Fawlty Towers

Series 2 - 2. The Psychiatrist

The Psychiatrist
Radio Times
Review by:
David Butcher

Assuming you haven’t got the VHS, the DVD or seen it seven times on Gold, The Psychiatrist (series 2 episode 2: “Watery Fowls”) looks as zingy and agonising as it did in 1979.

Sybil flirts with an open-shirted guest (or “Piltdown ponce”) while Basil fawns on a couple who are both doctors – until he learns one is a psychiatrist. There’s so much to love in the way that from there his spasms of overreaction build to disaster on the first-floor landing, not least the insults exchanged by the “brilliantine stick insect” and the “coiffured old sow”.

About this programme

2/6. Basil goes to great lengths to prove to Sybil that a guest has smuggled a woman into his room. Instead the hotelier keeps being caught in compromising situations with a young Australian woman, and a visiting psychiatrist finds his increasingly manic behaviour both fascinating and alarming. Classic comedy first broadcast in 1979, starring John Cleese and Prunella Scales.

Cast and crew


Basil Fawlty
John Cleese
Sybil Fawlty
Prunella Scales
Andrew Sachs
Connie Booth
Mr Johnson
Nicky Henson
Raylene Miles
Luan Peters
The Major
Ballard Berkeley
Dr Abbott
Basil Henson
Mrs Abbott
Elspeth Gray
Brian Hall
Miss Tibbs
Gilly Flower
Miss Gatsby
Renee Roberts


Bob Spiers
John Cleese
Connie Booth