Fawlty Towers (1975–1979)
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The Wedding Party 

Basil Fawlty's puritanical streak comes out when a young couple he suspects of not being married tries to book a double room. He's ready to give them rooms on separate floors until Sybil ... See full summary »




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Episode complete credited cast:
Polly Sherman
Yvonne Gilan ...
Diana King ...
Trevor Adams ...
April Walker ...
Gilly Flower ...
Miss Agatha Tibbs
Renee Roberts ...
Miss Ursula Gatsby
Jay Neill ...
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Basil Fawlty's puritanical streak comes out when a young couple he suspects of not being married tries to book a double room. He's ready to give them rooms on separate floors until Sybil steps in. It turns out that the couple know Polly but when he sees her coming out of their room - she was trying on a dress her friend had brought her for the wedding they would be attending - Basil begins to think everyone has gone mad. All that's left is for another guest, Mrs. Peignoir, to get tipsy and make a pass at him. For Manuel, it's his birthday and a night of celebrating takes its toll. Written by garykmcd

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3 October 1975 (UK)  »

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When Basil hits Manuel over the head with a pan, the prop designer installed heavy padding in one of the pans. But during filming, John Cleese couldn't see in the dark and grabbed the wrong pan-one that was totally unpadded. Andrew Sachs was almost knocked unconscious and suffered a headache for days. See more »


Either the crew set the clock wrong or John Cleese (Basil) reads the wrong line when telling time. Basil and Sybil are in bed at night's conclusion, and the clock on the nightstand shows the time as 11:15 pm. Basil then goes downstairs to answer the doorbell rung by Mrs. Peignoir who has been out drinking late that evening. After she stumbles onto Basil, Alan and Jean enter the front door. Basil attempts to quickly talk his way out of the awkward look of he and Peignoir tangled upon the floor. During his quick, long rant, Basil shouts, "Look it's 10:15 already!" When he returns to his room, the clock on the nightstand now shows 11:20 pm. See more »


Basil Fawlty: I fought in the Korean War, you know. I killed four men!
Sybil Fawlty: [to guests] He was in the catering corps. He poisoned them.
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The 2nd "W" of the Fawlty Towers sign is displaced. See more »


References How to Murder Your Wife (1965) See more »

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Try And Remember The Time It Was Set In
11 July 2013 | by (Isle Of Bute , Scotland) – See all my reviews

I saw this episode when I was a child and because there was so much sexual innuendo the episode went right over my head . Sure I knew it was funny but didn't realise the reasons why it was funny . It's difficult to believe that a large audience would be watching this episode for the very first time but if they did they too may be puzzled by it and not for entirely different reasons

The reason is the world has moved on from the mid 1970s and rightly or wrongly we live in more liberal times . A young unmarried couple booking a room for the primary reason of sex wouldn't cause anyone to bat an eyelid . Not so in the mid 1970s when puritan hotel owners who drool over the editorial of the Daily Mail and feeling unclean walking past The News Of The World stand on a Sunday morning would expel any unmarried amorous couple and then close the hotel for a few hours while they fumigate the rooms

Bare this in mind and you'll have a lot of fun watching this episode which revolves around a comedy of errors and innuendo , in other words classic British comedy . The episode relies upon a bit too much coincidence of someone being in the right place and doing something to push the plot along but it's FAWLTY TOWERS so any small contrivance is forgivable . It also contains one of Basil's classic lines as he thinks up a quick witted excuse - " Oh what a terrible nightmare "

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