Fawlty Towers - In The Press

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.

Sybil flirts with an open-shirted guest (or "Piltdown ponce") while Basil fawns on a couple who are both doctors - until he learns one is a psychiatrist. There's so much to love in the way that from there his spasms of overreaction build to disaster on the first-floor landing, not least the insults exchanged by the "brilliantine stick insect" and the "coiffured old sow".

David Butcher, Radio Times, 31st May 2014

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

Fawlty Towers is still regarded as one of the best ever sitcoms, even after all this time, but why, exactly, is that the case?

Written by Catriona Wightman. Digital Spy, 17th September 2011

As the xenophobic hotelier Basil Fawlty, John Cleese famously told his staff "Don't mention the war" before goose-stepping in front of his German guests with an arm raised in a Nazi salute. But more than 30 years on Cleese seems finally willing to follow his character's advice and even go further by seeking a rapprochement with the nation he once so ruthlessly lampooned.

Written by Laura Roberts. The Daily Telegraph, 23rd September 2010

Beatrice Sinclair ran Torquay hotel used by John Cleese as inspiration for classic sitcom Fawlty Towers.

Written by Steven Morris. The Guardian, 16th September 2010

The legend of Fawlty Towers lives on around the world. There are a number of hotels, motels, bed and breakfasts and hostels that have adopted the name.

TellySpotting, 7th September 2010

​Basil Fawlty is hoping things pan out well for his co-star Manuel in an upcoming play at the King's Theatre in Gloucester following a comical mishap in rehearsals. Simon Davies, who plays the infamous Spanish waiter, got more than he bargained for when he was smacked over the head with a frying pan last week.

The Gloucestershire Citizen, 3rd April 2010

One of Britain's best character actresses, Prunella Scales will inevitably be remembered for one character above all.

Written by Damian Whitworth. The Times, 19th October 2009

Basil Fawlty was rude, snobby, smarmy, hen-pecked, quick to anger, sarcastic and prudish - in the words of his creator, John Cleese, "an absolutely awful human being." But this unforgettable character stood at the center of one of the funniest sitcoms in television history, Fawlty Towers.

Written by Bruce Dancis. San Luis Tribune, 19th October 2009

Initial reviews in 1975 were poor and on one recent 2009 viewing, our TV critic found himself unamused by Basil and co.

Written by Andrew Billen. The Times, 19th October 2009

Vote for your favourite moment from Fawlty Towers. Nominations include "The Germans", "Beating the Car", "Manuel and the Rat", "The Kipper and the Corpse", "Basil versus Mrs Richards", "The Hotel Inspectors", "The Builders" and "A Touch of Class".

The Times, 19th October 2009

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