The Complete Fawlty Towers

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What did Basil Fawlty fail to avoid mentioning? Why did Sybil keep snagging her cardies? Where was Polly on the night of the great wedding anniversary disaster? And what is the Spanish word for "donkey"?The answer to all these questions can be found in this, the complete and unexpurgated scripts of Fawlty Towers—the most celebrated "Brit-com" of all time, and the show was voted the top UK television series ever by the British Film Institute. The snobbish, manic Basil...his over-coiffeured, domineering wife ...

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Overview

What did Basil Fawlty fail to avoid mentioning? Why did Sybil keep snagging her cardies? Where was Polly on the night of the great wedding anniversary disaster? And what is the Spanish word for "donkey"?The answer to all these questions can be found in this, the complete and unexpurgated scripts of Fawlty Towers—the most celebrated "Brit-com" of all time, and the show was voted the top UK television series ever by the British Film Institute. The snobbish, manic Basil...his over-coiffeured, domineering wife Sybil...the hopeless but ever-hopeful waiter Manuel...the calm and capable Polly...and of course the steady stream of abused guests—all live again in the pages of The Complete Fawlty Towers. Gahan Wilson in the New York Times has called John Cleese "arguably one of the funniest people now living." And as one British periodical (Literary Review) put it, the book is "superbly well written. If you're on a bus and can't see Basil Fawlty thrashing his car with a large branch, it is some compensation to read it happening." Or as one anonymous fan put it on-line: "Yes, it's all here, all the comedy, the frustration, the dead body, even the rat."

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Editorial Reviews

Library Journal
Following in the footsteps of publications of the scripts of the Goon Show and Monty Python , the writers of the British TV comedy Fawlty Towers are publishing the complete scripts to all 12 episodes of the series. First shown in Britain in 1975 and 1976, the short-lived series about the slapstick mismanagement of a small British hotel has become a cult classic which has been rerun often on American television. With no additional commentary and only 15 illustrations, the scripts stand alone and will appeal to hard-core fans of the series.-- Marcia L. Perry, Berkshire Athenaeum, Pittsfield, Mass.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780306810725
  • Publisher: Da Capo Press
  • Publication date: 10/4/2001
  • Pages: 356
  • Sales rank: 823,958
  • Product dimensions: 0.79 (w) x 5.50 (h) x 8.50 (d)

Meet the Author

John Cleese is a multi-talented actor and author who lists his recreations in Who's Who as "gluttony and sloth." At 6' 4 3/4" he is exactly the same height as Basil Fawlty. Connie Booth, who was formerly married to John Cleese, was an oasis of sanity in Fawlty Towers as Polly.

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Table of Contents

A Touch of Class 1
The Builders 25
The Wedding Party 49
The Hotel Inspectors 77
Gourmet Night 105
The Germans 133
Communication Problems 159
The Psychiatrist 187
Waldorf Salad 217
The Kipper and the Corpse 245
The Anniversary 277
Basil the Rat 305
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 26, 2009

    intersting and entertaining

    This is a great book for Fawlty Towers fans as it contains all the original scripts. It is amusing and when you see the script in writing it helps you pick up words you might miss on the episodes

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