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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

Genre:
Sitcom
Broadcast:
1975 - 1979  (BBC Two)
Episodes:
12 (2 series)
Starring:
John Cleese, Prunella Scales, Andrew Sachs, Connie Booth, Ballard Berkeley, Brian Hall, Gilly Flower, Renee Roberts
Writers:
John Cleese, Connie Booth
Production:
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.