Each week, we will be taking an in depth look at some of the best sitcoms and comedy shows from both the UK and the USA.
Today we will be looking at a comedy show that is one of the UKs best loved sitcoms and is a comedy classic – Fawlty Towers
Opening Titles / theme tune
Summary of Plot
Basil Fawlty is an inept and slightly out-of-his-head English hotel manager, who is tortured by “that annoying section of the general public who insist on staying at hotels.” Fawlty is constantly berated by his wife, and his efforts are continually hampered by their Spanish waiter, Manuel.- IMDb
Number of Seasons / Episodes
John Cleese – Basil Fawlty
Prunella Scales – Sybil Fawlty
Andrew Sachs – Manuel
Connie Booth – Polly Sherman
+ Andrew Sachs (Manuel) was paid damages by the BBC after a jacket was treated with acid by the special effects department to look as if it was on fire. It really did burn through to his skin and he still bears the scars.
+ Andrew Sachs is German by birth and was asked to dub his own lines into German when the series was exported. Being a native German speaker, he had no problem with the script, but it took him quite a while to work out how to speak German with a Spanish accent.
+ John Cleese (Basil Fawlty) and Connie Booth (Polly Sherman) were really husband and wife when they created and wrote the scripts for the first series. By the beginning of filming for the second season their marriage had fallen apart and they had divorced.
+ The production team spent nearly an hour editing each minute of every program, spending up to 25 hours on each show.
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