Fawlty Towers, Paperback Book
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Fawlty Towers was only on our screens for 12 half-hour episodes, but it has stayed in our lives ever since.

The Major; 'Don't mention the war!'; 'He's from Barcelona'; Basil the Rat - everyone has a favourite line, moment or character.

In this, the first biography of the show, Graham McCann holds up to the light each of the unpredictable elements - the demented brilliance of John Cleese, his creative partnership with Connie Booth - that added up to an immortal sitcom, beloved all over the world, even in Barcelona.


  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 352 pages, 40 colour
  • Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton General Division
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  • Category: Television
  • ISBN: 9780340898130

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It sounds cliched, but anything any reasonable person needs to know about Fawlty Towers is in here. From detailed plot summaries, to biographies of the main actors and characters, and background information on the situations and people that inspired incidents in the show - it's all here. Basil himself was based on an appallingly mannered hotel owner whose rudeness was attested to by many correspondents to the author of this book. If it is possible to imagine such an individual, the real life hotelier, one Donald Sinclair, was worse than Basil. One early critic of the first series was rewarded for his perfidy in the second when John Cleese used his name for a character who had an interest in blow-up dolls. John Lennon, predictably, was a fan and said of the show:' God, it's great!' There are biographical details of all the recurring characters in Fawlty Towers, and some attempt is made to assess just why this show worked so well, and, for the number of episodes (only twelve, folks) so widely quoted. A more than generous selection of pictures, and, not always as usual for a book about a TV show, pretty well documented. So get to and read this book, come on, come on!!! Don't be a layabout with nothing better to do, that's just how Nazi Germany started!!! You only have to read a book, it's not the Gettysburg Address!!! And above all, don't mention the war!!!

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