Fawlty Towers is my all time comedy favourite. The characters and cast are magic. Basil is brilliant with his rudeness, paranoia, snobbishness, sarcasm. He utters several funny one liner insults to... Read moreeveryone. When Sybil had her ingrown toe nail removed, he grumpily muttered, "wish it was an ingrown tongue." This series also has Basil's classic, funny German walk. Andrew Sachs plays a marvelous Manuel - always an hilarious caper between him and Basil. The major, whom Basil under his breath calls "decrepit old sod" also provides a laugh or two with his dithering, senile antics. What makes FT one of a kind is the chemistry and perfect timing of the actors. I think FT is John Cleese's best work.
Welcome to the most celebrated hotel in television history. An establishment run by guest-hating owner Basil Fawlty, and his "little nest of vipers" wife, with hindrance of a confused waiter from Barcelona. With resident guests as mad as hatters, visitors guaranteed to infuriate and a maid desperate to restore sanity, this legendary farce produces more laughs than was ever thought possible in a situation comedy.
Starring John Cleese, Prunella Scales, Andrew Sachs and Connie Booth.
A Touch Of Class - Lord Melbury arrives, and Basil is only too pleased to cash in his Lordship's cheque...
The Builders - The lobby is in need of a face-lift and Basil immediately accepts the lowest quote for the job.
The Wedding Party - Basil's prudish nature is outraged by an outbreak of promiscuity at Fawlty Towers.
The Hotel Inspectors - Basil learns that the hotel inspectors are in the area, just after he has been exceptionally rude to a guest.
Gourmet Night - The cream of Torquay society is present for a special gourmet night at Fawlty Towers.
The Germans - While Sybil is in hospital, Basil encounters some German tourist and tells them the 'truth' about their fatherland.
Commentary by John Howard Davies
Communication Problems - Tangling with the intermittently death Mrs Richards leads Basil ever closer to a nervous breakdown.
The Psychiatrist - A visiting psychiatrist seems to find Basil rather facinating.
Waldorf Salad - An American guest demands quality service - something Basil is not very familiar with.
The Kipper And The Corpse - With total disregard for Basil's blood pressure, one of the guests dies in the hotel.
The Aniversary - Sybil flounces off to the golf course when Basil has apparently forgotten their 15th wedding aniversary.
Basil The Rat - Manuel insists that his pet rodent is a Siberian hamster. Basil is convinced that it's a rat.
Commentary by Bob Spiers.