Bernard Black runs a book shop, though his customer service skills leave something to be desired. He hires Manny as an employee. Fran runs the shop next door. Between the three of them many adventures ensue.
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
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 »
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 »