Fawlty Towers - In The Press
It's 40 years since Basil and Sybil first checked us in at Fawlty Towers. Pippa Evans has loved it since childhood and has no intention of stopping. Why would she? It's the best.
Written by Pippa Evans. Standard Issue, 25th September 2015
Last week we bought you our 10 best moments from the classic comedy series. Here, we present your thoughts on the gems we left out.
Written by Rivkah Brown. The Guardian, 24th September 2015
To mark the show's 40th birthday we attempted to rank the 12 episodes from worst to best - but since they're all classics, they really should all be number one.
Written by Caroline Westbrook. Metro, 19th September 2015
Widely hailed as the best TV sitcom of all time, Fawlty Towers debuted on BBC Two on Friday 19 September 1975 - 40 years ago today. To mark the occasion, Radio Times has dug deep into the archive and unearthed 50 photographs, many of which have never been published before.
Written by Patrick Mulkern. The Radio Times, 19th September 2015
Fawlty Towers has always been funny. But at 40 years old, it only seems to shine brighter. Sam Kitchener celebrates the show's sophisticated homage to farce, its subtle commentary on its times and lasting legacy to the comedy canon.
Written by Sam Kitchener. The Independent, 17th September 2015
Fawlty Towers is regarded as one of the finest British sitcoms ever made, but in 1974 a script editor at the BBC deemed it a "disaster".
Written by Richard Webber. The Telegraph, 13th September 2015
Housebuilder Churchill Retirement Living, has submitted a new planning application for 33 apartments at the former Gleneagles Hotel in Torquay.
Written by Tina Crowson. Torquay Herald, 10th September 2015
John Cleese has revealed that one of the most iconic scenes from Fawlty Towers was nearly scrapped because of the wrong kind of tree branch.
Written by Hannah Furness. The Telegraph, 6th September 2015
It's 40 years since the first episode of Fawlty Towers crept into the public consciousness with minimal publicity and a series of lukewarm reviews.
Written by Adam Zwar. Stuff New Zealand, 4th September 2015
The future of a world-famous hotel that inspired the classic comedy Fawlty Towers has been thrown into question. The future of the Gleneagles Hotel in Torquay remains uncertain after councillors rejected a plan to convert it into a retirement home.
Written by J. Bayley. Western Morning News, 10th February 2015
Enjoy an exclusive look at what happened when RT went on set for the birth of the classic comedy in 1974.
Written by Patrick Mulkern. The Radio Times, 23rd December 2014
Did you know how tough Manuel actor Andrew Sachs was or why Major Gowen was censored?
Written by Jack Hardy. The Mirror, 31st May 2014
Assuming you haven't got the VHS, the DVD or seen it seven times on G.O.L.D., The Psychiatrist (series 2 episode 2: "Watery Fowls") looks as zingy and agonising as it did in 1979.
This is a scene from 'The Builders', the second episode of Fawlty Towers, in which Basil Fawlty [John Cleese] carries me to the hotel dining-room windows in an attempt to explain that he would like them cleaned. I wasn't hurt, but there were instances when I wasn't so lucky.
Written by Andrew Sachs. The Telegraph, 14th March 2014
The actor on Sachsgate, fleeing the Nazis and being thumped by Basil Fawlty.
Written by Tim Lewis. The Observer, 21st February 2014
In a note to the head of comedy and light entertainment, Ian Main turns down one of Britain's most famous sitcoms.
The Guardian, 12th October 2013
A 'racist' joke in Fawlty Towers has been cut because it might offend. Well, it might - if you didn't get the joke.
Written by Michael Deacon. The Daily Telegraph, 25th January 2013
The BBC's cutting of racial insults from a repeat of The Germans has brought the integrity of the hit comedy show into question. But the words are clearly used to satirise English upper-class bigotry.
Written by Mark Lawson. The Guardian, 23rd January 2013
A BBC2 repeat of The Germans cut a line of racist language, but some viewers have complained that the Fawlty Towers episode should have aired in its original form.
Written by Vicky Frost. The Guardian, 23rd January 2013
In one scene one of the hotel's permanent residents, Major Gowen, uses derogatory terms to describe black people. It was included in the episode's first airing in October 1975, but this time around the major's words were edited out.
Written by Laura Cox. The Daily Mail, 23rd January 2013
Fawlty Towers has topped a survey of past shows Britons would love to see return to TV in 2013.
Digital Spy, 3rd January 2013
For many, Friday the 13th may be the one day where your actions (or inactions) range from staying inside, avoiding black cats, walk way out of your way to prevent you from walking under ladders, or even attempting to avoid buildings that have a 13th floor. Unfortunately, for Basil Fawlty, every day is Friday the 13th at Fawlty Towers without his even trying. When you think about it, in 12 short episodes, Basil experienced a lifetime of Friday the 13th's.
Written by Bill Young. Tellyspotting, 13th July 2012
Bill Young tries to find out what makes Fawlty Tower so good.
Written by Bill Young. Tellyspotting, 29th March 2012
Dublin-born David Kelly, who played feckless builder Mr O'Reilly in Fawlty Towers but is perhaps best remembered for riding a motorbike naked in the comedy Waking Ned, has died.
BBC News, 13th February 2012
As the story goes, in May of 1974, following a now legendary 1972 stay at the Gleneagles Hotel by members of the Monty Python troupe, a pilot script written by John Cleese and his then-wife, Connie Booth, was submitted to the BBC. A clearly unimpressed 'comedy script editor' by the name of Ian Main sent the following memo to BBC Television's Head of Comedy and Light Entertainment.
Written by Bill Young. Tellyspotting, 29th October 2011