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Fawlty Towers 

TV-PG | | Comedy | TV Series (1975–1979)
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Hotel owner Basil Fawlty's incompetence, short fuse, and arrogance form a combination that ensures accidents and trouble are never far away.
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1979   1975  
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Cast

Complete series cast summary:
John Cleese ...  Basil Fawlty 12 episodes, 1975-1979
Prunella Scales ...  Sybil Fawlty 12 episodes, 1975-1979
Andrew Sachs ...  Manuel 12 episodes, 1975-1979
Connie Booth ...  Polly Sherman 12 episodes, 1975-1979
Ballard Berkeley ...  Major Gowen 12 episodes, 1975-1979
Gilly Flower Gilly Flower ...  Miss Agatha Tibbs 12 episodes, 1975-1979
Renee Roberts Renee Roberts ...  Miss Ursula Gatsby 12 episodes, 1975-1979
Brian Hall ...  Terry 6 episodes, 1979
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Storyline

Inept and manic English hotel owner and manager, Basil Fawlty, isn't cut out for his job. He's intolerant, rude and paranoid. All hell frequently breaks loose as Basil tries to run the hotel, constantly under verbal (and sometime physical) attack from his unhelpful wife Sybil, and hindered by the incompetent, but easy target, Manuel; their Spanish waiter. Written by Rob Hartill

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Comedy

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Country:

UK

Language:

English | Spanish

Release Date:

19 September 1975 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

Das verrückte Hotel - Fawlty Towers See more »

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Technical Specs

Runtime:

(12 episodes)

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

4:3
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Trivia

John Cleese once inadvertently revealed in an interview that he had based Basil Fawlty on Mr Donald Sinclair, the owner of a hotel on the English south coast where he and the rest of the Pythons had stayed during filming for Monty Python's Flying Circus (1969). The press quickly tracked down the hotel and Mr Sinclair, but he reportedly refused to talk to them. According to Cleese, Mr Sinclair's daughter did speak to some journalists, and stated that she had never seen an episode of Fawlty Towers. After being shown Cleese's portrayal, her response was "Yup, that's Daddy". See more »

Goofs

The layout of the hotel does not match the exterior of the building in several spots: there should be bay windows on the kitchen and over the staircase, the bay window closest to the door in the dining room should be flat, and the entire part of the building where the bar is located doesn't exist. See more »

Quotes

Basil Fawlty: A blow on the head like that is worth two in the bush!
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Crazy Credits

The Fawlty Towers hotel sign has its letters missing, or scrambled up to make new words. The sign presents a different error with each episode. See more »

Alternate Versions

For German TV-runs the main-theme was changed to "funnier" music. See more »

Connections

Referenced in De slimste mens ter wereld: Episode #9.12 (2016) See more »

Soundtracks

Fawlty Towers
Written by Dennis Wilson
Performed by Dennis Wilson Quartet
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Brilliant
12 February 1999 | by BearLoverSee all my reviews

I consider this series one of the best comedies ever produced! Outstanding humor, exquisite physical comedy. It doesn't get any better than this!


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