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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

Language:

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

Each script took six weeks to write, five days to rehearse and one evening to record in the studio in front of a live audience - a total of 42 weeks to produce each series of six episodes. 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

Basil Fawlty: Next contestant, Mrs. Sybil Fawlty from Torquay. Specialist subject - the bleeding obvious.
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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 »

Alternate Versions

When the show was dubbed for Spanish audiences, Manuel became an Italian. See more »

Connections

Referenced in Being Human: Lia (2011) See more »

Soundtracks

Fawlty Towers
Written by Dennis Wilson
Performed by Dennis Wilson Quartet
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Hilarious romp
6 May 1999 | by Bison74See all my reviews

This is quite possibly the funniest set of videos I have ever seen. There were situations here that had me laughing so hard my sides ached. What makes it so magical is an incredible sense of timing topped with Cleese's flawless physical humor. To add to this a supporting cast who can literally "dance" around these two aspects makes for a symmetry so perfect that it'll leave you in tears. I would recommend any one of the videos in this set.


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