Fawlty Towers, The Complete Collection (Remastered)
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The British sitcom by which all other British sitcoms must be judged, Fawlty Towers withstands multiple viewings, is eminently quotable ("don’t mention the war"), and stands up to this day as a jewel in the BBC's comedy crown. Fawlty Towers was famously inspired by a seethingly rude hotel proprietor John Cleese encountered whilst away filming with the Monty Python team. Unwittingly, Donald Sinclair became the blueprint for Basil Fawlty, the epitome of frustrated, social climbing middle-Englanders. Now digitally remastered.
|1||VideoA Touch of Class||Arrogant conceit compels Basil (John Cleese) to invite a higher class of clientele to Fawlty Towers ("rather than the riff-raff we normally get in here"). Lord Melbury's arrival is quite timely. Basil will do anything for the nobility. With great deference, the proprietor is only too happy to take his Lordship's money. Digitally remastered version.||30:18||£1.49||View in iTunes|
|2||VideoThe Builders||Once again being cheap causes a problem for Basil (John Cleese). Construction work needs to be done in the hotel lobby and, behind Sybil's back; Basil quickly accepts the lowest bid for the job. But he will soon discover why O'Reilly and his crew are so inexpensive. Digitally remastered version.||28:11||£1.49||View in iTunes|
|3||VideoThe Wedding||Basil is outraged when he thinks promiscuity is out of hand at Fawlty Towers. As usual, he trips himself up. In the end, he is caught by the guests in a compromising position with Manuel. Digitally remastered version.||33:16||£1.49||View in iTunes|
|4||VideoThe Hotel Inspectors||Hotel inspectors are in the area. Basil (John Cleese) is terrified that they will make their way to Fawlty Towers. It occurs to him that the guest he has been so rude to actually may be one of the inspectors. His rudeness turns to charm. Digitally remastered version.||28:45||£1.49||View in iTunes|
|5||VideoGourmet Night||A special gourmet night at Fawlty Towers will bring out the cream of Torquay society. The expectations could not be higher, but Basil's (John Cleese) chef is drunk. Desperate, he drives around in a beaten up old car looking for a replacement main course. Digitally remastered version.||28:33||£1.49||View in iTunes|
|6||VideoThe Germans||Sybil is in the hospital suffering from an in grown toenail. Basil (John Cleese) copes as best he can during her absence. A chaotic fire-drill at Fawlty Towers ends when Basil is knocked out by the moose's head mounted in the lobby. The now deranged host encounters his German guests and tells them the "truth" about their Fatherland. Contains language which some may find offensive. Digitally remastered version.||31:11||£1.49||View in iTunes|
|7||VideoCommunication Problems||Basil (John Cleese) makes the mistake of entrusting his gambling winnings to the Major; he makes a second mistake by taking on the sometimes deaf Mrs. Richards. Digitally remastered version.||31:21||£1.49||View in iTunes|
|8||VideoThe Psychiatrist||Basil (John Cleese) is enraged when a young tough is booked into the hotel. Clearly, Sybil is taken with him and he may have smuggled a young lady into his room. A psychiatrist arrives, this further irritates Basil. Digitally remastered version.||36:14||£1.49||View in iTunes|
|9||VideoWaldorf Salad||An American traveller demands a level of service beyond what is usually provided at the “Torquay Riviera.” When a guest requests a Waldorf salad the ordeal throws the kitchen into a tizzy. Digitally remastered version.||32:00||£1.49||View in iTunes|
|10||VideoThe Kipper & the Corpse||A panic stricken Basil (John Cleese) tries to cover up the fact that he served rotten fish to a guest who later dies in his bed. Digitally remastered version.||31:31||£1.49||View in iTunes|
|11||VideoAnniversary||Sybil thinks that Basil (John Cleese) has forgotten their 15th wedding anniversary, "not after what happened the last time he didn't remember." She mentions it to Polly. Actually, Basil has arranged a surprise party with Sybil's friends. Unfortunately Sybil decides to play golf and leaves Basil caught up in guests, lies and mayhem. Digitally remastered version.||29:05||£1.49||View in iTunes|
|12||VideoBasil the Rat||Manuel thinks he has purchased a Siberian hamster for a pet. Basil (John Cleese) is convinced that the gullible Spaniard has been sold a rat…just as the health inspector comes to the hotel. Digitally remastered version.||33:41||£1.49||View in iTunes|
|101||VideoJohn Cleese On Basil Fawlty||John Cleese talks about playing Basil Fawlty, focusing especially on the fact that Basil is the biggest coward alive! Sexual jealousy and class snobbery are also discussed in this fascinating interview, containing clips from the BBC comedy classic Fawlty Towers.||3:50||Series Only||View in iTunes|
|102||VideoJohn Cleese On the Beating the Car Scene||Basil Fawlty beating the car is one of the most memorable scenes from the BBC classic Fawlty Towers. Here John Cleese talks about the technical difficulty of producing such a fantastic comedy moment; it's all about the bendiness of the branch, apparently!||1:54||Series Only||View in iTunes|
|103||VideoJohn Cleese On Manuel and the Rat||John Cleese reminisces on the character of Manuel, taking his reference from waiters working in London at the time. A cheap employer who doesn't speak English makes for hilarious misunderstandings, especially when Manuel gets his own back with the rat incident!||2:39||Series Only||View in iTunes|
|104||VideoJohn Cleese On Polly||John Cleese talks about the character of Polly from the BBC comedy classic Fawlty Towers, revealing just how proud he is of some of Basil's scenes with her.||3:21||Series Only||View in iTunes|
|105||VideoJohn Cleese On Sybil||In the BBC comedy classic Fawlty Towers Sybil was a character designed to terrify Basil. She does just this as shown in this collection of clips from a special interview with John Cleese.||2:45||Series Only||View in iTunes|
|106||VideoJohn Cleese On the Dead Body||Bringing breakfast to one of the guests Basil fails to notice that he is dead! One of John Cleese's favourite episodes, here he talks about how they came up with the story over dinner. Classic comedy footage from BBC's Fawlty Towers.||2:28||Series Only||View in iTunes|
|107||VideoJohn Cleese On the Germans and Firedrill Episode||Did you know that the firedrill and the German scenes are from the same episode? John Cleese reveals more about the classic BBC comedy series Fawlty Towers in this special interview clip.||1:21||Series Only||View in iTunes|
|108||VideoJohn Cleese On the Moose Head Scene||John Cleese talks about the fantastic moose head scene from the BBC comedy classic Fawlty Towers. Ever a perfectionist, Cleese can notice a small mistake - can you?||1:10||Series Only||View in iTunes|
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Truly great comedies really are few and far between but this really has stood the test of time. The word genius is banded around far, far too often in this day and age but THIS fulfils every criteria required for being bestowed the masterpiece tag. I'm afraid Paul Addison I agree with my fellow reviewer. You have no idea what comedy is. Having said that, it's all down to personal preference. The fact that you don't like it is fair enough (albeit rather odd) but to give this national treasure one star based on your personal preference I would suggest is not what reviewing is all about. Love it or hate it, it's greatness cannot be denied and every time I watch this, like many many other people I laugh like a drain. Utter genius and I, like most professional reviews give this the 5 star rating it deserves.
Poor paul addison, it seems you dont really understand humour or you havent got a personality, what a fantastic bargain series, tre british comedy
British humour at it's best!
John cleese's role as an ilmannered and bad tempered hotel manager plays host to hilarious gags and punchlines making this undoubtedly one of many shining examples of British comedy.