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Fawlty Towers: The Complete Collection Remastered [1975] (3 discs)

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Composer:Dennis Wilson [II]
Length:360 minutes
(6 hours 0 minute)
MPAA Rating:TV-PG
Sorting Category:TV Show
IMDB Rating:8.8/10
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Synopsis: Hotel owner Basil Fawlty's incompetence, short fuse, and arrogance form a combination that ensures accidents and trouble are never far away.


Reaction: Wonderfully funny and a hilariously classic show.


Personal Rating: 9/10

Select Guest Cast
Aimée Delamain => Mrs. Johnson (as Aimee Delamain) (The Psychiatrist)
Basil Henson => Dr. Abbott (The Psychiatrist)
Elspet Gray => Mrs. Abbott (The Psychiatrist)
Luan Peters => Raylene Miles (The Psychiatrist)
Nicky Henson => Mr. Johnson (The Psychiatrist)
Allan Cuthbertson => Colonel Hall (Gourmet Night)
André Maranne => André (Gourmet Night)
Ann Way => Mrs. Hall (Gourmet Night)
Betty Huntley-Wright => Mrs. Twitchen (Gourmet Night)
Richard Caldicot => Mr. Twitchen (Gourmet Night)
Steve Plytas => Kurt (Gourmet Night)
Annet Peters => Mrs. Wareing (A Touch of Class)
Martin Wyldeck => Sir Richard Morris (A Touch of Class)
Michael Gwynn => Lord Melbury (A Touch of Class)
Oscar Peck => Master Wareing (A Touch of Class)
Pat Symons => Lady Morris (A Touch of Class)
Robin Ellis => Danny Brown (A Touch of Class)
Terence Conoley => Mr. Wareing (A Touch of Class)
April Walker => Jean (The Wedding Party)
Trevor Adams => Alan (The Wedding Party)
Yvonne Gilan => Mrs. Peignoir (The Wedding Party)
Barney Dorman => Kerr - Workman #3 (The Builders)
David Kelly [II] => O'Reilly (The Builders)
James Appleby => Stubbs (The Builders)
Michael Cronin => Lurphy - Workman #1 (The Builders)
Michael Halsey => Jones - Workman #2 (The Builders)
Bernard Cribbins => Mr. Hutchinson (The Hotel Inspectors)
James Cossins => Mr. Walt (The Hotel Inspectors)
Bruce Boa => Mr. Harry Hamilton (Waldorf Salad)
Claire Nielson => Mrs. Hamilton (Waldorf Salad)
June Ellis => Mrs. Johnston (Waldorf Salad)
Terence Conoley => Mr. Johnston (Waldorf Salad)
Charles McKeown => Mr. Ingrams (The Kipper and the Corpse)
Derek Royle => Mr. Leeman (The Kipper and the Corpse)
Robert McBain => Mr. Xerxes (The Kipper and the Corpse)
Christine Shaw => Audrey (The Anniversary)
Denyse Alexander => Kitty (The Anniversary)
Ken Campbell => Roger (The Anniversary)
Pat Keen => Virginia (The Anniversary)
Robert Arnold => Arthur (The Anniversary)
Roger Hume => Reg (The Anniversary)
Una Stubbs => Alice (The Anniversary)
Claire Davenport => Mrs. Wilson (The Germans)
Della McCrae => Nurse (The Germans)
Iris Fry => Mrs. Sharp (The Germans)
John Lawrence => Mr. Sharp (The Germans)
Louis Mahoney => Doctor (The Germans)
Ronald Musgrove => Doctor (The Germans)
David Neville => Ronald (Basil the Rat)
James Taylor => Mr. Taylor (Basil the Rat)
John Quarmby => Mr. Carnegie (Basil the Rat)
Melody Lang => Mrs. Taylor (Basil the Rat)
Sabina Franklyn => Quentina (Basil the Rat)
Joan Sanderson => Mrs. Alice Richards (Communication Problems)
Robert Lankesheer => Mr. Thurston (Communication Problems)
Select Cast and Crew
Bob Spiers => Director
John Howard Davies => Director
Connie Booth => Writer / Polly Sherman
John Cleese => Writer / Basil Fawlty
Dennis Wilson [II] => Composer
Andrew Sachs => Manuel
Ballard Berkeley => Major Gowen
Brian Hall => Terry
Gilly Flower => Miss Agatha Tibbs
Prunella Scales => Sybil Fawlty
Renee Roberts => Miss Ursula Gatsby

