The British Sitcom Guide

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Fawlty Towers 1975 & 1979 (BBC) 12 (2 series) John Cleese, Prunella Scales, Connie Booth, Andrew Sachs John Cleese, Connie Booth John Howard Davies, Bob Spiers British Broadcasting Corporation Fawlty Towers is set in a 1970s Torquay hotel. Basil Fawlty, the owner of the establishment, is a man of infinite rudeness with a rabid dislike of guests. His wife Sybil seems immune to work and so it's down to poor Polly the waitress to get Basil out of trouble. Meanwhile the Spanish porter Manuel is just trying to learn a spot of English. Fawlty Towers is now considered, quite rightly, one of the greatest sitcoms of all time. The global success it has achieved is quite a feat considering only 12 episodes of this classic exist. The programme is a magic formula of fantastic writing, brilliant acting, perfect comic timing and flamboyant characterisation. Fawlty Towers is a must-see comedy masterpiece and, as far as the BSG is concerned, the funniest and all round most brilliant sitcom ever made (and we've seen hundreds)!

Notes: The terrible American sitcom "Payne" was based on this show. Use the menu bar on the left to access more information