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Fawlty Towers. Image shows from L to R: Sybil Fawlty (Prunella Scales), Basil Fawlty (John Cleese), Polly (Connie Booth), Manuel (Andrew Sachs). Copyright: BBC.

Fawlty Towers

Comedy about a hotel and its owner, a man of infinite rudeness with a rabid dislike of almost all guests

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G180e

  • Wednesday 6th March 2013, 8:47pm
  • Wolverhampton, England
  • 3,386 posts

From Waldorf Salad:
Mr Hutchinson: Took a little back street called the M5!
Basil: I'm Sorry most of the English cars have steering wheels
Basil: (puts head down in disgust) Rubbish
Mrs Hutchinson:May I introduce my husband
Basil: (Sniffs and picks nose)
Sybil: (comes out of kitchen) What's Going on Basil?
Basil: (scrunches up piece of paper and throws it in bin) Nothing Dear just more of that bloody rubbish! Laughing out loud

Classic one-liner:
"The Samaritans were engaged" Laughing out loud Laughing out loud

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Tim Azure

  • Friday 15th March 2013, 12:17pm [Edited]
  • Kent, England
  • 2,037 posts

John Cleese's best scene, according to the Alimony Tour seems to be the fire alarm scene, and the funniest line?

"I don't know why we bother. We should let you all burn!"


It "tops" the scene and explains Fawlty's character completely, and also shows John Cleese's hatred of pointless bureaucratic tasks.

But there are other brilliant lines here. "The fire bell is a semitone higher!" "Could some of you go into the lounge, or the dining room, use your imagination?" "You know the bell so you know the moment when I ring the bell!"

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Alfred J Kipper

  • Friday 15th March 2013, 2:00pm [Edited]
  • Aldershot, England
  • 6,358 posts

Lots of great quotes here, but it's the visuals that crease me up the most, my two favourites, both from The Psychiatrist:

GOLD
Basil's face appears at the 2nd floor window of the above doctor and his wife, realises it's the wrong window and starts sound checking it like he did with the walls.

SILVER
Aussie bird comes out of broom cupboard with black handprint on her chest, Sybil glares at Basil who puts his hand on it again, thinking it would cover it up.

BRONZE
Having a right go at himself pretending to be Manuel in Waldorf Salad. Doors open, unsurprised American stands there staring at him in pity.

Cue 4 decades of rib hurting laughter, and many more to come.

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Aldeem

  • Friday 15th March 2013, 5:08pm
  • SE London/Kent, England
  • 183 posts

Basil to Sybil while she is on phone to Audrey saying "I know. Oh, I know! I know!!!" "If you know, why is she telling you?"

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Darren Preece

  • Friday 15th March 2013, 8:19pm [Edited]
  • United States
  • 2 posts

Basil The Rat

Where Basil knees the major in the balls to stop him from letting the hotel inspector know he had seen a rat .......

Communication Problems

Conversation between Basil and Manual....Don't tell anyone about the horse .....
And the same episode....The Samaritans were engaged ...

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G180e

  • Friday 15th March 2013, 9:20pm
  • Wolverhampton, England
  • 3,386 posts

From The Physicarist:

"I tell Mrs Fawlty. You try to see girl in room and she go crazy"

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Tim Azure

  • Tuesday 19th March 2013, 1:04pm
  • Kent, England
  • 2,037 posts
Quote: G180e @ March 15 2013, 9:20 PM GMT From The Physicarist:


Is that the thirteenth episode? I know there's one called The Psychiatrist...

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Gordon Bennett

  • Tuesday 19th March 2013, 3:43pm [Edited]
  • Basel, Switzerland
  • 19,199 posts

That's how Del Boy would pronounce this profession.

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Stephen Goodlad

  • Tuesday 19th March 2013, 4:23pm
  • Mirfield, England
  • 3,868 posts

I remember laughing fit to burst on the original showing of the Rat episode.
Especially as the final credits roll and Basil is being dragged out of the room on his back. It was even too much for him.

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G180e

  • Tuesday 19th March 2013, 5:36pm
  • Wolverhampton, England
  • 3,386 posts
Quote: Tim Azure @ March 19 2013, 1:04 PM GMT Is that the thirteenth episode? I know there's one called The Psychiatrist...


You know what I meant! Angy

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Gordon Bennett

  • Tuesday 19th March 2013, 6:48pm [Edited]
  • Basel, Switzerland
  • 19,199 posts
Quote: Stephen Goodlad @ March 19 2013, 4:23 PM GMT I remember laughing fit to burst on the original showing of the Rat episode.
Especially as the final credits roll and Basil is being dragged out of the room on his back. It was even too much for him.


I love it when Basil takes away the plates (with the supposedly poisoned veal) from the guests with the statement: "Sorry, we have to warm up the plates, they are too cold". He screams and lets them drop because they're burning hot.

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Oldrocker

  • Tuesday 19th March 2013, 8:57pm
  • Near my beloved Black Country in Wolverhampton, England
  • 13,416 posts

I still mutter under my breath at times . . .

'I'm doing it, I'm doing it ! '

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Tim Azure

  • Tuesday 9th April 2013, 4:46pm
  • Kent, England
  • 2,037 posts

And whose fault is it, you cloth eared bint?

What is cloth eared, anyway?

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Kenneth

  • Wednesday 10th April 2013, 8:38am
  • Australia
  • 5,436 posts
Quote: Tim Azure @ April 9 2013, 4:46 PM BST
What is cloth eared, anyway?


I'm no lexicographer or oceanographer, but I'll hazard a wild guess that "cloth-eared" means "ears made of cloth" and therefore suggests dimwitted.

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beaky

  • Wednesday 10th April 2013, 11:57am
  • Malaga and Brighton, United Kingdom
  • 2,744 posts

Not dimwitted, just hard of hearing. It's a Midlands/Northern expression.