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Fawlty Towers

Basil & Sibyl run their hotel, Fawlty Towers, with a little help from the unflappable Polly, and Manuel, the trainee waiter from Barcelona with marginally more intelligence than a monkey.

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Basil Fawlty is a much put-upon, hard-working hotel manager whose life is plagued by dead guests, hotel inspectors and riff-raff. Of course his biggest headache is his 'little nest of vipers' - his nagging wife Sibyl. Together they run their hotel, Fawlty Towers, with a little help from the unflappable Polly, and Manuel, the trainee waiter from Barcelona with marginally more intelligence than a monkey.

Episode Descriptions

Season 1

A Touch of Class

Basil Fawlty is delighted when Lord Melbury checks into his hotel.At last a guest with class, and much better than the rough diamond Sybil is fawning over. He pays for his snobbery when Melbury asks him to cash a cheque. Guest stars Michael Gwynn as Melbury and Robin (Poldark) Ellis as Danny Brown.

The Builders

Sybil has picked a professional firm to make structural alterations to the hotel. But Basil prefers O'Reilly, the cowboy outfit who can do it on the cheap… Guest stars David Kelly as O’Reilly and James Appleby as Stubbs.

The Wedding

Basil is outraged by an outbreak of promiscuity at his hotel and engages in a losing battle to stop unmarried couples sleeping together. His efforts are hampered by the fact that they are Polly’s friends – and by Manuel’s birthday celebrations. Guest stars Yvonne Gilan as Mrs Peignoir, Conrad Phillips and Diana King as Mr and Mrs Lloyd,Trevor Adams as Alan and April Walker as Jean.

Hotel Inspectors

Basil is terrified by the news that hotel inspectors are in the area. The awful probability occurs to him that the eccentric guest to whom he has been so appallingly offensive may be one of them. His ranting turns to pathetic fawning, but has he got the right man? Guest star Bernard Cribbins as Mr Hutchinson

Gourmet Night

It is Gourmet Night at Fawlty Towers, some prestigious guests are booked in at the restaurant, and it seems that Basil’s long-cherished dream of running a high-class establishment will be realised. But the chef lies drunk on the floor. Guest stars André Maranne (André), Steve Plytas (Kurt), Allan Cuthbertson and Ann Way (Colonel & Mrs Hall), Richard Caldicot and Betty Huntley-Wright (Mr & Mrs Twitchen), Jeffrey Segal and Elizabeth Benson (Mr & Mrs Heath)

The Germans 

Sybil is in hospital for an ingrowing toenail, but is still nagging Basil by telephone. During a chaotic fire drill, the moose’s head knocks him out, giving him concussion. But he escapes from hospital to deal tactfully with a group of German tourists. Guest stars Brenda Cowling as the ‘ugly’ Sister, and Willy Bowman, Nick Kane, Lisa Bergmayr and Dan Gillan as the Germans

Season 2

Communications Problems

A nearly deaf and very difficult Mrs Richards arrives at the hotel.When she loses a large sum of money, she demands that the police be called. Basil, meanwhile, is doing his best to hide his gambling winnings from a disapproving Sybil. Guest star Joan Sanderson as Mrs Richards.

The Psychiatrist

Basil is certain one of the guests has smuggled a girl into his room and sets out to investigate. Instead, he is caught by Sybil in a compromising situation with a pretty Australian girl.“There's enough material here for an entire conference,” says the psychiatrist, observing the hotel manager’s antics. Guest stars Nicky Henson as Mr Johnson, Luan Peters as Raylene Miles, Basil Henson and Elspeth Gray as Dr & Mrs Abbott.

Waldorf Salad

An American guest pays Basil to keep the kitchen open late, but the chef has left for the day. Basil steps in, but he meets his Waterloo when the guest requests a Waldorf Salad.
Guest stars Bruce Boa and Claire Nielson as Mr & Mrs Hamilton.

The Kipper and The Corpse

Chaos reigns as one of the guests – with total disregard for Basil's blood pressure – is found dead in bed. Doubtless the kippers (which should have been thrown out weeks ago) were responsible. Basil attempts to conceal the body, but reckons without Miss Tibbs. Guest stars Geoffrey Palmer (As Time Goes By) as Dr Price.


After an ear-bashing last year, Basil has actually remembered their wedding anniversary. Sybil has no idea he has planned a surprise party and invited all their friends. She thinks he has forgotten again, and storms off to play golf. When the guests arrive, Polly has to impersonate Sybil, who according to Basil is ill in bed. Guest stars Ken Campbell as Roger, Una Stubbs as Alice, Robert Arnold as Arthur, Pat Keen as Virginia, Roger Hume as Reg, Denyse Alexander as Kitty, Christine Shaw as Audrey.