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Fawlty Towers. Basil Fawlty (John Cleese). Image credit: British Broadcasting Corporation.

Fawlty Towers

One of Britain's most loved sitcoms. Hotel owner Basil Fawlty (John Cleese) is a man of infinite rudeness with a rabid dislike of almost all guests

1975 - 1979  (BBC Two)
12 (2 series)
John Cleese, Prunella Scales, Andrew Sachs, Connie Booth, Ballard Berkeley, Brian Hall, Gilly Flower, Renee Roberts
John Cleese, Connie Booth
British Broadcasting Corporation

Fawlty Towers, a 22-room hotel located in Torquay, the centre of the 'English Riviera', is a den of mishap and disaster.

Basil Fawlty, owner and manager of the hotel, is a man of infinite capability in impoliteness, caustic intolerance and general rudeness toward the guests he views as an unwelcome imposition. His wife, Sybil, is of a more practical demeanour, but seems to have an immunity to work. The running of the hotel is thus often left to waitress, maid, and all-round help Polly. Meanwhilse, Spanish waiter and porter Manuel is still struggling with English.

Our Review: One of, if not the, most well-loved British sitcom of all time, the importance and popularity of Fawlty Towers is difficult to exaggerate - particularly considering that only 12 episodes were ever made.

The series managed to capture that magic formula of a familiar setting with absurb but believable characters, incredibly tight writing, wonderful performances from regulars and guest stars alike, and some of the most intricate storylines in light entertainment. Add in a liberal helping of superb one-liners, splendid set-piece visual treats, cracking dialogue and a sprinkling of slapstick, and you get this most popular and well-loved of series.