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Fawlty Towers

It’s quality, not quantity, that counts. Famously, there are only 12 episodes of Fawlty Towers, which some would call the best sitcom ever made. The first series was shown in 1975 and the second four years later, but time has not dimmed its appeal. There is something undeniably English about the character of Basil Fawlty, all repressed anger and desperation, flailing about, barking orders and only making everything worse. Similarly, the service at Fawlty Towers, the hotel, is an example of the worst kind of English hospitality. Even the style of comedy, farce, is peculiarly English. (OK, so John Cleese’s co-writer Connie Booth is American, but that is a minor quibble.) You could say that Fawlty Towers lovingly showcases everything that is worst about England from xenophobia to snobbery, from emotional coldness to cold cuisine – just don’t mention the war...

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In 12 episodes Fawlty Towers completely defined English eccentricity, misogeny, xenophobia, arrogance and resilience, not to mention our ability to laugh at ourselves.

Richard White


Greatest sitcom of all time? And Quintessentially British.
Ian Wilson


It si one of the funniest shows ever made and is typical pommy humour - I still cry laughing when I watch all these years on!!
Jess


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