Fawlty Towers

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John Cleese both wrote and starred in this acclaimed British sitcom, in which he plays Basil Fawlty, the short-tempered owner of a failing guest house in the resort district of Torquay. Arrogant Basil, his self-centered wife Sybil (Prunella Scales), inept waiter Manuel (Andrew Sachs), and remarkably good-natured waitress Polly (Connie Booth) do their best to try to attract customers, but Basil always has a way of turning any situation to his disadvantage. This four-volume set features the show's entire ...
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Overview

John Cleese both wrote and starred in this acclaimed British sitcom, in which he plays Basil Fawlty, the short-tempered owner of a failing guest house in the resort district of Torquay. Arrogant Basil, his self-centered wife Sybil (Prunella Scales), inept waiter Manuel (Andrew Sachs), and remarkably good-natured waitress Polly (Connie Booth) do their best to try to attract customers, but Basil always has a way of turning any situation to his disadvantage. This four-volume set features the show's entire twelve-episode run, including "The Germans, "The Hotel Inspectors, "A Touch of Class, "The Builders, "The Wedding Party, "The Psychiatrist, "The Kipper and the Corpse, "Gourmet Night, "Waldorf Salad, "Basil the Rat, "The Anniversary, and "Communication Problems." The videos also feature brief introductory comments about the production of the series from John Cleese.
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Barnes & Noble - Pete Segall
While working with Monty Python, John Cleese stayed at a hotel in the British coastal resort town of Torquay whose manager was "wonderfully rude," meaning that when Cleese asked him what time the next bus out of town was, the manager threw the bus schedule at him and told Cleese to look it up himself. This manager also threw Eric Idle's suitcase into the street, believing it was a bomb after Idle left it unattended for a moment, and repeatedly chided the table manners of American Pythoner Terry Gilliam. This "wonderfully rude" character left such an impression on Cleese that he sat down with his wife and writing partner Connie Booth and created Fawlty Towers, a comedy about the world's most obnoxious hotel manager, in a seaside resort town in Britain. The show only ran for 12 episodes on the BBC, two six episode stints in 1975 and 1979, and Fawlty Towers has become one of the most widely recognized and admired British TV programs of all time. The British Film Institute recently ranked it as the best British TV program ever. Cleese starred as Basil Fawlty, the overbearing, xenophobic, cosmically rude hotel manager, Prunella Scales played his faithful gossipy wife Sybil, and Andrew Sachs played the dimwitted, endearing Spanish waiter Manuel, whose poor grasp of generally everything -- including English -- causes Basil interminable grief. Fawlty Towers combined the best of Britcoms: a dry wit, a healthy sense of absurdism, and a streak of bawdy humor and bodily function jokes that normally make American TV producers cringe. Fawlty Towers's legacy is very sturdy today on all sides of the Atlantic, and should be a welcome sight for anyone whose grown weary of the repetitive state of sitcoms today.
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It's Cleese's sheer loose-limbed abandon and the series' door-slamming anarchy that have formed a comedic legacy deservingly disproportionate to its mere 12-episode run. Mike Flaherty
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 7/7/2000
  • UPC: 794051142337
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  • Source: BBC WARNER
  • Presentation: 4 Pack
  • Format: VHS

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 2, 2002

    I NOW OWN FAWLTY TOWERS !!!

    I bought Hotel Gleneagles in Torquay in 1999 and the amount of visitors we still get coming in to see the Hotel as Fawlty Towers is quite amazing, even though the filming was not done here, butin a Hotel in or near Staines in middlesex, I understand that this original builing has now burnt down, but Hotel Gleneagles in Asheldon Road, Torquay is where John Clsses and Connie Booth got the inspiration for the series based on the owner at that time, Donald Sinclair. I now own four Hotels in Torquay, but Gleneagles has a special place in my heart as I consider Fawlty Towers to be the funniest TV show of all time.

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