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Fawlty Towers 

Hotel owner Basil Fawlty's incompetence, short fuse, and arrogance form a combination that ensures accidents and trouble are never far away.
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1979   1975  
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Cast

Complete series cast summary:
John Cleese ...  Basil Fawlty 12 episodes, 1975-1979
Prunella Scales ...  Sybil Fawlty 12 episodes, 1975-1979
Andrew Sachs ...  Manuel 12 episodes, 1975-1979
Connie Booth ...  Polly Sherman 12 episodes, 1975-1979
Ballard Berkeley ...  Major Gowen 12 episodes, 1975-1979
Gilly Flower Gilly Flower ...  Miss Agatha Tibbs 12 episodes, 1975-1979
Renee Roberts Renee Roberts ...  Miss Ursula Gatsby 12 episodes, 1975-1979
Brian Hall ...  Terry 6 episodes, 1979
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Storyline

Inept and manic English hotel owner and manager, Basil Fawlty, isn't cut out for his job. He's intolerant, rude and paranoid. All hell frequently breaks loose as Basil tries to run the hotel, constantly under verbal (and sometime physical) attack from his unhelpful wife Sybil, and hindered by the incompetent, but easy target, Manuel; their Spanish waiter. Written by Rob Hartill

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Country:

UK

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English | Spanish

Release Date:

19 September 1975 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

Das verrückte Hotel - Fawlty Towers See more »

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Technical Specs

Runtime:

(12 episodes)

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

4:3
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Trivia

There are persistent rumors of a missing episode, which existed only in a rough-cut form, about a blackout in the hotel. This has been emphatically denied by cast, crew and writers, however, and there is no supportive BBC documentation for filming/recording dates. See more »

Goofs

In some episodes, the boom mic becomes visible and the cameraman corrects this by, among other things, zooming in on the scene. See more »

Quotes

American: Is this a Hotel or isn't it?
Basil Fawlty: Well, within reason.
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Crazy Credits

The Fawlty Towers hotel sign has its letters missing, or scrambled up to make new words. The sign presents a different error with each episode. See more »

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Referenced in Mystery Science Theater 3000: The Unearthly (1991) See more »

Soundtracks

Fawlty Towers
Written by Dennis Wilson
Performed by Dennis Wilson Quartet
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All Downhill From Here
20 October 2006 | by UACWSee all my reviews

Of all you'll ever see on the telly or the silver screen this has got to be the best. If you don't own this series you'll regret it - for if you rent it you'll be hard pressed to return it and everything you rent will be downhill afterwards.

Donald Sinclair goes into history as the most brilliantly rude hotelier ever and John Cleese and then spouse Connie Booth go into history as the best sitcom writer duo ever. The teleplays were meticulously written and rewritten and the acting is better than superb.

This series has been voted best television series of all time so many times now it's not funny. Odds are you will never laugh as hard as you do when you see this. And you won't tire of it quickly either.


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