Fawlty Towers (1975–1979)
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Gourmet Night 

The Fawltys are very pleased with their new chef, Kurt. He was recommended to them by their friend André who runs a nice restaurant in town. All in all, he's working out quite well and they... See full summary »




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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
André Maranne ...
Steve Plytas ...
Colonel Hall
Mrs. Hall
Mr. Twitchen
Betty Huntley-Wright ...
Mrs. Twitchen
Gilly Flower ...
Renee Roberts ...
Jeffrey Segal ...
Mr. Heath
Elizabeth Benson ...
Mrs. Heath


The Fawltys are very pleased with their new chef, Kurt. He was recommended to them by their friend André who runs a nice restaurant in town. All in all, he's working out quite well and they decide to have a gourmet evening on Thursdays to try and promote, in Basil's eye at any rate, a better class of clientèle. Kurt gets along well with everyone and seems to have a particular interest in Manuel. When the big day finally arrives, they find themselves with only four guests booked for the dining room - which Sybil puts down to Basil's advert in the local paper saying 'no riff-raff' - and there seems to be something about Kurt that André forgot to mention. It's pandemonium as a manic Basil tries to make up for their collective lapses. Written by garykmcd

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17 October 1975 (UK)  »

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Did You Know?


John Cleese did not learn to drive until a year after this episode was broadcast. A double was needed to drive the car. See more »


After Basil screams his threat at the car to "start in three seconds or else", he does not crank the engine during that time; he just sits there and hot-headedly counts off the seconds, without trying to start the engine again. See more »


Sybil Fawlty: Can I help?
Basil Fawlty: Yes. Go and kill yourself!
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Crazy Credits

The Fawlty Towers sign is re-arranged to spell Warty Towels (the "F" is missing). See more »


Referenced in The World's End (2013) See more »


I Cain't Say No
Music by Richard Rodgers
Lyrics by Oscar Hammerstein II
Performed by Connie Booth
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A Damn Good Thrashing
11 July 2013 | by (Isle Of Bute , Scotland) – See all my reviews

After seeing the multi-layered character that is Basil Fawlty this episodes reminds us what he's best remembered for - a brazen snob . It's Goumet Night and so no riff-raff . Having a gourmet night reminds me of something Groucho Marx said about never wanting to join a club that would have me as a member . After all who wants to spend a very expensive evening in the company of punters who are just there to splash money around on food that isn't worth it . I hope they choke on it . Oh hold on this is Fawlty Towers so my wish might just come true

This is one of the more farcical episodes and it says something about the well defined writing and acting that it never comes close to being silly as everything that could go wrong does as all sort of high jinx befall Basil's much vaunted gourmet night with a homosexual chef with a drink problem . Everyone will have their favourite scene and mine's is the the " damn good thrashing " scene . It's interesting in that a scene seems to be badly edited when someone vomits and the audience react in a genuinely disgusted manner which led me to believe the original seen might have been too graphic for broadcast

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