We are supposed to laugh at, not with, the Basil Fawlty character in Fawlty Towers.Aidan Smith, The Scotsman, 16th June 2020
Fawlty Towers has come out top of a list of the greatest British sitcoms, as compiled by Radio Times magazine.British Comedy Guide, 9th April 2019
As a Monty Python treasure-trove arrives on Netflix - including Monty Python and the Holy Grail, Life of Brian and Monty Python's Flying Circus - it's the perfect moment to look back at 10 of the very best sketches from the masters of surreal comedy.The Telegraph, 16th April 2018
John Cleese has hit out at Faulty Towers The Dining Experience, the unofficial homage to the legendary TV series written by Cleese and Connie Booth. In an interview he has talked about taking legal action.Bruce Dessau, Beyond The Joke, 23rd March 2016
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.Bill Young, Tellyspotting, 29th October 2011
He has been married three times and is said to be considering tying the knot once more. And now actor John Cleese has revealed how - unlike his second and third marriages - he had an instant connection with latest girlfriend Jennifer Wade reminiscent of that with first wife Connie Booth.Ben Todd, Daily Mail, 15th November 2010
It may have only been 12 episodes, but more than 30 years after its debut Fawlty Towers remains one of our favourite sitcoms. This documentary looks at how the show came into being and why it turned out a classic. Michael Palin suggests it's survived because its "precision comedy" and Basil Fawlty's hysterical character were a symptom of the times. Not everyone was enamoured with it though - a BBC executive described it as "dire". Cast members John Cleese, Connie Booth, Andrew Sachs and Prunella Scales all contribute their recollections of making the programme.Simon Horsford, The Telegraph, 10th May 2009
This joyous look back at John Cleese's benchmark sitcom delivers everything you could hope for. For the first time, Cleese, ex-wife Connie Booth, screen wife Prunella Scales and Andrew Sachs, together with producer-director John Howard Davies, re-call how the shows came about.
Cleese's anecdotes about the Torbay hotelier who inspired the monstrous Basil are as funny as the gold-plated clips. And that's saying something, since Fawlty Towers' slapstick violence has tremendous impact in short bursts.
Add interviews with many of the sitcom's guest stars, including Bernard Cribbins, Una Stubbs, Geoffrey Palmer and David Kelly and you have real depth and detail. If only the start of each section wasn't delayed by unnecessary come-ons, it would be the perfect documentary for the perfect sitcom.Geoff Ellis, Radio Times, 5th May 2009