Fawlty Towers (1975–1979)
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A Touch of Class 

Basil is delighted when a member of the aristocracy chooses to stay at the Fawlty Towers, snubbing the normal guests who frequent the hotel. What Basil does not know, however, is that the ... See full summary »

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Michael Gwynn ...
Lord Melbury
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Danny Brown
Ballard Berkeley ...
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Sir Richard Morris
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Mr. Mackenzie
Terence Conoley ...
Mr. Wareing
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Mr. Watson
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Basil is delighted when a member of the aristocracy chooses to stay at the Fawlty Towers, snubbing the normal guests who frequent the hotel. What Basil does not know, however, is that the man is not a Lord but a confidence trickster who attempts to steal his collection of rare coins. As Basil's desperation to keep such an 'upstanding' guest increases, he becomes increasingly tolerant towards the man's behavior, only to have the guest arrested in a police raid on the hotel. Written by t

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When the show was re-dubbed for Spanish audiences, Manuel (the boneheaded Spanish waiter) became an Italian. And when re-dubbed in Catalonia, he became a Mexican... since his character sadly has nothing to do with a standard Barcelona citizen. See more »

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When Basil is told that the Morrises are leaving, he goes running after them and his hair is messy. When he's outside his hair is neatly combed back. When he comes back into the hotel it's messy again. See more »

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Basil Fawlty: [nice and then nasty] Hello, Lord Melbury - BASTARRRDDD!
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Hello, and Goodbye, Lord Melbury
10 May 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

While it lacks the fast pace of most of the other episodes, "A Touch of Class" was certainly a classy way to get the series started. We're introduced to all the characters, not in great depth, but even a reference is made to the fallible construction worker Mr. O'Reilly, who would later make an appearance in all his fouled-up glory. Sybil is at her peak, nagging Basil to get fifty things done while she spends the day trying to catch up on the fifty things that he was supposed to do the day before. We get a good idea of Polly's role at the hotel (that of straight-man and organizer) and Manuel's probable intelligence deficiency. In retrospect, it's a bit saddening that Michael Gwynne, who played the conartist Lord Melbury so superbly, died less than a year after this was shot. Basil Fawlty would fawn over many such guests, but nothing beats the treatment he gives Melbury...and the payoff of Basil realizing that he was "had" is screamingly funny ("YOU BASTAAAARD!!")


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