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Fawlty Towers (UK)

Fawlty Towers is a British sitcom made by the BBC and first broadcast on BBC2 in 1975. Only twelve episodes were produced, but the series has had a lasting and powerful influence on later shows. The show is set in a fictional hotel Fawlty Towers in the Devon town of Torquay on the "English Riviera".

Fawlty Towers (UK) - 02x06 Basil the Rat (a.k.a. Rats) Screenshot
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02x06 Basil the Rat (a.k.a. Rats) Aired: Oct. 25, 1979

Manuel has a pet: a Siberian Hamster; Basil, however, believes that the pet is not a hamster, but a rat, and orders Manuel to get rid of it before …

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Fawlty Towers is Canceled/Ended
The show had 2 seasons and 12 episodes air between 1975 and 1979.

Series Info

Type:
Scripted
Premiered:
Sep. 19, 1975
Status:
Canceled/Ended
Runtime:
30 min.
Aired:
1975 - 1979
To-Date:
2 Seasons
12 Episodes
Network
BBC TWO TV Network
Genre

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Series Fun Facts

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  • There are persistent rumors of a missing episode, which existed only in a rough-cut form, about a blackout in the hotel. This has been emphatically denied by cast, crew and writers, however,…
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    There are persistent rumors of a missing episode, which existed only in a rough-cut form, about a blackout in the hotel. This has been emphatically denied by cast, crew and writers, however, and there is no supportive BBC documentation for filming/recording dates.
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  • John Cleese wrote a forerunner to "Fawlty Towers" in "Doctor at Large" (1971) {No Ill Feeling! (#1.14)}, featuring a badly-run hotel and its brusque, henpecked owner. Producer Humphrey…
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    John Cleese wrote a forerunner to "Fawlty Towers" in "Doctor at Large" (1971) {No Ill Feeling! (#1.14)}, featuring a badly-run hotel and its brusque, henpecked owner. Producer Humphrey Barclay suggested to the writer that a series could be spun out of the premise.
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  • As the series progressed, each episode's opening shot of the Fawlty Towers hotel sign shows rearranged and misplaced letters. Variations include: Watery Fowls (with a kid seen adjusting it),…
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    As the series progressed, each episode's opening shot of the Fawlty Towers hotel sign shows rearranged and misplaced letters. Variations include: Watery Fowls (with a kid seen adjusting it), Farty Tower, Flay Otters, Fatty Owls, Warty Towels, Flowery Twats and Farty Towels. Production team-member Iain McLean supplied the hotel sign anagrams supposedly left by aggrieved paperboys.
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