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

BBC Two sitcom about a badly run hotel. 12 episodes (2 series), 1975 - 1979. Stars John Cleese, Prunella Scales, Andrew Sachs, Connie Booth and others.

Series 2, Episode 6 - Basil The Rat

Fawlty Towers. Mr Carnegie (John Quarmby). Copyright: BBC.
A public health inspector's visit leaves Basil with a long list of improvements to make to the hotel, but when he discovers that Manuel has been keeping a pet rat for the past year, things go from bad to worse!


This episode was supposed to broadcast on Monday 2nd April 1979, but strike action lead to it being incomplete. When finally broadcast it was billed as Fawlty Towers Special.

Broadcast details

Thursday 25th October 1979
34 minutes

Cast & crew

Regular cast
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
John Quarmby Mr Carnegie
David Neville Ronald
Sabina Franklyn Quentina
James Taylor Mr Taylor
Melody Lang Mrs Taylor
Stuart Sherwin Guest
Writing team
John Cleese Writer
Connie Booth Writer
Production team
Bob Spiers Director
Douglas Argent Producer
Howard Dell Editor
Susan Imrie Editor
Dennis Wilson Composer
Nigel Curzon Production Designer

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