Fawlty Towers

When John Cleese is involved you can be pretty sure you’re going to have a hit on your hands.

Fawlty Towers ran in the late 1970s and featured Basil Fawlty (Cleese) and his wife Sybil (Connie Booth) as the ill fitting couple trying desperately to make a success of a small Devon hotel against all the odds.

Basil, desperate to do everything on the cheap has hired an idiotic Spanish waiter that cannot speak English which doesn’t help matters. The show brings chaos and panic surging through us as we watch Basil stumble from one disaster to another. Whether it’s leaving his dirty handprint on a young guests breast, almost burning the hotel down or simply trying to hang a painting we get the joy of watching him try his hardest and get it all wrong, much to the aggressive annoyance of his wife.

I must have watched every episode of Fawley Towers 20 times and almost all of the jokes still make me laugh. I know exactly what’s coming and I still can’t help but make stupid giggling noises every time. Much like when women get undressed in front of me.

They only made two series of six episodes each which is a real shame. I would have loved to see more but it’s too late now. This lives in history as one of the funniest sitcoms ever made.

Comedy Simon says…

***** 5 stars

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