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 »

Director:

John Howard Davies (uncredited)

Writers:

John Cleese (by), Connie Booth (by)
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Cast

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
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Storyline

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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Genres:

Comedy

Certificate:

TV-PG | See all certifications »

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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

19 September 1975 (UK) See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Trivia

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 »

Goofs

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 »

Quotes

Basil Fawlty: [nice and then nasty] Hello, Lord Melbury - BASTARRRDDD!
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Crazy Credits

The "S" of the Fawlty Towers sign is displaced. See more »

Connections

Referenced in The John Cleese Interview (1998) See more »

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The writing was always on the wall, comedy gold!
28 January 2019 | by Sleepin_DragonSee all my reviews

I think they must have realised at the time they were on to a winner, I wonder if Cleese and Booth had imagined exactly what they'd created.

A Touch of Class is a truly magical episode, we're introduced to the lovable regulars, and some loathsome guests. Key Guest being Lord Melbury, who brings out Basil's inner snob. The dialogue between the two is a joy to behold, and the scene where Basil realises what Lord Melbury is doing is a moment of utter hilarity.

I'm reviewing this over forty years after it was transmitted, has there been a funnier sitcom? Don't think so. 10/10


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