Fawlty Towers (1975–1979)
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Basil the Rat 

Basil and the rest of the staff are in deep trouble when the health inspector turns up and delivers an enormous list of problems with the hotel. Things become even worse when Manuel's rat gets loose in the hotel.



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Episode complete credited cast:
John Quarmby ...
Mr. Carnegie
Gilly Flower ...
Renee Roberts ...
David Neville ...
Sabina Franklyn ...
James Taylor ...
Mr. Taylor
Mrs. Taylor
Stuart Sherwin ...


Basil panics, yet again, when the food and health inspector pays his semi-annual visit. He has a a long list of complaints about the level of cleanliness in the kitchen and gives them 24 hours to clean up or he will shut them down. Sybil sets about tidying up the place but when Basil visits Manuel's room, he finds that he has been keeping a pet rat thinking it was a hamster. When the inspector returns the next day, pandemonium reigns as the rat has now escaped and the Major is trying to hunt it down with his shotgun. Written by garykmcd

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25 October 1979 (UK)  »

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John Cleese's favorite episode. See more »


In several episodes, for example "Basil the Rat" and "The Anniversary", we see a sign saying "Wooburn Grange Country Club" above the front driveway to Fawlty Towers. Wooburn Grange Country Club was the building filmed for the exterior of Fawlty Towers, it would seem the director forgot to remove this giant sign before filming. See more »


Terry: What the eye don't see, the chef gets away with.
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Referenced in The John Cleese Interview (1998) See more »

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The Funniest Episode Yet
13 July 2009 | by (Australia) – See all my reviews

I'm Not Saying that this is my favorite episode of Fawlty Towers but I'd like to say that this is by far the funniest episode of the entire Fawlty Towers Series I do loving see this one. Unless you're a fan of the Simpson's or futurama you'll love watching this fable episode and enjoy every second of it. hey if you like fawlty towers watch this one it's funny as hell. Basil the Rat is most likely the key to the funny side of the show and or episode plus basil fawlty and manual are very talented comedians though i like to call them the mario bros. talented episode 8/10 and to all you fellow Americans out there there is no excuse for criticising this show

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