Fawlty Towers
Country of Origin: United Kingdom
Production year: 1975
Directors: John Howard Davies, Bob Spiers
Rating: NR(Television)
UPC [Locale]: 794051-157522
Running time: 8:20 (500 Min.)
Casetype: Digipak
Format: NTSC, 1.33:1, Full Frame
DVD-Format: Single-Sided, Double-Layered
Released: October 16, 2001
Collection type: Owned (#1660)
Status: Available
Purchase date: May 30, 2005
Purchase price: Hidden
Review (movie): 10 / 10
Review (video): 9 / 10
Overview
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:
Basil advertises for a better clientele and attracts a bit of riff raff.
The Builders: I'm so sorry; I'm afraid the dining-room door seems to have disappeared.
The Wedding Party: I know what people like you get up to and I think it's disgusting.
Hotel Inspectors: Oh please! It's taken us twelve years to build this place up. If you put this in the book we're finished.
Gourmet Night: If you don't like duck, you're rather stuck.
The Germans: So that's two eggs mayonnaise, a prawn Goebbels, a Herman Goering and four Colditz salads.
Communication Problems: Basil can't win...even when he wins.
The Psychiatrist: Basil provides enough material for an entire psychiatry conference.
Waldorf Salad: You ponce in here expecting to be waited on hand and foot, well I'm trying to run a hotel here.
The Kipper and the Corpse: Number 8 is dead! Twenty-five to go.
The Anniversary: I'll just pop upstairs and ask her to stop dying and then you can all come up and identify her.
Basil the Rat: Wanted - kind home for savage rodent.
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Genres
Television
Comedy
Studios
Production Studios:
 • BBC
Media Companies:
 • BBC Video
 • Warner Home Video
Audio format
English  Dolby Digital 2-Channel Stereo
Commentary  Dolby Digital 2-Channel Stereo
Subtitles
English
French
German
Tags
TV
Discs
# Description A B DS DL A DL B
1Episodes 1.01-1.04
2Episodes 1.05-1.06, 2.01-2.02
3Episodes 2.03-2.06
Features
 • Scene Access
 • Featurettes
 • Commentary
 • Production Notes/Bios
 • Closed Captioned
Crew
 Series 1
 1. A Touch of Class
Direction
John Howard Davies....Director
Writing
John Cleese....Writer
Connie Booth....Writer
Production
John Howard Davies....Producer
Cinematography
Len Newson....Cinematographer
Film Editing
Bill Harris....Film Editor
Music
Dennis Wilson....Composer
Sound
Mike Jones....Sound
Art
Peter Kindred....Production Designer
Mary Woods....Costume Designer
Cheryl Wright....Make-up Artist
Jean McMillan....Make-up Artist
 2. The Builders
Direction
John Howard Davies....Director
Writing
John Cleese....Writer
Connie Booth....Writer
Production
John Howard Davies....Producer
Cinematography
Stanley Speel....Cinematographer
Film Editing
Bob Rymer....Film Editor
Music
Dennis Wilson....Composer
Sound
John Howell....Sound
Art
Peter Kindred....Production Designer
Mary Woods....Costume Designer
Jean Speak....Make-up Artist
 3. The Wedding Party
Direction
John Howard Davies....Director
Writing
John Cleese....Writer
Connie Booth....Writer
Production
John Howard Davies....Producer
Music
Dennis Wilson....Composer
Sound
John Howell....Sound
Art
Peter Kindred....Production Designer
Mary Woods....Costume Designer
Jean Speak....Make-up Artist
 4. The Hotel Inspectors
Direction
John Howard Davies....Director
Writing
John Cleese....Writer
Connie Booth....Writer
Production
John Howard Davies....Producer
Music
Dennis Wilson....Composer
Sound
John Howell....Sound
Art
Peter Kindred....Production Designer
Mary Woods....Costume Designer
Jean Speak....Make-up Artist
 5. Gourmet Night
Direction
John Howard Davies....Director
Writing
John Cleese....Writer
Connie Booth....Writer
Production
John Howard Davies....Producer
Cinematography
Stanley Speel....Cinematographer
Film Editing
Bob Rymer....Film Editor
Music
Dennis Wilson....Composer
Sound
John Howell....Sound
Art
Peter Kindred....Production Designer
Mary Woods....Costume Designer
Jean Speak....Make-up Artist
