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 2, Episode 1 - Communication Problems

Fawlty Towers. Image shows left to right: Sybil Fawlty (Prunella Scales), Basil Fawlty (John Cleese), Major Gowen (Ballard Berkeley)
It's St. George's Day, and when a Mrs Alice Richards books into Fawlty Towers expecting a room with sea view, Basil's temper begins to boil. Meanwhile, a racing tip from a rare satisfied guest could land him in it with Sybil.

Broadcast details

Monday 19th February 1979
31 minutes


Show past repeats

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

Cast & crew

John Cleese Basil Fawlty
Prunella Scales Sybil Fawlty
Andrew Sachs Manuel
Connie Booth Polly
Ballard Berkeley Major Gowen
Brian Hall Terry
Gilly Flower Miss Tibbs
Renee Roberts Miss Gatsby
Guest cast
Joan Sanderson Mrs Richards
Robert Lankesheer Mr Thurston
Johnny Shannon Mr Firkins
Bill Bradley Mr Mackintosh
George Lee Mr Kerr
Mervyn Pascoe Mr Yardley
Writing team
John Cleese Writer
Connie Booth Writer
Production team
Bob Spiers Director
Douglas Argent Producer
Howard Dell Editor
Dennis Wilson Composer
Nigel Curzon Production Designer

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