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:
Yvonne Gilan ...
Conrad Phillips ...
Mr. Lloyd
Diana King ...
Mrs. Rachel Lloyd
Trevor Adams ...
April Walker ...
Gilly Flower ...
Renee Roberts ...
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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In the scene where 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 after this five-minute scene, the clock on the nightstand now now shows 11:20 pm. See more »


Basil Fawlty: How's Audrey?
Sybil Fawlty: She's in a terrible state.
Basil Fawlty: [absently] Ah, good, good.
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Referenced in The John Cleese Interview (1998) See more »

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We've Been to a Wedding
31 August 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

The title of this episode is kind of a misnomer, as the wedding element is really tertiary. It's quite funny, though - and sex is indeed the focus. Basil immediately gets his back up when a young couple, The Wilsons, come in and ask for a room. It turns out they are old friends of Polly's, who are in town to attend a wedding. As usual, Basil makes an ass out of himself when the young man comes down to the front desk to ask for "some batteries" (which Basil mistakes for 'sexual stimulants'!) The best moment comes when Basil passes by and hears erotic noises - immediately after which, Polly emerges from their room. Meanwhile, an attractive older French lady, Mrs. Peignoir, is tempting Basil, much to the consternation of Sybil - and Manuel is celebrating his birthday as best he knows how, in typical wild 'Barcelona' style. This episode doesn't doesn't have much of a climax or spectacular finish, but it's got the usual quota of laughs throughout.

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