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 1 is repeated on Yesterday today at 10:45pm.

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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