Fawlty Towers

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Fawlty Towers is a BBC television sitcom, that was first broadcast on BBC2 in 1975 and 1979. Twelve episodes were made (two series, each of six episodes). The show was written by John Cleese and his then-wife Connie Booth, both of whom also starred in the show.

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Cast

John CleeseJohn Cleese
 Basil Fawlty (12 episodes, 1975-1979)
Prunella ScalesPrunella Scales
 Sybil Fawlty (12 episodes, 1975-1979)
Andrew SachsAndrew Sachs
 Manuel (12 episodes, 1975-1979)
Connie BoothConnie Booth
 Polly Sherman (12 episodes, 1975-1979)

The theme’s composer, Leicester-born Dennis Wilson (1920–1989) wrote a lot of music for classic TV series and sitcoms. They included some episodes of Steptoe and Son, Till Death Us Do Part and Rising Damp.

Basil Fawlty: [seeing Manual with three trays] Manuel.
Manuel: ¿Si?
Basil Fawlty: [speaking slowly] There is too much butter on those trays.
Manuel: ¿Que?
Basil Fawlty: There is too much butter… on… those… trays.
Manuel: No. No, no, senor. Not… not ‘on… those… trays’… No, sir.
Manuel: [counting the trays instructively] ‘Uno, dos, tres’.

In some episodes, the boom mic becomes visible and the cameraman corrects this by, among other things, zooming in on the scene.

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The series is set in Fawlty Towers, a fictional hotel in the seaside town of Torquay, on the ‘English Riviera’. The plots centre around tense, rude and put-upon owner Basil Fawlty (Cleese), his bossy wife Sybil (Prunella Scales), a comparatively-normal chambermaid Polly (Booth), and hapless Spanish waiter Manuel (Andrew Sachs), showing their attempts to run the hotel amidst farcical situations and an array of demanding and eccentric guests.

In a list drawn up by the British Film Institute in 2000, voted by industry professionals, Fawlty Towers was named the best British television series of all time.

Mrs. Richards: And another thing. I booked a room with a view.
Basil: [quietly to Manuel] Deaf, mad and blind. [Goes to the window] Yes, this is the view as I remember it, yes, yes, this is it.
Mrs. Richards: When I pay for a room with a view, I expect something more interesting than that.
Basil: That is Torquay madam.
Mrs. Richards: Well it’s not good enough.
Basil: Well, may I ask what you expected to see out of a Torquay hotel bedroom window? Sydney Opera House, perhaps? The Hanging Gardens of Babylon? Herds of wildebeest sweeping majestically…?
Mrs. Richards: Don’t be silly. I expect to be able to see the sea.
Basil: You can see the sea. It’s over there between the land and the sky.

First episode date: 19 September 1975
Original network: BBC2
Writers: John Cleese, Connie Booth

Fawlty Towers” sign’s

At the beginning of each episode except one – an exterior shot of the Hotel and its sign was show. The letters in FAWLTY TOWERS were changed each week. Sometimes letters had simply fallen off, sometimes they had been maliciously rearranged into funny anagrams.

FAWLTY TOWERS
FAWLTY TOWER
FAWTY TOWER
FAWTY TOER
WARTY TOWELS
FLAY OTTERS
WATERY FOWLS
FATTY OWLS
FLOWERY TW- -S
FARTY TOWELS

QUIZ

In ‘The Hotel Inspectors’, What was the Profession of Mr Hutchinson (Bernard Cribbins) ?

  • CORRECT

    Bernard Cribbins

     

    Bernard Cribbins

     When Hutchinson reveals he had a wide experience of hotels, Basil assumes he is a covert hotel inspector, whereupon Basil’s attitude to the man switches from sarcasm to grovelling. It turns out (Sybil overhears a phone conversation) he is not a hotel inspector, but a spoon salesman. It is not revealed whether Mr Hutchinson knew about the hotel inspectors planning on making a visit and tries to play on this, or whether it is pure coincidence.

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