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.

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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


Show past repeats

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


John Cleese confirms death of John Quarmby

John Cleese, 79, said John Quarmby, who played the unimpressed health inspector in sitcom Fawlty Towers, had died at the age of 89.

Minnie Wright, The Daily Express, 5th April 2019

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