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British Comedy At It's Most Wonderful!
Member Name: kirstieksf
Date: 13/08/00, updated on 13/08/00 (47 review reads)
Advantages: John Cleese, Andrew Sachs, good script
Disadvantages: not politically correct enough for nowadays
John Cleese and Prunella Scales star as husband and wife Basil and Sybil Fawlty, who own and run Fawlty Towers, a small hotel in Torquay. Aided by the capable Polly (Connie Booth) and the not so capable Spanish waiter, Manuel (Andrew Sachs), their life is never straightforward, usually as a result of Basil not following his wife's instructions, or Manuel not following any instructions, because his English isn't good enough for him to understand them!
Fawlty Towers was written by John Cleese and Connie Booth, and is currently being repeated on BBC1 on Sunday nights. For many younger people, like myself, this may be the first time they have been able to see the whole series, as opposed to odd repeated episodes.
Although is has dated somewhat, and is in no way politically correct, Fawlty Towers is as funny now as it was in the 1970s. John Cleese is simply excellent as the henpecked Basil, always trying to avoid Sybil discovering the latest mishap. As Manuel, Andrew Sachs is permanently confused, and ends up causing even more chaos as he struggles to understand wht everyone actually wants him to do. Fawlty Towers is a prime example of what a great comedy should be, and I would definitely advise people to watch it.