Wednesday, 25 January 2012

Fawlty Towers

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Transmitted:Sep 1975 - Oct 1979
Country of origin:UK
Genre:Comedy of errors, British eccentricity, Cult classic
Starring:John Cleese, Prunella Scales, Connie Booth, Andrew Sachs, Ballard Berkeley
No. of seasons:2

Brilliant show from the minds of John Cleese and Connie Booth.
You probably already know the premise of this one, and if you don't where have you been living, but I'll patronise you nevertheless: Cleese plays Basil Fawlty, a blundering, blustering buffoon, preoccupied with social status and utterly concerned about what other people think of both himself and his beloved hotel. Prunella Scales plays his tormented, overbearing wife, constantly pitting herself against the lies and deceits of her foolish husband to keep the good ship Fawlty Towers afloat. Connie Booth, as Polly the maid, is frequently caught in the middle of the pair, her loyalty to both a source of difficulty and divisiveness, and finally, Manuel, the Spanish migrant waiter and porter, whose inability to speak fluent English causes much anxiety to the proprietor.
A wonderful British farce, with great one liners, hideously embarrassing moments as Basil squirms and fawns over unsuspecting guests, and some really excellent supporting characters all add to the magic.
Highly recommended.

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