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Fawlty Towers: Re-Opened

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Now here's an interesting way to celebrate the 30th birthday of a classic sitcom. For the first time ever, John Cleese reveals his favourite scenes Fawlty Towers. No clues yet as to which ones they will be but there's the added bonus of the likes of Michael Palin, Terry Jones, Mitchell and Webb, Eddie Izzard and AA Gill reminiscing about these magic moments. Possibly even more interesting will be the comments from the owners of Gleanagles Hotel, which was the real-life inspiration for Fawlty Towers.

Jane Rackham, Radio Times, 12th May 2009

Maurice Gran asks 'Who killed the sitcom?'

We adored Fawlty Towers when it hit the TV screens, even though we were working at the time on a script set in a rundown seaside hotel. It happens.

Maurice Gran, Daily Mail, 11th May 2009

It may have only been 12 episodes, but more than 30 years after its debut Fawlty Towers remains one of our favourite sitcoms. This documentary looks at how the show came into being and why it turned out a classic. Michael Palin suggests it's survived because its "precision comedy" and Basil Fawlty's hysterical character were a symptom of the times. Not everyone was enamoured with it though - a BBC executive described it as "dire". Cast members John Cleese, Connie Booth, Andrew Sachs and Prunella Scales all contribute their recollections of making the programme.

Simon Horsford, The Telegraph, 10th May 2009

John Cleese Interview

Here's what John Cleese had to say about it all.

Paul Hirons, TV Scoop, 8th May 2009

Fawlty Towers almost didn't see the light of day

It's 30 years since they last got together to create chaos in a small hotel in Torquay. But yesterday there were no German diners to insult, no rodents in the kitchen and no dead guests to hide - just a few more grey hairs and wrinkles.

Jo Clements, Daily Mail, 7th May 2009

Cleese rules out return of Fawlty

The Fawlty Towers cast will never make another episode because they are "too old and tired", John Cleese has said.

Liam Allen, BBC News, 7th May 2009

Fawlty Dour

Fawlty Towers legend John Cleese blasted modern British TV comedy yesterday - claiming it is past its best.

Emma Cox, The Sun, 7th May 2009

Prunella Scales Interview

Prunella Scales answers various questions about the show.

Paul Hirons, TV Scoop, 7th May 2009

'It can't be anything other than a disaster'

John Cleese looks back on Fawlty Towers. In the 30 years since comedy last aired, has Cleese ever been tempted to make another episode himself?

Chortle, 6th May 2009

BBC rejected first episode of Fawlty Towers

John Cleese has said that the BBC originally dismissed Fawlty Towers as dire, as the cast of the popular sitcom were reunited for the 30th anniversary of the show.

Patrick Foster, The Times, 6th May 2009