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Fawlty Towers, Coronation Street: Actor Andrew Sachs Dies at 86

2 December 2016 2:59 PM, PST | | See recent TVSeriesFinale news »

We regret to report that German-born British actor Andrew Sachs has died at the age of 86. While his death was announced last night, Deadline report Sachs passed away on November 23rd, in a London nursing home.Active on the stage, as well as both the big and small screens, Sachs is perhaps best known for playing Spanish waiter Manuel in the Fawlty Towers TV show, opposite John Cleese. Only two seasons totaling 12 episodes of the classic comedy series were ever made. Cleese produced the BBC Two sitcom with then-wife Connie Booth, but the couple divorced after the first season ran in 1975. Season two did not air until 1979. Us viewers may have caught the sitcom on PBS.Read More… »


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Andrew Sachs, 'Fawlty Towers' Actor, Dies at 86

1 December 2016 3:51 PM, PST | The Hollywood Reporter - TV News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - TV News news »

Andrew Sachs, who played the Spanish waiter Manuel on the beloved 1970s British TV series Fawlty Towers, has died. He was 86.

The actor died Nov. 23, according to several British reports. His wife Melody told the Daily Mail that Sachs was diagnosed with dementia and died in a private-care home after a four-year battle with the disease. 

Aside from acting opposite John Cleese on the BBC comedy (Cleese created the series with his wife, Connie Booth), Sachs also appeared on Doctor Who, The History of Mr. Polly and Radio 4’s Jeeves and Wooster.

Eight years ago, Sachs fell prey to prank phone »

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Fawlty Towers Live review – a fun but pointless adaptation from screen to stage

20 August 2016 8:00 PM, PDT | The Guardian - TV News | See recent The Guardian - TV News news »

Roslyn Packer Theatre, Sydney

John Cleese’s production looks and sounds almost exactly like it did on TV, but it would be cheaper – and probably more fulfilling – to rewatch episodes at home

With storylines, dialogues and physical gags cannibalised from the beloved 1970s TV show, Fawlty Towers Live is little more than a sophisticated form of merchandise – a commercialised machine raking in dollars with its high ticket prices and the opportunity to buy a branded bathrobe ($80) at interval.

John Cleese and director Caroline Jay Ranger (Monty Python Live at the O2) have taken three Fawlty Towers episodes and reworked them for the stage: series one’s The Hotel Inspectors and The Germans, and series two’s Communication Problems. They are woven together – quite solidly – into one story, using so much dialogue and structure and conversation from the original series that a writing credit for the show is also given to »

- Cassie Tongue

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Reviews: "The Hound Of The Baskervilles" (1983) And "The Sign Of Four" (1983) Starring Ian Richardson; Blu-ray Releases From Second Sight

10 May 2016 10:54 AM, PDT | | See recent CinemaRetro news »

By Tim Greaves

Numerous actors have occupied the role of Sherlock Holmes over the decades, some more suited to the shoes of author Arthur Conan Doyle's famous consulting detective than others. One of the finest portrayals is that by Ian Richardson. Yet, sadly, his is also one that is often overlooked, not leastways because he played the character just twice (in a pair of 1983 films made for television), but also because his light was to be quickly eclipsed a year later by the arrival on TV screens of Jeremy Brett, whose interpretation of Holmes is considered by many to be the definitive one.

Sy Weintraub – who produced several Tarzan movies throughout the 60s and was executive producer on the popular long-running Ron Ely TV series –teamed up with Otto Plaschkes (whose producer credits include Georgie Girl and The Holcroft Covenant) with the intention of making several Holmes adventures headlining Richardson. »

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Fawlty Towers: Hotel that Inspired John Cleese Series to Be Demolished

18 March 2016 1:14 PM, PDT | | See recent TVSeriesFinale news »

The Torquay hotel that inspired John Cleese and Connie Booth to create Fawlty Towers is being demolished. The Guardian reports that retirement flats will be built in its place. Cleese and Booth starred in the BBC Two sitcom with Prunella Scales and Andrew Sachs. Fawlty Towers ran for two non-concurrent series (seasons) in 1975 and 1979.

The Monty Python comedy group (aka The Pythons) reportedly stayed at Torquay's Gleneagles Hotel in the early '70s, while shooting Monty Python's Flying Circus. Flabbergasted by the rude behavior of then-owners Donald and Beatrice Sinclair, most of the team moved on. Booth and Cleese, who were married at the time, stayed on to study the couple's behavior. Per The Guardian, Cleese described Mr. Sinclair as "the most wonderfully rude man I have ever met."



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