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How to watch Fawlty Towers - what’s it about and who’s in the cast?

Find out where to watch and stream Fawlty Towers, if Fawlty Towers is on Netflix as well as your guide to the cast and what the series is about

Fawlty Towers
Published: Monday, 12th March 2018 at 1:54 pm

Although it's over 40 years old, Fawlty Towers is still regarded as one of the best BBC sitcoms ever made.


Only two series (12 episodes) of the farcical comedy starring John Cleese as perpetually exasperated hotelier Basil Fawlty were produced between 1975 and 1979, but you can still watch them today.

Where to watch Fawlty Towers?

The comedy isn't often repeated on terrestrial TV, although BBC One did air the episode 'Communication Problems' as a tribute to star Andrew Sachs when he passed away in December 2016.

But luckily, UK viewers can can stream every episode on Netflix, YouTube, or Google Play.

You can also buy episodes on Amazon Prime Video or iTunes, or pick up the full DVD box set.

What is Fawlty Towers about?

Connie Booth (Polly), Prunella Scales (Sybil) and Andrew Sachs (Manuel) were Cleese's co-stars in the sitcom about a hotel in Torquay that battled dodgy builders, a kipper and a corpse, hotel inspectors and a Waldorf salad.

If you enjoy the series, yo might also want to watch the documentary about the series which aired on the digital channel Gold, called Fawlty Towers: Re-Opened (2009).

How many episodes and seasons of Fawlty Towers are there?

The series has just two series – that's twelve episodes – in total. But despite this, it's managed to make a significant cultural imprint.

Where was Fawlty Towers filmed?

The series was filmed in Southwest England, including the Wooburn Grange Country Club in Buckinghamshire for exterior shots of the hotel, and the T-junction between Mentmore Close and capstone Gardens in Harrow.

Where was Fawlty Towers set?

The series was set in Torquay, Devon.

Who's in the cast of Fawlty Towers?

John Cleese in Hold the Sunset
John Cleese in Hold the Sunset - (BBC, SD)

The star of the show, John Cleese, plays Basil Fawlty. His previous work included Monty Python and the Holy Grail, The Meaning of Life and Life of Brian.

His wife Sybil Fawlty - who never fails to scare the living daylights out of him - is played by Prunella Scales. Scales was nominated for a BAFTA award for her role as Queen Elizabeth II in A Question of Attribution.

The waitress Polly Sherman is played by Connie Booth, whose other credits include The Hound of the Baskervilles and Leon the Pig Farmer.

Manuel, the Spanish waiter, is played by Andrew Sachs, who went on to star as Ramsay Clegg on Coronation Street.

Other cast members include Brian Hall as Terry Hughes, Ballard Berkeley as Major Gown, Renee Roberts as Miss Gatsby and Billy Flower as Miss Tibbs, and Dr and Dr Abbot played by Elspet Gray and Basil Henson.

When did Fawlty Towers start?

The series began on 19th September 1975, and aired over a period of four years.

Why did Fawlty Towers get cancelled?

Fawlty Towers ended because John Cleese ran out of stories to tell with the characters, and wanted to move on to other things.


Consider yourself lucky - the series ended much later than it could have done as The Telegraph reports that BBC initially turned it down before it had even begun, which would have been a real loss for fans of the classic comedy.


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