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  BBC - Comedy Guide - Fawlty Towers
Basil Fawlty, a frustrated, angry, short-tempered, super-snobbish misanthrope, is the very antithesis of the sort of person who should run a hotel, where a calm demeanour, winning smile, patience and a desire to make guests feel at home are the required attributes.
But run a hotel Basil does, the quaint Fawlty Towers, or, rather, he runs it jointly with his formidable wife Sybil, a woman who has the ability to exude the required superficialities but is monstrously vitriolic towards her husband.
To help run the hotel the Fawltys employ Polly, a sensible, down-to-earth maid/waitress who is often embroiled in Basil's schemes and their inevitably disastrous consequences, being forced to lie on his behalf or extricate him from trouble (for which he rarely thanks her since she is merely an underling, the hired help).
www.bbc.co.uk /comedy/guide/articles/f/fawltytowers_7772600.shtml   (1197 words)

  Fawlty Towers
Considered to be one of the finest and funniest examples of British situation comedy, Fawlty Towers has become a critical and popular success throughout the world to the extent that all twelve of its episodes can stand as classics in their own right.
Yet Fawlty Towers stood out from the commonplace through its intensity of pace and exceptional characterisation and performance, with the result that otherwise simple narratives were propelled, through the pandemonium generated by Basil and Sybil's prickly relationship, to absurd conclusions.
Fawlty Towers turned on their relationship--an uneasy truce of withering looks and acidic banter born of her continual impatience at his incompetence and pomposity.
www.museum.tv /archives/etv/F/htmlF/fawltytowers/fawltytowers.htm   (988 words)

 Caribbean Villas - Fawlty Towers - Tortola, British Virgin Islands
Fawlty Towers is located in a private and tranquil setting high on Luck Hill, the large hill that forms the east side of Cane Garden Bay.
The heart of Fawlty Towers is centered on the alluring swimming pool that is surrounded by a beautiful coral stone sundeck and colorful tropical vegetation.
One of the best features of Fawlty Towers, and its neighbors Arundel and Seven Peaks, is their easy access to the many delightful activities at Cane Garden Bay, which is a gorgeous beach with great swimming and snorkeling.
www.caribbeanvilla.com /tortola/fawlty-towers/index.asp   (1208 words)

 BBC - Devon Features - Fawlty Towers hotel is saved from demolition
The inspiration behind Fawlty Towers has been saved from demolition by councillors in Torbay, who've thrown out plans to convert the Gleneagles Hotel into flats.
The story goes that John Cleese got the inspiration for Fawlty Towers after staying in Torquay while filming scenes for Monty Python's Flying Circus.
Fawlty Towers has proved to be one of the most enduring sitcoms in TV history.
www.bbc.co.uk /devon/news_features/2003/fawlty_towers.shtml   (508 words)

 British Sitcom Guide - Fawlty Towers
Basil Fawlty, the owner of the establishment, is a man of infinite rudeness with a rabid dislike of guests.
Fawlty Towers is now considered, quite rightly, one of the greatest sitcoms of all time.
Fawlty Towers is a must-see comedy masterpiece and, as far as the BSG is concerned, the funniest and all round most brilliant sitcom ever made (and we've seen hundreds)!
www.sitcom.co.uk /fawlty_towers   (172 words)

 Hostels in Rome: Fawlty Towers, a Youth cheap Rome hostel accommodation hotel
Hotel Fawlty Towers is one of the most affordable places to stay in Rome that offers cheap and comfortable accommodation in a central area with shared and private rooms, lounge with tv, rooftop terrace, fridge and microwave, open 24 hrs, English speaking staff - all included in the price.
Fawlty Towers offers a wide range of guided tours that can be booked at reception.
Fawlty Towers is the ideal accommodation hostel and hotel in Rome for youth travellers.
www.fawltytowers.org   (120 words)

 Fawlty Towers the classic British comedy
Fawlty Towers is one of the best-known, and most-loved, series from the halcyon days of British comedy—the 1970s.
I don't really remember the first runs of Fawlty Towers but I'm sure they were the perfect counter to what was often a pretty dismal period in Britain with frequent strikes etc. Strikes are frequently mentioned in the episodes.
John Cleese was inspired to write what became Fawlty Towers after he and the rest of the Monty Python team were staying at a hotel in Torquay called the Gleneagles (not to be confused with the world-famous Gleneagles Hotel in Perthshire) whilst filming Monty Python's Flying Circus TV series in the early 1970s.
www.fawltysite.net   (867 words)

 BBC News | ENTERTAINMENT | Fawlty Towers gets German makeover
Classic comedy Fawlty Towers is to be remade for German television - complete with its infamous "Don't mention the war" sketch.
Fawlty Towers, written by the husband and wife team of Cleese and Booth, first ran on the BBC between 1975 and 1979.
The Fawlty Towers deal is part of an ongoing BBC Worldwide initiative to sell a number of popular BBC programmes to countries abroad.
news.bbc.co.uk /1/hi/entertainment/791920.stm   (482 words)

