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Manic, arrogant, sycophantic and sadistic, Basil Fawlty is the perfect vehicle for John Cleese’s comic brilliance. Basil is a much put-upon, hard-working hotel manager whose life is plagued by dead guests, hotel inspectors and riffraff.

Of course his biggest headache is his 'little nest of vipers' — his nagging wife Sibyl (Prunella Scales). Together they run their hotel, Fawlty Towers, with a little help from the unflappable Polly (Connie Booth), and Manuel (Andrew Sachs), the trainee waiter from Barcelona with marginally more intelligence than a monkey.

Everyone loves Fawlty Towers — except the poor, abused guests. Since that memorable mid 1970s evening when Basil first snarled and smarmed at his customers, it has become cult viewing in 61 countries world-wide, and has won 3 BAFTA awards.

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Description

Manic, arrogant, sycophantic and sadistic, Basil Fawlty is the perfect vehicle for John Cleese’s comic brilliance. Basil is a much put-upon, hard-working hotel manager whose life is plagued by dead guests, hotel inspectors and riffraff.

Of course his biggest headache is his 'little nest of vipers' — his nagging wife Sibyl (Prunella Scales). Together they run their hotel, Fawlty Towers, with a little help from the unflappable Polly (Connie Booth), and Manuel (Andrew Sachs), the trainee waiter from Barcelona with marginally more intelligence than a monkey.

Everyone loves Fawlty Towers — except the poor, abused guests. Since that memorable mid 1970s evening when Basil first snarled and smarmed at his customers, it has become cult viewing in 61 countries world-wide, and has won 3 BAFTA awards.

    • EPISODE 1

    A 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.

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    • 30 Minutes

    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.

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    • 30 Minutes
    • EPISODE 2

    The 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.

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    • 28 Minutes

    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.

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    • 28 Minutes
    • EPISODE 3

    The 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.

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    • 33 Minutes

    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.

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    • 33 Minutes
    • EPISODE 4

    The 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.

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    • 28 Minutes

    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.

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    • 28 Minutes
    • EPISODE 5

    Gourmet 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.

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    • 28 Minutes

    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.

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    • 28 Minutes
    • EPISODE 6

    The 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.

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    • 31 Minutes

    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.

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    • 31 Minutes
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