 6. The Germans
Direction
John Howard Davies....Director
Writing
John Cleese....Writer
Connie Booth....Writer
Production
John Howard Davies....Producer
Cinematography
Stanley Speel....Cinematographer
Film Editing
Bob Rymer....Film Editor
Music
Dennis Wilson....Composer
Sound
John Howell....Sound
Art
Peter Kindred....Production Designer
Mary Woods....Costume Designer
Jean Speak....Make-up Artist
 Series 2
 1. Communication Problems
Direction
Bob Spiers....Director
Writing
John Cleese....Writer
Connie Booth....Writer
Production
Douglas Argent....Producer
Film Editing
Howard Dell....Film Editor
Music
Dennis Wilson....Composer
Sound
Mike Jones....Sound
Art
Nigel Curzon....Production Designer
Caroline Maxwell....Costume Designer
Suzan Broad....Make-up Artist
 2. The Psychiatrist
Direction
Bob Spiers....Director
Writing
John Cleese....Writer
Connie Booth....Writer
Production
Douglas Argent....Producer
Cinematography
Alec Curtis....Cinematographer
Film Editing
Susan Imrie....Film Editor
Neill Pittaway....Film Editor
Music
Dennis Wilson....Composer
Sound
Bill Chesneau....Sound
Mike Jones....Sound
Art
Nigel Curzon....Production Designer
Caroline Maxwell....Costume Designer
Suzan Broad....Make-up Artist
 3. Waldorf Salad
Direction
Bob Spiers....Director
Writing
John Cleese....Writer
Connie Booth....Writer
Production
Douglas Argent....Producer
Film Editing
Neill Pittaway....Film Editor
Music
Dennis Wilson....Composer
Sound
Mike Jones....Sound
Art
Nigel Curzon....Production Designer
Valerie Spooner....Costume Designer
Suzan Broad....Make-up Artist
 4. The Kipper and the Corpse
Direction
Bob Spiers....Director
Writing
John Cleese....Writer
Connie Booth....Writer
Production
Douglas Argent....Producer
Cinematography
Alec Curtis....Cinematographer
Film Editing
Susan Imrie....Film Editor
Howard Dell....Film Editor
Music
Dennis Wilson....Composer
Sound
Bill Chesneau....Sound
Mike Jones....Sound
Art
Nigel Curzon....Production Designer
Caroline Maxwell....Costume Designer
Suzan Broad....Make-up Artist
 5. The Anniversary
Direction
Bob Spiers....Director
Writing
John Cleese....Writer
Connie Booth....Writer
Production
Douglas Argent....Producer
Cinematography
Paul Wheeler....Cinematographer
Film Editing
Susan Imrie....Film Editor
Howard Dell....Film Editor
Music
Dennis Wilson....Composer
Sound
Bill Chesneau....Sound
Mike Jones....Sound
Art
Nigel Curzon....Production Designer
Caroline Maxwell....Costume Designer
Suzan Broad....Make-up Artist
 6. Basil the Rat
Direction
Bob Spiers....Director
Writing
John Cleese....Writer
Connie Booth....Writer
Production
Douglas Argent....Producer
Cinematography
Paul Wheeler....Cinematographer
Film Editing
Susan Imrie....Film Editor
Howard Dell....Film Editor
Music
Dennis Wilson....Composer
Sound
Bill Chesneau....Sound
Mike Jones....Sound
Art
Nigel Curzon....Production Designer
Caroline Maxwell....Costume Designer
Pam Meager....Make-up Artist
Cast
 Series 1
 1. A Touch of Class
John Cleese....Basil Fawlty
Prunella Scales....Sybil Fawlty
Andrew Sachs....Manuel
Connie Booth....Polly
Michael Gwynn....Lord Melbury
Robin Ellis....Danny Brown
Ballard Berkeley....Major Gowen
Martin Wyldeck....Sir Richard Morris
David Simeon....Mr. Mackenzie
Terence Conoley....Mr. Wareing
Lionel Wheeler....Mr. Watson
 2. The Builders
John Cleese....Basil Fawlty
Prunella Scales....Sybil Fawlty
Andrew Sachs....Manuel
Connie Booth....Polly
Ballard Berkeley....Major Gowen
David Kelly....O'Reilly
Gilly Flower....Miss Tibbs
Renee Roberts....Miss Gatsby
James Appleby....Stubbs
George Lee....Delivery Man
Michael Cronin....Lurphy
Michael Halsey....Jones
Barney Dorman....Kerr
 3. The Wedding Party
John Cleese....Basil Fawlty
Prunella Scales....Sybil Fawlty
Andrew Sachs....Manuel
Connie Booth....Polly
Ballard Berkeley....Major Gowen
Yvonne Gilan....Mrs. Peignoir
Conrad Phillips....Mr. Lloyd
Diana King....Mrs. Lloyd
Trevor Adams....Alan
April Walker....Jean
Gilly Flower....Miss Tibbs
