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Fawlty Towers: Season 2: Episode 6 -- Manuel has been ordered to get rid of his pet rat before the health inspector pays a visit.  But the pet breaks away, leading the Major to trying to shoot the rodent in the bar.

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Seasons:
1 | 2
Release Date:
19 September 1975 (UK) See more »
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Plot:
Hotel owner Basil Fawlty's incompetence, short fuse, and arrogance form a combination that ensures accidents and trouble are never far away. Full summary »
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Awards:
5 wins & 2 nominations See more »
User Reviews:
He's from Barcelona... See more (133 total) »

Cast

 (Series Cast Summary - 8 of 13)

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 ... Miss Agatha Tibbs (12 episodes, 1975-1979)
Renee Roberts ... Miss Ursula Gatsby (12 episodes, 1975-1979)
Brian Hall ... Terry (6 episodes, 1979)
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Series Directed by
John Howard Davies (6 episodes, 1975)
Bob Spiers (6 episodes, 1979)
 
Series Writing credits
Connie Booth (12 episodes, 1975-1979)
John Cleese (12 episodes, 1975-1979)

Series Produced by
John Howard Davies .... producer (6 episodes, 1975)
Douglas Argent .... producer (6 episodes, 1979)
 
Series Original Music by
Dennis Wilson (12 episodes, 1975-1979)
 
Series Film Editing by
Susan Imrie (4 episodes, 1979)
Bob Rymer (3 episodes, 1975)
 
Series Production Design by
Peter Kindred (6 episodes, 1975)
Nigel Curzon (6 episodes, 1979)
 
Series Costume Design by
Mary Woods (6 episodes, 1975)
Caroline Hutchings (5 episodes, 1979)
 
Series Makeup Department
Jean Speak .... makeup artist (5 episodes, 1975)
Suzan Broad .... makeup artist (5 episodes, 1979)

Ann Rayment .... makeup designer (unknown episodes)
 
Series Sound Department
Mike Jones .... studio sound / sound (7 episodes, 1975-1979)
John Howell .... sound (5 episodes, 1975)
Bill Chesneau .... film sound (4 episodes, 1979)
 
Series Visual Effects by
Ken Bomphray .... visual effects (1 episode, 1975)
Peter Pegrum .... visual effects (1 episode, 1975)
 
Series Camera and Electrical Department
Ron Bristow .... studio lighting / lighting (6 episodes, 1979)
Geoff Shaw .... lighting (3 episodes, 1975)
Stanley Speel .... film cameraman (3 episodes, 1975)
Ron Koplick .... lighting (2 episodes, 1975)
Graham Banks .... focus puller (2 episodes, 1979)
Alec Curtis .... film cameraman (2 episodes, 1979)
Paul Wheeler .... film cameraman (2 episodes, 1979)
 
Series Editorial Department
Howard Dell .... videotape editor (4 episodes, 1979)
Bill Morton .... vision mixer (2 episodes, 1979)
Neil Pittaway .... videotape editor (2 episodes, 1979)
 
Series Other crew
John Kilby .... production assistant / production team (6 episodes, 1979)
Tony Guyan .... production assistant (5 episodes, 1975)
Iain McLean .... production team (2 episodes, 1979)
Penny Thompson .... production team (2 episodes, 1979)
 

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30 min (12 episodes)
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Certification:
Argentina:Atp | Australia:PG (DVD rating) | Australia:M (Remastered DVD) | Finland:K-3 (2003) | Norway:5 (video rating) | Singapore:PG | UK:PG | USA:TV-PG

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Trivia:
The building used for the exterior shots, on the grounds of Buckinghamshire's Wooburn Grange Country Club, was severely damaged by a fire in March of 1991. The building was subsequently demolished and 8 homes were later built on the grounds.See more »
Goofs:
Revealing mistakes: 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 has accidentally set off the burglar alarm during the fire drill, guests start walking out of the building thinking it's the fire alarm, but Basil stops them all in the lobby]
Mrs. Wilson:Oh I thought that was the drill.
Basil Fawlty:Yes there is, at twelve o'clock.
Mrs. Wilson:But, it is twelve o'clock.
Basil Fawlty:Well not quite.
[to guests that try to leave]
Basil Fawlty:Excuse me!
Mrs. Wilson:Well, I make it twelve o'clock.
Basil Fawlty:[to guests] Im afraid that wasn't the...
Mrs. Wilson:What time do you make it, Major?
[...]
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81 out of 91 people found the following review useful.
He's from Barcelona..., 7 December 2004
Author: Andy (film-critic) from Bookseller of the Blue Ridge

If you were to look up some of the most hysterical moments on the BBC, you would no doubtably come across two names. Those names would be John Cleese and Ricky Gervais. While Gervais recently found comedy through his program called 'The Office', Cleese has been providing wit, wisdom, and down-right hysteria for the past several decades. While away from his namesake (Monty Python), you can find Cleese comfortable in several other roles that showcase his bubbling talent. One of those programs just happens to be the funniest bit of crumpet called 'Fawlty Towers'.

Remembering this show when I was a child and was on our local PBS station, I eagerly bought it when it was released on DVD about a year ago. Since then, I have watched random episodes here and there but never fully taking in the enjoyment from watching it all. So, today I decided to sit down and watch this series from beginning to end and I have yet to finish laughing. If this program doesn't define comic genius, I don't know what does. Never have I witnessed a show that has continually been fresh, hysterical (I cannot use that word enough), real, and outlandish all at the same time. Normally, with our current television programming, you need to pick or choose which it will be, but thankfully 'Fawlty Towers' is all of these and many more.

Cleese remains in top form as Basil Fawlty, the owner/manager of the B&B that just happens to have his hands and over-worked imagination in everything. With the aid of his helpers Manuel (he's from Barcelona) and Polly (co-writer Connie Booth and ex-wife of Cleese), Cleese always seems to find himself in a heap of trouble with his wife Sybil (the dragon of the hotel). Armed with physical humor and a snake-like banter, we witness everything from a dead body, hotel inspectors, a failed anniversary party, a moose head, and a Himalayan rodent of sorts happen to this simple, everyday, B&B. This is not only a few of the episodes you will find in the complete set, but also the daily stress that Basil finds himself falling into daily.

This series, again, is hysterical. Cleese is the master of his trade while proving that he can manage any task thrown in front of him. While some will argue that he overshadows the rest of the cast, I would say 'hogwash' to that. My two favorite characters in this series were Major and Manuel. The comedy that they provide cannot be found on television today. All I need to say is thank God for the BBC.

Grade: ***** out of *****

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