Random Trivia For This Title:

  • Sybil's distinctive laugh was based on Connie Booth's.
  • Cleese advised Brian Hall to play second series chef Terry as if he was being sought by the police for an unspecified crime.
  • Andrew Sachs (Manuel) was paid damages by the BBC after a jacket was treated with acid by the special effects department to look as if it was on fire. It really did burn through to his skin and he still bears the scars.
  • John Cleese says in his DVD commentary that Prunella Scales was so unlike the character she played, the harpy Sybil Fawlty, that they had trouble getting the tenderhearted Scales to hit Basil or any other character who incurred Sybil's displeasure hard enough to make it look realistic and were constantly having to do retakes of her scenes.
  • [?] Martin Scorsese has said he is a great fan of [Fawlty Towers].
  • John Cleese (Basil) nearly knocked Andrew Sachs (Manuel) out with a heavy saucepan when the actor made an unexpected move during filming after five days of rehearsals. The hapless actor had a headache for two days.
  • The production team spent nearly an hour editing each minute of every program, spending up to 25 hours on each show.
  • Andrew Sachs is German by birth and was asked to dub his own lines into German when the series was exported. Being a native German speaker, he had no problem with the script, but it took him quite a while to work out how to speak German with a Spanish accent.
  • Each script took six weeks to write, five days to rehearse and one evening to record in the studio in front of a live audience - a total of 42 weeks to produce each series of six episodes.
  • The role of Sybil was initially offered to [?] Bridget Turner, who passed on it because she didn't feel it was right for her.
  • Basil and Sybil Fawlty were based on [?] Donald Sinclair and [?] Beatrice Sinclair, genuine hoteliers who ran the Gleneagles Hotel in Torquay where John Cleese stayed whilst filming on location in early May 1970 with the Monty Python team. Mr Sinclair's irascible antics included: berating Terry Gilliam for eating his meals in "too American" a way; throwing Eric Idle's briefcase over a wall because of a "bomb scare" (the scare was that Idle left the briefcase in the reception area); disbelief at Michael Palin asking to pre-book the Gleneagles TV to catch a show; after Graham Chapman requested an omelet made with three eggs, Sinclair brought him an omelet with three fried eggs perched on top. When asked by Cleese to call for a taxi, he argued with Cleese and took his time calling for the cab. Mrs Sinclair later complained that the sit-com had been unfair to her husband, and she described John Cleese as an "utter fool" who had "made millions out of our unhappiness". The Gleneagles Hotel, under new ownership, now runs Fawlty Towers weekends once a month where guests are looked after by actors who play the part of Basil, Sybil and Manuel. Interestingly, John Cleese would later star in Rat Race as a character called Donald Sinclair.
  • As the series progressed, each episode's opening shot of the Fawlty Towers hotel sign shows rearranged and misplaced letters. Variations include: Watery Fowls (with a kid seen adjusting it), Farty Tower, Flay Otters, Fatty Owls, Warty Towels, Flowery Twats and Farty Towels. Production team-member [?] Iain McLean supplied the hotel sign anagrams supposedly left by aggrieved paperboys.
  • John Cleese (Basil Fawlty) and Connie Booth (Polly Sherman) were really husband and wife when they created and wrote the scripts for the first series. By the beginning of filming for the second season their marriage had fallen apart and they had divorced.