Fawlty Towers

Fawlty Towers is a British television sitcom broadcast on BBC2 in 1975 and 1979. Just two series of six episodes were made. The show was created and written by John Cleese and Connie Booth, who also starred in the show and were married at the time of the first series, but divorced before recording the second series. The show was ranked first on a list of the 100 Greatest British Television Programmes drawn up by the British Film Institute in 2000. The series is set in Fawlty Towers, a fictional hotel in the seaside town of Torquay on the "English Riviera". The plots centre on the tense, rude and put-upon owner Basil Fawlty (Cleese), his bossy wife Sybil (Prunella Scales), the sensible chambermaid Polly (Booth) who often is the peacemaker and voice of reason, and the hapless and English-challenged Spanish waiter Manuel (Andrew Sachs), showing their attempts to run the hotel amidst farcical situations and an array of demanding and eccentric guests and tradespeople.

Genre: Comedy
Year:
1975
1,211 Views

Basil Fawlty:
Your NAME, please. Could I have your name?

Lord Melbury:
Melbury.

[the phone rings; Basil picks it up]

Basil Fawlty:
[to Melbury] One second, please.

Basil Fawlty:
[to phone] Hello?... Ah, yes, Mr. O'Reilly. Well, it's perfectly simple. Ah, when I asked you to build me a wall, I was rather hoping that instead of just, uh, dumping the bricks in a pile you might have found time to cement them together, you know, one on top of the other in the traditional fashion.

Basil Fawlty:
[to Melbury, testily] Could you fill it in, please?

Basil Fawlty:
[to phone] Oh, splendid! Ah, yes-yes-yes, ah, but WHEN, Mr O'Reilly?

Basil Fawlty:
[to Melbury, who is having difficulty with the register] There-there-there!

Basil Fawlty:
[to phone] Yes-yes-yes, but when? Yes, yes... yes, yes... ah!... the flu! Yes.

Basil Fawlty:
[to Melbury] BOTH names, please.

Basil Fawlty:
[to phone] Yes, I should have guessed, Mr. O'Reilly. That and the potato famine I suppose.

Lord Melbury:
I beg your pardon?

Basil Fawlty:
Would you put BOTH your names, please?

Basil Fawlty:
[to phone] Well, will you give me a DATE?

Lord Melbury:
Er... I only use one.

Basil Fawlty:
[with a withering look] You don't have a first name?

Lord Melbury:
No, I am Lord Melbury, so I simply sign "Melbury".

[there is a long, long pause]

Basil Fawlty:
[to phone] Go away.

Basil Fawlty:
[puts phone down] I'm SO sorry to have kept you waiting, your lordship. I DO apologize. Please, please, accept my forgiveness. Now, is there something, ah, something, anything, that I can do for you? Anything at all?

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