Fawlty Towers

Fawlty Towers

Come and stay at Fawlty Towers, a lovely seaside hotel on the Torquay coast. The hotel is run by Basil Fawlty and his wife Sybil; the hired help includes Polly, the maid, and Manuel, the waiter/bellboy who doesn't speak much English, unfortunately... he's from Barcelona. There's Terry the cook to round things out, and some permanent guests to make conversation with.

Things never go quite the way they're supposed to at Fawlty Towers, and that's probably because Basil finds that the one thing he really despises about running a hotel is having to deal with the guests; and he doesn't take much trouble to hide that fact. Constantly sparring with Sybil over money, the help, the guests, and her telephone habits, Basil is always trying to come out on top, but never quite manages it. Each week brings a new hilarious problem for Basil to face; often these problems are of his own creation. His biting, sarcastic manner isn't always the best way to deal with these difficulties, but it's the way that Basil chooses, often with disastrously funny results.

Episode Info

Prev: 2x06 -- Basil the Rat (a.k.a. Rats) (Oct/25/1979)

Manuel has a pet: a Siberian Hamster; Basil, however, believes that the pet is not a hamster, but a rat, and orders Manuel to get rid of it before someone sees it... someone like the hotel inspectors who are coming around. Manuel loves his hamster though, and can't bear to lose it; unfortunately, this is exactly what he does. The hamster is loose in the hotel, and both Polly and Manuel rush to find him before either Basil or the hotel inspector sees it.

Available Episodes

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Oct 25, 1979
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Mar 26, 1979
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The Kipper and the C..
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Waldorf Salad
Mar 05, 1979
Season 2 episode 3

The Psychiatrist
Feb 26, 1979
Season 2 episode 2

Communication Proble..
Feb 19, 1979
Season 2 episode 1

The Germans
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Season 1 episode 6

John CleeseJohn Cleese
As Basil Fawlty
Prunella ScalesPrunella Scales
As Sybil Fawlty
Connie BoothConnie Booth
As Polly Sherman
Andrew SachsAndrew Sachs
As Manuel
Ballard BerkeleyBallard Berkeley
As The Major
Gilly FlowerGilly Flower
As Miss Tibbs
Renee RobertsRenee Roberts
As Miss Gatsby
Brian HallBrian Hall
As Terry (Series 2)


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Recurring Guests

Terence Conoley as Mr. Wareing (2 eps)
George Lee as Delivery Man (2 eps)
Elizabeth Benson as Mrs. Heath (2 eps)

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Classification: Scripted
Genre: Comedy
Status: Ended
Network: BBC TWO ( United Kingdom)
Runtime: 30 Minutes
Premiere: September 19, 1975
Ended: October 25, 1979
• Halløj på Badehotellet (Used In Denmark)
• Hotel Zacisze (Used In Poland)
• Hotell i særklasse (Used In Norway)
• Hotýlek (Used In Czech Republic)
• L'Hôtel en folie (Used In France)
• Pang i bygget (Used In Sweden)
• Pitkän Jussin majatalo (Used In Finland)
• Waczak szálló (Used In Hungary)
• Отель "Фолти-Тауэрс" (Used In Russia)
• Фолти Тауърс (Used In Bulgaria)
• המלון של פולטי (Used In Israel)
• ফল্টি টাওয়ার্স (Used In Brunei Darussalam)
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