Renee Roberts....Miss Gatsby
Jay Neill....Bar Guest
 4. The Hotel Inspectors
John Cleese....Basil Fawlty
Prunella Scales....Sybil Fawlty
Andrew Sachs....Manuel
Connie Booth....Polly
Bernard Cribbins....Mr. Hutchinson
James Cossins....Mr. Walt
Ballard Berkeley....Major Gowen
Gilly Flower....Miss Tibbs
Renee Roberts....Miss Gatsby
Geoffrey Morris....John
Peter Brett....Brian
 5. Gourmet Night
John Cleese....Basil Fawlty
Prunella Scales....Sybil Fawlty
Andrew Sachs....Manuel
Connie Booth....Polly
André Maranne....André
Steve Plytas....Kurt
Allan Cuthbertson....Colonel Hall
Ann Way....Mrs. Hall
Richard Caldicot....Mr. Twitchen
Betty Huntley-Wright....Mrs. Twitchen
Ballard Berkeley....Major Gowen
Gilly Flower....Miss Tibbs
Renee Roberts....Miss Gatsby
Jeffrey Segal....Mr. Heath
Elizabeth Benson....Mrs. Heath
Tony Page....Master Heath
 6. The Germans
John Cleese....Basil Fawlty
Prunella Scales....Sybil Fawlty
Andrew Sachs....Manuel
Connie Booth....Polly
Ballard Berkeley....Major Gowen
Claire Davenport....Mrs. Wilson
Gilly Flower....Miss Tibbs
Renee Roberts....Miss Gatsby
Brenda Cowling....Sister
Louis Mahoney....Doctor
John Lawrence....Mr. Sharp
Iris Fry....Mrs. Sharp
Willy Bowman....German Guest
Nick Kane....German Guest
Lisa Bergmayr....German Guest
Dan Gillan....German Guest
 Series 2
 1. Communication Problems
John Cleese....Basil Fawlty
Prunella Scales....Sybil Fawlty
Andrew Sachs....Manuel
Connie Booth....Polly
Joan Sanderson....Mrs. Richards
Ballard Berkeley....Major Gowen
Brian Hall....Terry
Gilly Flower....Miss Tibbs
Renee Roberts....Miss Gatsby
Robert Lankesheer....Mr. Thurston
Johnny Shannon....Mr. Firkins
Bill Bradley....Mr. Mackintosh
George Lee....Mr. Kerr
Mervyn Pascoe....Mr. Yardley
 2. The Psychiatrist
John Cleese....Basil Fawlty
Prunella Scales....Sybil Fawlty
Andrew Sachs....Manuel
Connie Booth....Polly
Nicky Henson....Mr. Johnson
Basil Henson....Dr. Abbott
Elspet Gray....Mrs. Abbott
Ballard Berkeley....Major Gowen
Brian Hall....Terry
Luan Peters....Raylene Miles
Aimee Delamain....Mrs. Johnson
Gilly Flower....Miss Tibbs
Renee Roberts....Miss Gatsby
Imogen Bickford-Smith....Girlfriend
 3. Waldorf Salad
John Cleese....Basil Fawlty
Prunella Scales....Sybil Fawlty
Andrew Sachs....Manuel
Connie Booth....Polly
Bruce Boa....Mr. Hamilton
Claire Nielson....Mrs. Hamilton
Norman Bird....Mr. Arrad
Stella Tanner....Mrs. Arrad
Terence Conoley....Mr. Johnston
June Ellis....Mrs. Johnston
Brian Hall....Terry
Anthony Dawes....Mr. Libson
Ballard Berkeley....Major Gowen
Gilly Flower....Miss Tibbs
Renee Roberts....Miss Gatsby
Beatrice Shaw....Miss Gurke
Dorothy Frere....Miss Hare
 4. The Kipper and the Corpse
John Cleese....Basil Fawlty
Prunella Scales....Sybil Fawlty
Andrew Sachs....Manuel
Connie Booth....Polly
Geoffrey Palmer....Dr. Price
Mavis Pugh....Mrs. Chase
Richard Davies....Mr. White
Elizabeth Benson....Mrs. White
Ballard Berkeley....Major Gowen
Gilly Flower....Miss Tibbs
Renee Roberts....Miss Gatsby
Brian Hall....Terry
Derek Royle....Mr. Leeman
Robert McBain....Mr. Xerxes
Pamela Buchner....Miss Young
Raymond Mason....Mr. Zebedee
Charles McKeown....Mr. Ingrams
Len Marten....Guest
 5. The Anniversary
John Cleese....Basil Fawlty
Prunella Scales....Sybil Fawlty
Andrew Sachs....Manuel
Connie Booth....Polly
Ken Campbell....Roger
Una Stubbs....Alice
Robert Arnold....Arthur
Pat Keen....Virginia
Roger Hume....Reg
Denyse Alexander....Kitty
Christine Shaw....Audrey
Ballard Berkeley....Major Gowen
Gilly Flower....Miss Tibbs
Renee Roberts....Miss Gatsby
Brian Hall....Terry
 6. Basil the Rat
John Cleese....Basil Fawlty
Prunella Scales....Sybil Fawlty
Andrew Sachs....Manuel
Connie Booth....Polly
John Quarmby....Mr. Carnegie
Ballard Berkeley....Major Gowen
Brian Hall....Terry
Gilly Flower....Miss Tibbs
Renee Roberts....Miss Gatsby
David Neville....Ronald
Sabina Franklyn....Quentina
James Taylor....Mr. Taylor
Melody Lang....Mrs. Taylor
Stuart Sherwin....Guest