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.

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Fawlty Towers actor Nicky Henson dies aged 74

Tributes have been paid to the actor, who was best known for his role as Mr Johnson in Fawlty Towers episode The Psychiatrist.

Lucy Needham, The Mirror, 16th December 2019

Fawlty episode featuring N-word released on Britbox

In 2013 the BBC removed all racial language from its broadcast - but a Fawlty Towers episode featuring the N-word has been released by the BBC on its streaming service.

Jerry Lawton, Daily Star, 9th December 2019

Is using Fawlty Towers to teach English a good idea?

The 1975 sitcom is one of a selection of cultural touchstones suggested by a thinktank - but it all seems rather narrow.

Rhiannon Lucy Cosslett, The Guardian, 27th August 2019

At last, Brexit explained in two words: Basil Fawlty

It's all there in the 70s sitcom Fawlty Towers - rage, insularity, status anxiety. If only we had heeded its terrible warning.

Alex Clark, The Guardian, 9th April 2019

Fawlty Towers tops Radio Times greatest British sitcom list

Fawlty Towers has come out top of a list of the greatest British sitcoms, as compiled by Radio Times magazine.

British Comedy Guide, 9th April 2019

12 Disastrous US remakes of British Sitcoms

Some things are just uniquely suited to a time and a place. The idea of remaking anything to fit another culture is thankfully becoming more of an outdated concept. Unfortunately, in the past, American TV producers have repeatedly tried and failed to remake many of our beloved British sitcoms.

Super Ink, 8th April 2019

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

13 utterly charming British comedies on Netflix

A look at some British comedies on Netflix.

Refinery 29, 15th January 2019

The top 10 British sitcoms of the 70s

The 1970s is rightly lauded as the golden age of British sitcom.

Greg Jameson, Entertainment Focus, 1st December 2018

Why we love the comedy of failure

Failure, in short, is funny. And it's not simply a case of schadenfreude, either.

Mark Butler, i Newspaper, 10th April 2018