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

Fawlty Towers

  • TV sitcom
  • BBC Two
  • 1975 - 1979
  • 12 episodes (2 series)

Comedy about a hotel and its owner, a man of infinite rudeness with a rabid dislike of almost all guests. Stars John Cleese, Prunella Scales, Andrew Sachs, Connie Booth, Ballard Berkeley and more.

Episode menu

Series 1, Episode 6 - The Germans

Fawlty Towers. Image shows from L to R: Basil Fawlty (John Cleese), Major Gowen (Ballard Berkeley). Copyright: BBC
Sybil's in hospital, receiving treatment for an ingrowing toenail. Basil's left at the hotel to carry out a fire alarm test and oversee a group of German guests. What could possibly go wrong?

Preview clips

Broadcast details

Friday 24th October 1975
31 minutes


Show past repeats

Date Time Channel
Wednesday 29th December 2010 9:40pm Dave
Monday 20th June 2011 10:00pm Gold
Tuesday 21st June 2011 12:10am Gold
Saturday 13th August 2011 11:40pm Gold
Sunday 14th August 2011 9:35pm Dave
Monday 15th August 2011 10:00pm Gold
Tuesday 16th August 2011 12:00am Gold
Tuesday 14th February 2012 10:40pm Gold
Wednesday 15th February 2012 1:45am Gold
Friday 27th April 2012 11:00pm Gold
Saturday 28th April 2012 9:00pm Gold
Monday 16th July 2012 9:40pm Gold
Tuesday 17th July 2012 12:25am Gold
Friday 9th November 2012 9:50pm Gold
Saturday 10th November 2012 1:40am Gold
Sunday 20th January 2013 6:30pm BBC2 Scot
Sunday 20th January 2013 7:30pm BBC2
Saturday 23rd March 2013 9:40pm Gold
Sunday 24th March 2013 7:55pm Gold
Friday 28th June 2013 9:00pm Gold
Saturday 29th June 2013 12:25am Gold
Saturday 17th August 2013 9:00pm Gold
Saturday 17th August 2013 11:55pm Gold
Wednesday 11th September 2013 12:05am Gold
Wednesday 11th September 2013 9:00pm Gold
Monday 25th November 2013 9:40pm Gold
Tuesday 26th November 2013 1:50am Gold
Friday 7th February 2014 10:20pm Gold
Friday 14th February 2014 9:00pm Gold
Sunday 20th July 2014 10:05pm Gold
Monday 21st July 2014 12:50am Gold
Sunday 9th November 2014 10:20pm Gold
Monday 10th November 2014 9:20pm Gold
Wednesday 31st December 2014 9:00pm Gold
Wednesday 21st January 2015 1:10am Gold
Wednesday 21st January 2015 11:00pm Gold
Tuesday 21st April 2015 9:20pm Gold
Friday 1st May 2015 12:20am Gold
Friday 1st May 2015 10:15pm Gold
Saturday 12th September 2015 10:00pm Gold
Saturday 19th September 2015 12:35am Gold
Saturday 19th September 2015 9:05pm Gold
Wednesday 4th November 2015 11:25pm Gold
Thursday 5th November 2015 9:25pm Gold
Monday 29th February 2016 11:20pm Gold
Tuesday 1st March 2016 9:25pm Gold
Tuesday 19th April 2016 9:15pm Gold
Monday 16th May 2016 9:45pm Gold
Monday 15th August 2016 10:20pm Gold
Tuesday 13th September 2016 9:20pm Gold
Tuesday 24th January 2017 9:40pm Gold
Wednesday 25th January 2017 1:20am Gold
Tuesday 7th March 2017 7:20pm Gold
Tuesday 7th March 2017 10:50pm Gold
Wednesday 22nd March 2017 7:20pm Gold
Friday 31st March 2017 9:40pm Gold
Tuesday 12th September 2017 11:00pm Yesterday
Wednesday 13th September 2017 9:00pm Yesterday
Wednesday 31st January 2018 9:20pm Gold
Monday 9th April 2018 10:00pm Gold
Friday 1st June 2018 9:20pm Gold
Friday 15th June 2018 9:20pm Gold
Saturday 16th June 2018 2:30am Gold
Monday 1st April 2019 11:20pm Gold
Tuesday 2nd April 2019 9:20pm Gold
Wednesday 16th October 2019 12:10am Yesterday
Wednesday 16th October 2019 10:20pm Yesterday
Sunday 24th November 2019 11:20pm Gold
Monday 25th November 2019 9:15pm Gold
Monday 13th January 2020 9:35pm Gold
Tuesday 14th January 2020 12:50am Gold
Monday 19th April 2021 8:30pm BBC1
Monday 26th April 2021 8:30pm BBC1
Wednesday 17th November 2021 8:40pm Gold
Thursday 18th November 2021 3:20pm Gold
Monday 7th March 2022 9:20pm Gold
Tuesday 8th March 2022 3:20pm Gold
Sunday 22nd May 2022 7:05pm Gold

Cast & crew

John Cleese Basil Fawlty
Prunella Scales Sybil Fawlty
Andrew Sachs Manuel
Connie Booth Polly
Ballard Berkeley Major Gowen
Gilly Flower Miss Tibbs
Renee Roberts Miss Gatsby
Guest cast
Claire Davenport Mrs. Wilson
Brenda Cowling Sister
Louis Mahoney Doctor
John Lawrence Mr. Sharp
Iris Fry Mrs. Sharp
Willy Bowman German Guest
Nick Kane German Guest
Lisa Bergmayr German Guest
Dan Gillan German Guest
Writing team
John Cleese Writer
Connie Booth Writer
Production team
John Howard Davies Director
John Howard Davies Producer
Bob Rymer Editor
Peter Kindred Production Designer
Dennis Wilson Composer


Basil Fawlty .v. The Germans

One of the most famous British comedy scenes. Basil waits on some Germans in the Fawlty Towers restaurant.

Featuring: John Cleese (Basil Fawlty), Connie Booth (Polly), Willy Bowman (German Guest), Nick Kane (German Guest), Lisa Bergmayr (German Guest) & Dan Gillan (German Guest).


Even Fawlty Towers is being erased in crazed witch-hunt

We need a massive pushback against the paternalistic culture of woke censorship and cultural control. Defend Fawlty Towers, by all means, but let's also initiate a genuine democratic resistance to the wokeness, identitarianism and middle-class paternalism that are doing so much harm to public life.

Brendan O'Neill, Spiked, 12th June 2020

Fawlty episode featuring N-word released on Britbox

In 2013 the BBC removed all racial language from its broadcast - but a Fawlty Towers episode featuring the N-word has been released by the BBC on its streaming service.

Jerry Lawton, Daily Star, 9th December 2019

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