Fawlty Towers (1975–1979)
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A Touch of Class 

Basil is delighted when a member of the aristocracy chooses to stay at the Fawlty Towers, snubbing the normal guests who frequent the hotel. What Basil does not know, however, is that the ... See full summary »


John Howard Davies (uncredited)


John Cleese (by), Connie Booth (by)

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Episode complete credited cast:
John Cleese ... Basil Fawlty
Prunella Scales ... Sybil Fawlty
Andrew Sachs ... Manuel
Connie Booth ... Polly Sherman
Michael Gwynn ... Lord Melbury
Robin Ellis ... Danny Brown
Ballard Berkeley ... Major Gowen
Martin Wyldeck ... Sir Richard Morris
David Simeon David Simeon ... Mr. Mackenzie
Terence Conoley Terence Conoley ... Mr. Wareing
Lionel Wheeler Lionel Wheeler ... Mr. Watson


Basil is delighted when a member of the aristocracy chooses to stay at the Fawlty Towers, snubbing the normal guests who frequent the hotel. What Basil does not know, however, is that the man is not a Lord but a confidence trickster who attempts to steal his collection of rare coins. As Basil's desperation to keep such an 'upstanding' guest increases, he becomes increasingly tolerant towards the man's behavior, only to have the guest arrested in a police raid on the hotel. Written by t

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Release Date:

19 September 1975 (UK) See more »

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1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


While £100 or £200 might not seem like such a large amount in the year 2017, adjusted for inflation this would have been the equivalent of about £950 or £1,915 in 1975. See more »


When everyone is cleaning up, there is a shadow of the boom mic on the wall. See more »


Basil Fawlty: [nice and then nasty] Hello, Lord Melbury - BASTARRRDDD!
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The "S" of the Fawlty Towers sign is displaced. See more »


References A Touch of Class (1973) See more »

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A Legend Is Born
11 July 2013 | by Theo RobertsonSee all my reviews

The words "Legend " and " Genius " are so over used they're in danger of becoming redundant , I mean we even get footballers being described as legends and geniuses which is a bit like awarding President Assad the Nobel peace prize but sometimes very occasionally these words are used correctly . FAWLTY TOWERS is a legendary situation comedy that is a work of genius

British comedy is reliant upon class differences . Class difference is a British value that thankfully isn't as bad as it was when I was a child which on the Island Of Bute was little different from the Hindu caste system with no social mobility allowed and this opening episode illustrates the British attitude to class perfectly

Basil Fawlty runs Fawlty Towers with his wife Sybil and a waitress called Polly and a Spanish waiter called Manuel helping - or is that hindering - them . Basil is hen pecked , brusque and is the worst kind of snob . When a Lord Melbury arrives sycophancy that borders on the brutal ensues

This episode is more than mere comedy involving sadistic cruelty such as Basil using Manuel as a literal and metaphorical punchbag or scathing sarcasm " Is there any part of the room you want us to stay away from " but also shows the real and dramatic consequences of jumping to conclusions of first impressions . It's comedy at its most sophisticated and still well regarded and as funny as it was nearly 40 years ago

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