British Comedy Guide

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

Press Clippings

Pictures: Australian Fawlty Towers stage show

Basil's back and he gave a Fawlt-less performance as the cult British comedy took to the stage for the first time in Sydney.

The Sun, 20th August 2016

BBC comedy classics go on display

Much-loved British comedians and sitcom stars are being celebrated in a new exhibition. Comedy faces from Frankie Howerd to Ricky Gervais are on display at the Compton Verney art gallery in Warwickshire from 9 July. BBC Faces of Comedy is showing 100 pictures ranging from the 1950s to the present day. Leading comics have curated the exhibition - including Have I Got News For You panellist Paul Merton and the star of Citizen Khan, Adil Ray. Here they talk about some of their favourite comedy moments.

Paul Merton and Adil Ray, BBC News, 10th July 2016

America: where British sitcoms go to die

It is the holy grail for British writers - having your sitcom remade for America. But can Raised By Wolves succeed where Fawlty Towers flopped?

Andrew Collins, The Guardian, 22nd June 2016

Daughter shares memories of the real Basil and Sybil

As hotel that inspired John Cleese's comedy classic is demolished, a daughter shares her bittersweet (and hilarious) memories of the real Basil and Sybil, her VERY Fawlty parents.

Simon Trump, The Daily Mail, 17th April 2016

Fawlty Towers tribute producers 'staggered by vitriol'

The Australian theatre company accused by John Cleese ripping off his television series Fawlty Towers has said it is "staggered by [his] vitriol towards us and our tribute show".

Elle Hunt, The Guardian, 24th March 2016

John Cleese hits out at 'Faulty' show

John Cleese has hit out at Faulty Towers The Dining Experience, the unofficial homage to the legendary TV series written by Cleese and Connie Booth. In an interview he has talked about taking legal action.

Bruce Dessau, Beyond the Joke, 23rd March 2016

John Cleese introduces new Basil Fawlty for live show

John Cleese has finally introduced to the world the new Basil Fawlty. Stephen Hall will be the filling the shoes John made famous in Fawlty Towers, and to be honest, he seems like a good replacement if these press shots are anything to go by. Hall is a well-known funny face in Australia, where the live stage show of the classic BBC comedy series will enjoy its world premiere this August.

Hanna Flint, Metro, 22nd March 2016

Hotel that inspired Fawlty Towers demolished

Retirement homes to replace Torquay hotel whose owner became the template for hopeless hotelier Basil Fawlty.

Steven Morris, The Guardian, 16th March 2016

John Cleese rules out Fawlty Towers musical

John Cleese, who played bumbling British hotel manager Basil Fawlty in the hit 1970s TV series, says a musical version of Fawlty Towers would never work.

ABC News (Australia), 18th February 2016

John Cleese slammed over advert by Timothy West

Actor Timothy West, whose wife played the long-suffering Sybil in the classic sitcom, says it was a mistake to recreate the scene of Basil thrashing his car for Specsavers.

Hannah Hope, The Daily Mirror, 4th February 2016

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