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
Ballard Berkeley ...
Gilly Flower ...
Renee Roberts ...
David Neville ...
Sabina Franklyn ...
James Taylor ...
Mr. Taylor
Melody Lang ...
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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1.33 : 1
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John Cleese's favorite episode. See more »


The back door from the kitchen, leading to a backyard with various crates and the shed where Basil the rat is kept, is placed in such a way that the backyard would have been at the front of the hotel. See more »


Basil Fawlty: Can't we get you on Mastermind, Sybil? Next contestant: Mrs. Sybil Fawlty from Torquay. Specialist subject - the bleeding obvious.
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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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