What's Funny About.... Image shows from L to R: Jon Plowman, Peter Fincham
What's Funny About...

What's Funny About...

  • Radio documentary
  • BBC Radio 4 / BBC Radio 4 Extra
  • 2020 - 2021
  • 12 episodes (2 series)

Peter Fincham and Jon Plowman talk to the people behind Britain's biggest comedies.

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Series 2, Episode 5 - Fawlty Towers

Peter Fincham and Jon Plowman are joined by John Cleese to discuss his sitcom masterpiece, Fawlty Towers. John traces the beginnings of Basil Fawlty all the way back to his work on Monty Python ("nice though the abattoir is..."), and talks about the real hotelier who inspired the character.

Broadcast details

Wednesday 20th October 2021
BBC Radio 4
30 minutes


Show past repeats

Date Time Channel
Thursday 21st October 2021 10:30pm
60 minute version
Radio 4 Extra

Cast & crew

Peter Fincham Host / Presenter
Jon Plowman Host / Presenter
Guest cast
John Cleese Guest
Production team
Owen Braben Producer


We shouldn't be afraid of Fawlty Towers' pure comedy

Radio 4's exploration of John Cleese and Connie Booth's beloved sitcom on What Funny About... revealed why it was so successful. But would it still get made today?

Charlotte Runcie, The Telegraph, 27th October 2021

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