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Duck’s off. Sorry. Fawlty Towers s1e5: Gourmet Night, Basil to guests, BBC 1975
Guest: Could you make me a Waldorf salad? Waldorf salad.
Basil: I think we’re just out of waldorfs. Fawlty Towers s2e3: Waldorf Salad, BBC 1979
Bad Karma! Again! Guys, there’s some dinner on the floor if you want it. And if you don’t like that, that would also be cool. The Young Ones s1e1: Demolition, Neil, BBC 1982
Neil, Neil, Let’s not beat around the bush. Are you going to make the supper or am I going to kick your teeth in? (Food & Dinner) The Young Ones s1e2: Oil, Vyvyan to Neil
That all-softening, overpowering knell,
The tocsin of the soul – the dinner bell. Lord Byron, Don Juan V:49
I’m having an old friend for dinner. The Silence of the Lambs 1991 starring Jodie Foster & Anthony Hopkins & Scott Glen & Ted Levine & Anthony Heald & Brooke Smith & Diane Baker & Kasi Lemmons & Frankie Fraison & Tracey Walter et al, director Jonathan Demme
Woman: Would you like to order, sir?
Thatcher: Yes, I will have a steak.
Woman: How do you like it?
Thatcher: Oh raw, please.
Woman: And what about the vegetables?
Thatcher: Oh they’ll have the same as me. Spitting Image, ITV
Well let’s face it, who on earth besides antique dealers and gay couples actually still give dinner parties? Nigel Slater
A man is in general better pleased when he has a good dinner upon his table, than when his wife talks Greek. Samuel Johnson
A man seldom thinks with more earnestness of anything than he does of his dinner. Samuel Johnson
The best number for a dinner party is two – myself and a dam’ good head waiter. Nubar Gulbenkian, cited Daily Telegraph 14th January 1965
At a formal dinner party, the person nearest death should always be seated closest to the bathroom. George Carlin
My doctor told me to stop having intimate dinners for four. Unless there are three other people. Orson Welles
You can’t possibly ask me to go without having some dinner. It’s absurd. I never go without my dinner. No-one ever does, except vegetarians and people like that. Oscar Wilde, The Importance of Being Earnest
After a good dinner one can forgive anybody, even one’s own relations. Oscar Wilde
Murder is always a mistake – one should never do anything one cannot talk about after dinner. Oscar Wilde
The man who can dominate a London dinner-table can dominate the world. Oscar Wilde
Find me a man who’s interesting enough to have dinner with and I’ll be happy. Lauren Bacall
I’ll have the flesh! School for Scoundrels 1960 starring Terry-Thomas & Ian Carmichael & Alastair Sim & Janette Scott & Dennis Price & Peter Jones & Edward Chapman & John le Mesurier & Irene Handl & Hattie Jacques et al, directors Robert Hamer et al, Terry-Thomas, to waiter and slavering over woman at dinner table
The brains of the calf, the liver of the chicken, the legs of the frog, the hoof of the mountain goat in jelly. Tomatoes … Terry-Thomas to Ian Carmichael at table
Strange to see how a good dinner and feasting reconciles everybody. Samuel Pepys, diary 9th November 1665
Michael has asked Pam and me to dinner at least nine times. The Office s4e13: Dinner Party, Jim
Does it bother me that I wasn’t invited to Michael’s dinner party? [weeps] ibid. Dwight
Bugger the table plan – give me my dinner! Prince Philip at party 2004
I have dined with kings. I’ve been offered wings. And I’ve never been too impressed. Bob Dylan, Is Your Love in Vain?
Rumpole: There’s something burning in the kitchen.
Hilda: That was your dinner. Rumpole of the Bailey s3e1: Rumpole and the Genuine Article, ITV 1983
It’s not the same, is it? You can’t recreate a good school dinner at home. This is England 90 I II III IV, Channel 4 2015, Shaun
I just want to have dinner with you. Killing Eve s1e5, assassin to Eve, BBC 2018
Christmas dinner – for some of us it’s heaven. For others, it’s hell. Christmas dinner: where we’re expected to get together full of the spirit of good cheer, stuffing our face, and drinking ourselves into oblivion; a time when class, anxiety, and bad temper all bubble up and spew forth over the dinner table. Timeshift: Stuffed, BBC 2019
Christmas dinner – a love-hate relationship we’ve been in for years; a feast that unites but also divides. ibid.
Turkey or goose? Which side are you on? … Not everyone is convinced of the virtues of the turkey, especially hardened food critics. ibid.
‘It was the Victorians who established the form and ideas and the content of the Christmas we know.’ ibid.
The Nigella of her day – Mrs Beeton. ibid.
We are sitting down to a pagan custom which had a Germanic makeover before being transformed into a meal that united a nation. ibid.