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 on Tuesday at 10:45pm.

Press Clippings

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 The idea of remaking anything to fit another culture is thankfully becoming more of an outdated concept.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

Several sitcoms banned by Mastermind

Contestants on the BBC quiz show Mastermind will no longer be allowed to pick Fawlty Towers, Blackadder or Roald Dahl as their specialist subjects as the producers have run out of questions. Mark Helsby, Mastermind's producer, has revealed that some subjects are so popular that they have been "exhausted" for new questions. Father Ted and the Chronicles of Narnia have also been removed.

Graham Ruddick, The Guardian, 30th January 2018

Fawlty Towers items feature on Antiques Roadshow

Props from Fawlty Towers are to feature in a special episode of the Antiques Roadshow filmed on the set of EastEnders.

Bruce Dessau, Beyond The Joke, 18th December 2017