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Fawlty Towers 

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Hotel owner Basil Fawlty's incompetence, short fuse, and arrogance form a combination that ensures accidents and trouble are never far away.
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1979   1975  
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Cast

Complete series cast summary:
John Cleese ...  Basil Fawlty 12 episodes, 1975-1979
Prunella Scales ...  Sybil Fawlty 12 episodes, 1975-1979
Andrew Sachs ...  Manuel 12 episodes, 1975-1979
Connie Booth ...  Polly Sherman 12 episodes, 1975-1979
Ballard Berkeley ...  Major Gowen 12 episodes, 1975-1979
Gilly Flower Gilly Flower ...  Miss Agatha Tibbs 12 episodes, 1975-1979
Renee Roberts Renee Roberts ...  Miss Ursula Gatsby 12 episodes, 1975-1979
Brian Hall ...  Terry 6 episodes, 1979
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Storyline

Inept and manic English hotel owner and manager, Basil Fawlty, isn't cut out for his job. He's intolerant, rude and paranoid. All hell frequently breaks loose as Basil tries to run the hotel, constantly under verbal (and sometime physical) attack from his unhelpful wife Sybil, and hindered by the incompetent, but easy target, Manuel; their Spanish waiter. Written by Rob Hartill

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Country:

UK

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English | Spanish

Release Date:

8 October 1976 (Netherlands) See more »

Also Known As:

Hotel op stelten See more »

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Technical Specs

Runtime:

(12 episodes)

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

4:3
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Trivia

In the episode Fawlty Towers: The Builders (1975), Basil informs some of the hotel's regular guests that they will need to go to "Gleneagles" for dinner while the work is in progress. Gleneagles was the name of the Torquay hotel on which Fawlty Towers was based. See more »

Goofs

In several episodes, an arch saying "Woburn Country Club" is visible at the entrance to the driveway, revealing the exteriors' location, while the sign from the opening credits saying "Fawlty Towers" (or, in other episodes, "Farty Towels" or other variants) is never seen in any of the exterior shots. See more »

Quotes

Basil Fawlty: We have a Spanish porter at the moment, he's from Barcelona. It'd be quicker to train an *ape*!
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Crazy Credits

The Fawlty Towers hotel sign has its letters missing, or scrambled up to make new words. The sign presents a different error with each episode. See more »

Alternate Versions

For German TV-runs the main-theme was changed to "funnier" music. See more »

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Featured in British Sitcom: 60 Years of Laughing at Ourselves (2016) See more »

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Fawlty Towers
Written by Dennis Wilson
Performed by Dennis Wilson Quartet
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The Best Comedy Ever
21 April 2006 | by random_guy23See all my reviews

I mean it. The cast are amazing. John Cleese is the funniest man on the earth and he shows it in the TV series. Fawlty Towers is a brilliant comedy with every episode being amazing.

My favourite episode is the Germans, where German people come over and basil (john cleese) starts a argument and says "me? You started it!" German Man "We did not start it"! Basil "yes you did you invaded Poland!" After that he does the memorable "Hitler" style walk around the hotel. A classic episode.

Fawlty Towers is without dought the best comedy ever. Its even better than Mr Bean or Monty Python. If you do not believe me, you have got something wrong with you.

10/10 Superb!


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