So I didn't really believe a word of the story - at least not until I had asked some of my German colleagues.
And sure enough, each and every one of them confirmed the story and most of them said that they will watch it. Almost all said that they found it funny, at least at a certain level.
Here it is. Dinner for One, (or The 90th Birthday), starring Freddie Frinton and May Warden It really is quite funny, and although some people in UK claim that it is a pathetic type of humour I think that they are missing the finer points.
This video is only 11 minutes long - and the point of the last scene is worth the wait. Just remember that the butler is required to follow the 'same procedure as last year', four times and that the four empty seats at the table would formerly have been occupied by 'gentleman friends', sadly now deceased.