewing.