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Actor Timothy West, whose wife played the long-suffering Sybil in the classic sitcom, says it was a mistake to recreate the scene of Basil thrashing his car for Specsavers.

Written by Hannah Hope. The Daily Mirror, 4th February 2016

Among his notable TV roles was as Mr Lloyd in the 1975 Wedding Party episode of Fawlty Towers, playing the father of a family that hotelier Basil (John Cleese) mistakenly believes to be a wife-swapping group involving maid Polly.

Written by Nicola Agius. The Daily Mirror, 14th January 2016

Cleese has recreated the 1975 scene in which a frustrated Fawlty berated his broken down car before giving it a "damn good thrashing" with a branch. Cleese agreed to rewrite the scene for Specsavers opticians as he thought it would be "genuinely funny".

BBC News, 24th December 2015

The Gleneagles Hotel inspired John Cleese to write the classic sitcom but closed this year after it struggled to drum up business.

Written by Nick Irving. The Daily Mirror, 11th November 2015

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. 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. 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

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