 Fawlty Towers News
The bumbling, bad-tempered hotelier star of Fawlty Towers became a national treasure during the 1970s and is now returning to his spiritual home - the coastal resort near Torquay where John Cleese was inspired...
Basil Fawlty, television's hapless, hen-pecked, politically incorrect hotelier, is to be immortalised by a life-size statue in Torquay, where Fawlty Towers - named Britain's greatest programme by the British...
Fawlty Figure a Seaside resort is to erect a life-size bronze statue to Basil Fawlty.
www.topix.net /tv/fawlty-towers   (658 words)

 Fawlty Towers, Tortola Villa
Fawlty Towers is a relaxing and very private hideaway set high on a hillside with spectacular views of Cane Garden Bay, St. John, St. Thomas, and green islets beyond.
Fawlty Towers' main pavilion offers a poolside king (or double-twin) bedroom/bath suite, and two more bedroom/bath suites on the upper level.
With advance notice, we can arrange to have Fawlty Towers stocked for your arrival with your requested groceries, you may hire an accomplished chef for a special dinner or more meals if you wish, and massage, spa + beauty treatments can also be arranged for you at the villa...please inquire.
www.islandhideaways.com /villa.php?villa_id=10188   (543 words)

 Links to other Fawlty Towers sites
Fawlty Towers has been brought back to life digitally as an add-on or "mod" for the popular first-person shooter game Counter-Strike.
Fawlty Towers has inspired the creation of several real Fawlty Towers hotels dotted around the globe; there are a few in Africa, Australia, the USA and elsewhere.
Hotel Fawlty Towers is a 2-star hotel and hostel in Rome, Italy — this one looks more like what we in the UK would call a youth hostel.
www.fawltysite.net /links.htm   (837 words)

 PBS Revisits Fawlty Towers For 30th Anniversary Special
Fawlty Towers Revisited, which will premiere in early December, is an 80-minute scrapbook filled with behind-the-scenes recollections and making-of insights from the Fawlty Towers cast and crew, and it includes more than 40 minutes of choice clips from the show’s 12 episodes.
The exclusive broadcast of Fawlty Towers Revisited on PBS stations nationwide is especially fitting because Fawlty Towers made its U.S. debut on public television stations in 1976, less than a year after it began airing in England.
Fawlty Towers Revisited is joint project of PBS and BBC Worldwide Americas, and was produced by Iowa Public Television.
www.emediawire.com /releases/2005/11/emw310548.htm   (738 words)

 British Comedy: The Fawlty Towers FAQ v.1.13
Cleese went on to say that after Fawlty Towers had been made, he went back to see if the fellow was still around, but discovered that he had emigrated to Canada to join his daughter.
There were in fact at least two imitations of Fawlty Towers in the U.S. The first one was called "Snavely" (with Harvey Korman in the Basil role) but it never got further than a pilot Second attempt went a bit further.
But if you are looking for other Fawlty Towers fans you're most likely to find them in newsgroups such as alt.comedy.british, rec.arts.tv.uk.comedy or even alt.fan.monty-python.
www.faqs.org /faqs/tv/british-comedy/Fawlty-Towers   (3145 words)

 Amazon.com: Fawlty Towers - The Complete Series: DVD: Fawlty Towers   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-03)
Basil Fawlty, as created and performed by John Cleese, is the rudest, most boorish, most hilariously obnoxious man on the face of the planet.
Fawlty Towers was a series of 12 episodes made in the 1970's about a hotel in the little town of Torquay, England (pronounced Torkee).
"Fawlty Towers", for those who have somehow not been exposed to it, is simply the most glorious example of the farce ever to be committed to television.
www.amazon.com /Fawlty-Towers-Complete/dp/B00005LC1H   (2705 words)

 "Fawlty Towers" (1975)   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-03)
Hotel owner Basil Fawlty's incompetence, short fuse, and arrogance form a combination that ensures accidents and trouble are never far away.
Basil Fawlty: Yes there is, at twelve o'clock.
John Cleese is superb as the manager, Basil Fawlty.
www.imdb.com /title/tt0072500   (345 words)

 Amazon.com: Fawlty Towers, Vol. 1 - A Touch of Class/Builders/Wedding: DVD: Fawlty Towers   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-03)
John Cleese has always maintained that Fawlty Towers was inspired by a real hotel that was run by a proprietor who treated guests as an inconvenience to running a business.
John Cleese stars as Basil Fawlty, the sharp-tongued, short-tempered owner of Fawlty Towers, a hotel plagued by crisis, chaos and bizarre characters.A Touch of Class: Once Basil decides it?s time the hotel had a better class of clientele he?ll do anything to keep Lord Melbury there-including cashing his sizeable check.
John Cleese's "Fawlty Towers" is one of those universally funny TV shows, all about the undignified exploits of a perpetually hostile, repressed and tetchy hotel manager, and the...
www.amazon.com /exec/obidos/ASIN/B00005LC1E/ref=nosim/ecoladirectories   (1153 words)

