Dinner Table & Chairs from Dinner For One


Dinner for One


Table and Chairs


Localized Spirit Projections


Libation Indulgence


Pouring a drink with at least one seat filled

Collected by

Warehouse 13


Holiday Section





Date of Collection

June 12, 1998



Recorded in 1963, the sketch comedy act “Dinner for One” written by British author Lauri Wylie sometime in the 1920s has become one of the most frequently repeated broadcasts in the history of television. Despite this and being filmed in English, it is almost entirely unknown outside of the non-English speaking European countries, and is played regularly during New Years celebrations in that part of the world.

Starring British comedians Freddie Frinton and May Warden, who originated the roles on stage in 1945, the 18 minute sketch shows that the 90th birthday of Englishwoman Miss Sophie presents the problem of no guests, as she has outlived all her friends, except her steadfast butler James. To cheer her up, James pretends to be each of her four guests while she talks and toasts to them. Sixteen drinks later, James is stupendously drunk and clumsy compared to Miss Sophie’s meager four glasses. Miss Sophie and James then head upstairs, and she reminds him of the upcoming “same procedure as every year”, at which James tries to mask his excitement.


Pouring a drink while at least one person is sitting fills the remaining seats with the spirits of deceased friends. They will appear as the user remembers them best in their mind rather than when last or healthiest seen. Although not resurrected, the spirits appear whole, can interact with objects set upon the table and have some degree of taste. They will rejoice with the user, laughing and toasting to cherished memories and thankful to see each other one last time. Those sitting at the table will find themselves severely drunken, overstuffed and tired, even if they consumed nothing.

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