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Fawlty Towers
Fawlty Towers cast
Cast of Fawlty Towers, left to right: (front) Prunella Scales, Connie Booth, and Andrew Sachs; (back) John Cleese
Created by John Cleese
Connie Booth
Starring John Cleese
Prunella Scales
Andrew Sachs
Connie Booth
Country of origin United Kingdom
No. of series 2
No. of episodes 12
Running time 30-35 minutes
Original network BBC
Original release 19 September 1975 –
25 October 1979

Fawlty Towers is a British television sitcom. It was broadcast by the BBC in two series, one in 1975, the other in 1979. Only twelve episodes were ever broadcast. However the show is still very popular with people. Fawlty Towers has influenced other comedies.

It is set in a hotel in the coastal Devon town of Torquay.

Main characters

Basil Fawlty
Cleese as Basil Fawlty

The owners of the hotel are Basil Fawlty (played by John Cleese) and his wife Sybil (Prunella Scales).

They are helped by Polly, a young British maid (Connie Booth) and Manuel, a clumsy waiter from Barcelona in Spain (Andrew Sachs).

In later episodes (from series two onwards) there is also a chef, Terry (Brian Hall).

Basil is a rude, angry man, who fought in the Korean War. He has been married to Sybil for fifteen years. Sybil and Basil do not love each other. Polly has a talent for painting, and this is shown in some episodes when her artwork is laid upon the front desk, annoying Basil. Manuel speaks only a little English and he often makes mistakes. When he makes a mistake Basil usually apologises to the guests by saying, "I'm so sorry, he's from Barcelona."

Other characters

The Major (Ballard Berkeley) is a regular guest; he's old and forgetful. The aged and easily shocked Miss Tibbs (Gilly Flower) and Miss Gatsby (Renee Roberts) are also regular guests.


There were twelve episodes of Fawlty Towers made.

The first six episodes were made in 1975, the last six in 1979. Fawlty Towers still has many fans, and many people regard it as the best comedy series made by the BBC. It was voted 5th in a poll in Britain to find "Britain's Best Sitcom" 2004.

The episodes, in order with date of first showing, are:

Season One

Season Two

Gleneagles Hotel, Torquay - - 1444339
The Gleneagles Hotel, Torquay, in mid-August 2009

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