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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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 »


When Polly rings the bell at reception to get Basil's attention, he lays the cases of coins on the counter. Polly finally convinces him to go into the office to talk, leaving the cases on the counter. When they return to meet the Morrises, the cases are gone. See more »


Basil Fawlty: [chasing after Sir Richard Morris, who is leaving] Where are you going? Where are you going?
Sir Richard Morris: We're leaving!
Basil Fawlty: Oh, don't - please stay - you'll like it here.
Sir Richard Morris: I've never been to such a place in my life!
[they drive off]
Basil Fawlty: [yelling after them] You snobs! You stupid... stuck-up... toffee-nosed... half-witted... upper-class piles of... pus!
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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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