Fawlty Towers (1975–1979)
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The Anniversary 

Basil plans a surprise anniversary party for Sybil but, thinking he's forgotten it again, she walks out just before the guests arrive.


Bob Spiers


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
Ken Campbell Ken Campbell ... Roger
Una Stubbs ... Alice
Robert Arnold Robert Arnold ... Arthur
Pat Keen Pat Keen ... Virginia
Roger Hume Roger Hume ... Reg
Denyse Alexander Denyse Alexander ... Kitty
Christine Shaw Christine Shaw ... Audrey
Ballard Berkeley ... Major Gowen
Gilly Flower Gilly Flower ... Miss Agatha Tibbs
Renee Roberts Renee Roberts ... Miss Ursula Gatsby
Brian Hall ... Terry


Outraged that Basil has forgotten their 15th wedding anniversary, Sybil leaves the hotel. But little does she know that Basil has indeed remembered and has invited some of their close friends to celebrate. How will Basil explain Sybil's absence? Written by Nadia Nassar

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26 March 1979 (UK) See more »

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1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


Polly (Connie Booth) says "Mr. Fawlty, you might even be having a nervous breakdown - I'm no expert". Since Connie Booth is now a fully qualifies psychotherapist, she could be an expert. See more »


Near the beginning, when Sybil goes into the office after speaking to Basil about the date, the lights are obviously on in the office, but when she walks out, it can just be seen on the right that the office is in complete darkness, and then when the shot changes back to the regular one in the lobby, the office is lit up again, without anyone going in there in the meantime. See more »


Manuel: [helping Basil improvise an excuse for his wife's absence at their anniversary party] Is surprise party?
Basil Fawlty: Yes!
Manuel: She no here.
Basil Fawlty: Right.
Manuel: That is surprise!
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The Fawlty Towers sign is re-arranged to spell Flowery Twats. See more »


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

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Another rather weak episode.
9 December 2017 | by BA_HarrisonSee all my reviews

Basil is planning a surprise party for his 15th wedding anniversary, having invited Sybil's friends over to help celebrate; unfortunately, Sybil believes that Basil has forgotten and leaves. To avoid embarrassment, Basil concocts a story about his wife having fallen ill, but this only causes more problems, with Polly having to pretend to be the sickly Sybil.

I thought that the story in the previous episode felt very forced, and the same thing applies here: why would Basil lie to his friends about Sybil having left the building? They would probably find the whole situation rather amusing and would be able to corroborate Basil's story should she arrive, but then that wouldn't allow for the craziness that ensues, would it?. Once again, the humour doesn't flow naturally.

With only one more episode to go, I can almost certainly say that the first series is far superior overall.

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