 Amazon.ca: Fawlty Towers: The Complete Series (3 Discs): DVD: John Cleese,Prunella Scales   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-03)
Basil Fawlty, as created and performed by John Cleese, is the rudest, most boorish, most hilariously obnoxious man on the face of the planet.
Fawlty Towers has a cult following decades after the originals aired; it is sometimes hard to believe that there are but 12 episodes, six hours total.
In each of the episodes, there is a crisis - one gets the sense that the life of Fawlty is non-stop crisis, with his wife and Polly forever picking up the pieces, Manuel always complicating things, and the others wandering around in a state of disbelief (or, in the case of the Major, perpetual daze).
www.amazon.ca /Fawlty-Towers-Complete-3-Discs/dp/B00005LC1H   (1598 words)

 BBC Shop - Fawlty Towers
The second series of Fawlty Towers is every bit as hilarious as the first...
Fawlty Towers remains a timeless example of comic writing...
Fawlty Towers has become a landmark in comedy history with its twelve episodes being shown again...
www.bbcshop.com /icat/30?bklist=icat,4,,525,30&   (177 words)

 Why is Fawlty Towers Funny — richardpettinger.com
Fawlty towers has often been voted the most popular sitcom.
At the heart of all Fawlty Towers episodes is Basil Fawlty.
Basil Fawlty is at once both a clown with capacity for self destruction but also comes across as a rather pompous figure who aspires to “higher society”.
www.richardpettinger.com /funny/articles/why_fawlty_towers_funny   (582 words)

 Daily Llama - NEWS 2005_11_22 - Fawlty Towers Anniversary Show to Air on PBS
To celebrate the 30th anniversary of Fawlty Towers, which first aired on BBC 2 on 19 September 1975, PBS stations across America will air a retrospective on what many consider to be one of the funniest situation comedies of all time.
Fawlty Towers Revisited is an 80-minute television show which will premiere in early December (actual show dates and times vary from station to station).
The Fawlty Towers Revisited DVD, which is exclusive to PBS and available only through member stations, features the 80­minute 30th anniversary retrospective special on one of the world ’s most loved comedies, as well as 10 additional minutes of behind­the­scenes interviews with cast and crew from Fawlty Towers.
www.dailyllama.com /news/2005/llama301.html   (662 words)

 Fawlty Towers - The TV IV
Fawlty Towers (1975–79) is arguably one of the greatest, most influential and funniest sitcoms in the history of television.
Frequently referenced and imitated and remade several times, it is therefore shocking to realize, as in the case of The Honeymooners before it, so very few episodes of this groundbreaking series were ever filmed.
The brainchild of Monty Python member John Cleese and his then-wife Connie Booth, the show revolves around Basil Fawlty, the snooty, niggardly, short-tempered manager of a small hotel in England.
tviv.org /Fawlty_Towers   (208 words)

 Fawlty Towers : Abrexa.co.uk UK directory
Fawlty Towers goes west - "The classic cult sitcom is to be remade for an American audience following a deal with the US TV network CBS." A brief from the BBC News Online.
Fawlty Towers Sounds - A wide selection of clips in various audio formats at monytpython.net.
Fawlty Towers: The Unofficial Guide - This site includes a trivia quiz, episode guide, extensive information on the actors and crew involved with the series, and even a floor-plan for the ground-floor of the hotel.
www.abrexa.co.uk /Arts_and_Entertainment/Television/Programmes/Comedy/Fawlty_Towers   (289 words)

Fawlty Towers, owned and managed by Basil Fawlty is located in the English holiday area of Torquay, Devon.
Fawlty Towers is still one of the most famous and talked about British comedy shows of all time, and the ratings are still very high on repeat showings even though the last episode was made in 1979.
Besides hapless Spanish waiter Manuel, whose tenuous grasp of the English language was explained by the fact that 'he comes from Barcelona', the hotel staff comprised chambermaid Polly, the voice of sanity in the eye of the storm, and chef Terry (in the second series).
www.cultv.co.uk /fawlty.htm   (1620 words)

 Fawlty Towers survey
A selection of the best comments about Fawlty Towers from those who completed the survey are in the column to the right, on the A to Z of Fawlty Towers page and at the bottom of this page.
So, the clear runaway winner for favourite Fawlty Towers episode of the twelve goes to The Germans.
At its best Fawlty Towers goes beyond comedy and captures some eternal truths about what it is to be English.
www.fawltysite.net /survey/survey.htm   (761 words)

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