A 1963 British comedy sketch which is cult New Year’s Eve viewing in Germany has inspired a YouTube hit featuring Angela Merkel and Nicolas Sarkozy.

The heads of the German Chancellor and the French President have been superimposed on to the two characters in the 18-minute sketch Dinner For One.

Ms Merkel “plays” 90-year-old Miss Sophie whose butler, “Mr Sarkozy”, impersonates her imaginary friends.

The original is hugely popular in Germany but is little known in Britain.

It is traditionally broadcast by several different German TV stations on New Year’s Eve, and its popularity in both Germany and Scandinavia has made it one of the world’s most repeated television shows.

During the routine, British comedienne May Warden plays upper-class Miss Sophie who is hosting a dinner for her four close friends to mark her birthday.

But because she has outlived them all, her butler James – played by Freddie Frinton – impersonates each guest, getting more drunk with each toast.

Happy New Year

You can find the parody on YouTube