Fawlty Towers: The Complete Collection [Special Edition] [3 Discs] [DVD]

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Special Features

  • Exclusive Commentary by John Cleese
  • 2009 Extended Interviews - Includes Exclusive Interview with Connie Booth
  • Accompanying booklet
  • Interviews with John Cleese, Prunella Scales and Andrew Sachs
  • Series 1 Director's Commentary by John Howard Davies
  • Series 2 Director's Commentary by Bob Spiers
  • Artist Profiles
  • Outtakes
  • Torquay Tourist Guide (Short Documentary Film)
  • Cheap Tatty Review


Terminally rude hotelier Basil Fawlty (John Cleese) and his garrulous, supremely unhelpful wife Sybil (Prunella Scales) open the doors of their Torquay inn to a wide variety of hapless customers as Fawlty Towers launches its first season on BBC2. Originally telecast on September 19, 1975, the first of the season's six episodes is "A Touch of Class," in which Basil is (mis)led to believe that his latest customer, one Lord Melbury, will at last bring some prestige to his seedy establishment. Next up is "Builders," wherein waitress Polly (Connie Booth) is left in charge of the hotel while "repairs" are made in the lobby. This is followed by "The Wedding Party," in which snoopy Basil goes to ridiculous extremes to catch his guests committing extramarital shenanigans. Also: in "Hotel Inspectors," Basil agonizes over the possibility that he has insulted an important government functionary; our hero holds a "Gourmet Night" at the hotel, with disastrous results; and in the classic season finale "The Germans," a chaotic fire drill threatens to spark a nasty international incident. ~ Hal Erickson

Cast & Crew

  • John Cleese - Basil Fawlty
  • Connie Booth - Polly
  • Prunella Scales - Sybil Fawlty
  • Andrew Sachs - Manuel
  • Ballard Berkeley - Maj. Gowen

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