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Fawlty Towers ()


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  • TV-PG
  • 30min
  • Comedy
  • TV Series


Seasons: 2 1 Years: 1979 1975

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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  Basil Fawlty (12 episodes, 1975-1979)
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  Sybil Fawlty (12 episodes, 1975-1979)
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  Manuel (12 episodes, 1975-1979)
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  Polly Sherman (12 episodes, 1975-1979)
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  Major Gowen (12 episodes, 1975-1979)
Gilly Flower ...
  Miss Agatha Tibbs (12 episodes, 1975-1979)
Renee Roberts ...
  Miss Ursula Gatsby (12 episodes, 1975-1979)
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  Terry (6 episodes, 1979)
Terence Conoley ...
  Mr. Johnston / ... (2 episodes, 1975-1979)
Elizabeth Benson ...
  Mrs. Heath / ... (2 episodes, 1975-1979)
George Lee ...
  Delivery Man / ... (2 episodes, 1975-1979)
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  Mr. Hutchinson (1 episode, 1975)
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  Lord Melbury (1 episode, 1975)
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  André (1 episode, 1975)
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  Mr. Harry Hamilton (1 episode, 1979)
Ken Campbell ...
  Roger (1 episode, 1979)
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  Mr. Johnson (1 episode, 1979)
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  Dr. Price (1 episode, 1979)
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  Mr. Carnegie (1 episode, 1979)
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  Mrs. Alice Richards (1 episode, 1979)
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  Mr. Walt (1 episode, 1975)
Claire Davenport ...
  Mrs. Wilson (1 episode, 1975)
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  Danny Brown (1 episode, 1975)
Yvonne Gilan ...
  Mrs. Peignoir (1 episode, 1975)
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  O'Reilly (1 episode, 1975)
Steve Plytas ...
  Kurt (1 episode, 1975)
Basil Henson ...
  Dr. Abbott (1 episode, 1979)
Claire Nielson ...
  Mrs. Hamilton (1 episode, 1979)
Mavis Pugh ...
  Mrs. Chase (1 episode, 1979)
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  Alice (1 episode, 1979)
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  Colonel Hall (1 episode, 1975)
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  Mr. Lloyd (1 episode, 1975)
Robert Arnold ...
  Arthur (1 episode, 1979)
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  Mr. Arrad (1 episode, 1979)
Richard Davies ...
  Mr. White (1 episode, 1979)
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  Mrs. Abbott (1 episode, 1979)
Diana King ...
  Mrs. Rachel Lloyd (1 episode, 1975)
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  Mrs. Hall (1 episode, 1975)
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  Sir Richard Morris (1 episode, 1975)
Pat Keen ...
  Virginia (1 episode, 1979)
Stella Tanner ...
  Mrs. Arrad (1 episode, 1979)
Trevor Adams ...
  Alan (1 episode, 1975)
James Appleby ...
  Stubbs (1 episode, 1975)
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  Mr. Twitchen (1 episode, 1975)
Brenda Cowling ...
  Sister (1 episode, 1975)
David Simeon ...
  Mr. Mackenzie (1 episode, 1975)
Roger Hume ...
  Reg (1 episode, 1979)
Betty Huntley-Wright ...
  Mrs. Twitchen (1 episode, 1975)
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  Doctor (1 episode, 1975)
Geoffrey Morris ...
  John (1 episode, 1975)

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Plot Summary

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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Also Known As
  • L'hôtel en folie (France)
  • Das verrückte Hotel - Fawlty Towers (Germany)
  • Hotel Fawlty (Spain, Catalan title)
  • Hotel Fawlty (Spain)
  • Отель «Фолти Тауэрс» (Soviet Union, Russian title)
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  • 30 min
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Trivia Andrew Sachs (Manuel) was paid damages for his injuries by the BBC after a jacket was treated with acid by the special effects department to look as if it was on fire. It really did burn through to his skin and he bore the scars for a long time until they peeled off. See more »
Goofs When seen from the inside, the pathway leading from the front door veers to the right. However, outside shots reveal the pathway continues straight on after the door. See more »
Movie Connections Featured in The Pythons (1979). See more »
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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 »
Quotes Basil Fawlty: Your *name*, please, could I have your name?
Lord Melbury: Melbury.
[the phone rings; Basil picks it up]
Basil Fawlty: [to Melbury] One second please.
[to phone]
Basil Fawlty: Hello?... Ah, yes Mr O'Reilly, well it's perfectly simple. When I asked you to build me a wall I was rather hoping that instead of just dumping the bricks in a pile you might have found time to cement them together... you know, one on top of another, in the traditional fashion.
[to Melbury, testily]
Basil Fawlty: Could you fill it in, please?
[to phone]
Basil Fawlty: Oh, splendid! Ah, yes, but *when*, Mr O'Reilly?
[to Melbury, who is having difficulty with the register]
Basil Fawlty: there - there!
[to phone]
Basil Fawlty: Yes, but when? Yes, yes... ah!... the flu!
[to Melbury]
Basil Fawlty: *Both* names, please.
[to phone]
Basil Fawlty: Yes, I should have guessed, Mr. O'Reilly that and the potato famine I suppose...
Lord Melbury: I beg your pardon?
Basil Fawlty: Would you put *both* your names, please?...
[to phone]
Basil Fawlty: Well, will you give me a *date*?
Lord Melbury: Er... I only use one.
Basil Fawlty: [with a withering look] You don't have a first name?
Lord Melbury: No, I am *Lord* Melbury, so I simply sign myself "Melbury".
[there is a long, long pause]
Basil Fawlty: [to phone] Go away.
[puts phone down]
Basil Fawlty: ... I'm *so* sorry to have kept you waiting, your lordship... I *do* apologize, *please* forgive me. Now, was there something, is there something, anything, I can do for you? Anything at all?
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