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 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 »


[Basil has been distracted from getting drinks for several guests for a very long time]
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Welcome to the Classy Fawlty Towers
17 December 2008 | by (Rio de Janeiro, Brazil) – See all my reviews

Basil Fawlty wants to upgrade his hotel giving a touch of class and spends 40 pounds in an expensive advertisement in the newspaper to attract the upper class under the protest of his wife Sybil. While having troubles for communicating with his Spanish employee Manuel and hanging a picture for Sybil, the aristocratic Lord Melbury checks in for the delight of Basil. Basil dedicates his full attention to the lord, ignoring his usual guests. When Lord Melbury asks to cash a 200 pound check and to evaluate his collection of coins, Basil's employee Polly Sherman goes to the bank and meets MI5 undercover agent Brown that tells her the truth about Lord Melbury, for the disappointment of Basil.

"A Touch of Class" is the opening of this hilarious series, where the characters and the Fawlty Towers are introduced. The jokes and gags flow in a fast pace, with John Cleese magnificent as usual performing a man that wants to be sophisticated. But Andrew Sachs is fantastic in the role of Manuel, a bellboy and waiter that can neither speak English nor communicate with Fawlty, who claims to know "Classic Spanish". This series was recommended by a friend of mine and I really liked this first show. My vote is eight.

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