What do you have when you combine an eccentric hotel manager, his bossy wife, a waiter that can barely do what he is told and staff who rather than satisfy their guests annoy them, you have Fawlty Towers the hit British sitcom of the 70’s that had audience laughing like no man’s business. Behind this curtain are some incredible facts about the sitcom that made it stand out from others
1 Fawlty Towers was written by not one but two writers, John Cleese and Connie Booth who surprisingly acted as well. John took the lead role of Basil Fawlty the hotel manager while Connie took the role of Polly Sherman, a waitress in the hotel
2 The first ‘Fawlty Towers’ script was rejected by the BBC
3 It was aired on BBC 2 for four years between 1975 to 1979
4 Unarguably the best show loved by British pop culture it was ranked 1 on the list of 100 Greatest British Television Programmes drawn up by the British Film Institute in the year 2000
5 Cleese was paid £6,000 for 43 weeks of work supplementing his income by appearing in television advertisements
6 The theme song which was written by Dennis Wilson was inspired by Beethoven’s Minuet in G Major
7 The first episode of ‘Fawlty Towers’ was broadcast on September 19, 1975 while the last episode was broadcast on October 25, 1979
8 Cleese also wrote a book ‘Fawlty Towers Fully Booked’
9 Cleese won the BAFTA Award for Best Light Entertainment Performance while the series won the BAFTA for Best Situation Comedy.
Memories of this hit comedy will remain evergreen produced in the golden era of comedy, what do you feel about FAWLTY TOWERS is it faulty or faultless?