Fawlty Towers: Season 1, Episode 1

A Touch of Class (19 Sep. 1975)

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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 ... See full summary »




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Episode complete credited cast:
Michael Gwynn ...
Lord Melbury
Robin Ellis ...
Danny Brown
Ballard Berkeley ...
Martin Wyldeck ...
Sir Richard Morris
David Simeon ...
Mr. Mackenzie
Terence Conoley ...
Mr. Wareing
Lionel Wheeler ...
Mr. Watson


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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Actor Michael Gwynn, who plays Lord Melbury, died less than six months after this episode aired. See more »


When Basil slams the door after announcing that several visitors have to leave immediately, the wall the door was on wobbled, indicating it was a set wall. See more »


Basil Fawlty: [seeing Manual with three trays] Manuel.
Manuel: ¿Si?
Basil Fawlty: [speaking slowly] There is too much butter on those trays.
Manuel: ¿Que?
Basil Fawlty: There is too much butter... on... those... trays.
Manuel: No. No, no, senor. Not... not "on... those... trays"... No, sir.
Manuel: [counting the trays instructively] "Uno, dos, tres".
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Referenced in The John Cleese Interview (1998) See more »

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To me this is the best start to any show out there and it owns mr bean and the simpsons etc i like this episode because of the very fine acting and comedy from john cleese aka basil fawlty and also starring his wife sybil fawlty and the helpers polly and manual a french waiter from barcelona and of course lord malbury the talented conman who owns a couple of prisoners. Basil Fawlty is the greatest comedian or John Cleese as such out there for me that's the only reason this show is so good John Cleese Basil Fawlty although the Spanish waiter Manual does a great job well. This show owns everything on planet earth especially justice and freedom and hope

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