Fawlty Towers (1975–1979)
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The Germans 

A moose head to be hung, a fire drill to be conducted, and German guests are all a bit much for Basil to handle while Sybil's in hospital.

Director:

John Howard Davies (uncredited)

Writers:

John Cleese (by), Connie Booth (by)
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Cast

Episode cast overview, first billed only:
John Cleese ... Basil Fawlty
Prunella Scales ... Sybil Fawlty
Andrew Sachs ... Manuel
Connie Booth ... Polly Sherman
Ballard Berkeley ... Major Gowen
Claire Davenport Claire Davenport ... Mrs. Wilson
Gilly Flower Gilly Flower ... Miss Agatha Tibbs
Renee Roberts Renee Roberts ... Miss Ursula Gatsby
Brenda Cowling Brenda Cowling ... Sister
Louis Mahoney ... Doctor
John Lawrence John Lawrence ... Mr. Sharp
Iris Fry Iris Fry ... Mrs. Sharp
Willy Bowman Willy Bowman ... German Guest
Nick Kane Nick Kane ... German Guest
Lisa Bergmayr Lisa Bergmayr ... German Guest
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Storyline

With Sybil in hospital for a few days to have an operation for an ingrown toenail, Basil is left on his own at the hotel to cope with a group of German tourists and the need for the regular semi-annual fire drill. He's not having much success with either. The guests confuse the burglar alarm with the fire alarm and when Manuel does start a fire in the kitchen, no one pays attention. Basil suffers a rather severe blow to the head leading him to insult his German guests by making constant references to the war. Written by garykmcd

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Genres:

Comedy

Certificate:

TV-PG | See all certifications »

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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

24 October 1975 (UK) See more »

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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Trivia

The first German guest doesn't appear until 23 minutes into the episode. See more »

Goofs

During the fire drill, the guests insist that the burglar alarm is indistinguishable from the fire bell. Immediately after they claim not to have heard the fire bell. See more »

Quotes

Major Gowen: I must have been keen on her because I took her to see India.
Basil Fawlty: India?
Major Gowen: At The Oval.
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Alternate Versions

The jokes with the names of the Nazi-leaders were slightly altered for the German version to fit spelling in the German language. See more »

Connections

Referenced in Temptation: Battle of the Network Shows: Final (2007) See more »

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Don't Mention The War I May Mention It Once In My Review But I Think I'll Get Away With It Alright
11 December 2010 | by WakenPayneSee all my reviews

With Sybil in hospital for a few days to have an operation for an ingrown toenail, Basil is left on his own at the hotel to cope with a group of German tourists and the need for the regular semi-annual fire drill. He's not having much success with either. The guests confuse the burglar alarm with the fire alarm and when Manuel does start a fire in the kitchen, no one pays attention. Basil suffers a rather severe blow to the head leading him to insult his German guests by making constant references to the war. I Feel Powerless Reviewing This Episode...I Believe We Can All Agree This Is By Far One Of Fawlty Towers Best Episodes Along With "Communication Problems", "Basil The Rat", "The Hotel Inspectors", "The Psychaiatrist" & "Waldorf Salad" People May Not Agree With Every One Of My Choices But They Are All Good Episodes. This Is Simply TV Art. I Believe The Impersanation Of Hitler By Basil Will Be Played On John Cleese's Death Bed As One Of The Funniest Things He Has EVER Done If People Find That Offensive He Started It When He Invaded Poland...Sorry...Its Just That I Love This Episode So Much That There Is No Way That I Can Take A Review For It Seriously.

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