Fawlty Towers follows the exploits of Basil and Sybil Fawlty. Basil (John Cleese) is a crude and overbearing man who's rude to his guests and berates the hired help. Sybil (Prunella Scales) is Basil's better half, a wife who's always riding Basil driving him up a wall. Manuel (Andrew Sachs) is the bellhop/waiter who bears the brunt of Basil's abuse ans his poor command of the English language is fodder for comic relief. Polly (Connie Booth) is the maid who's also an artist. She has to cover for everyone and tries her best to keep everything together when chaos ensue. Even though 12 episodes were produced, Fawlty Towers is one of the best television shows ever created. John Cleese and Connie Booth wrote all of the episodes and were married during the first season. A few years later a second season was produced but by then the duo was divorced and production was a bit difficult.
The creative team of Fawlty Towers have turned down offers to reunite for the past thirty years. During the end of the second season there were talks about making a theatrical version of the film featuring Manuel but it never got off the ground. A few US remakes were produced (Chateau Snavely , Amanda's and Payne) but they never achieved any real success (but Amanda's lasted 13 episodes). If you want to see British comedy at it's finest then you'll definitely have to have Fawlty Towers. A brilliant show that will never be topped.
" 'Nutter' runs small hotel" is the terse-but-true description given by an English catalog to the weekly comedy series Fawlty Towers. Created by John Cleese, the series stars Cleese as Basil Fawlty, the insufferable--and insufferably inept--owner-manager of a tenth-rate British hotel. Co-starring as Basil's equally impossible wife Sybil is Prunella Scales, while Connie Booth (who co-wrote and occasionally directed the series) is on hand as Jill-of-all trades Polly Sherman. First seen on the BBC in 1975, Fawlty Towers made it to American viewers by way of local PBS outlets in 1978. ~ Hal Erickson, All Movie Guide Close