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.
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
After the guest has told Basil that he will only be staying until Sunday, Basil walks from the dining room to the office, and the shadow of the camera following Basil can be seen and the reflection of the studio lights are visible in the picture above the drawing room door. See more
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Hello, Lord Melbury - BASTARRRDDD!
The "S" of the Fawlty Towers sign is displaced. See more
Referenced in The John Cleese Interview