September 11, 2009 @ 12:07 pm
Join Meds and Kell as they talk about this fabulous British Comedy Fawlty Towers. Written and performed by John Cleese and Connie Booth, Fawlty Towers is now over 34 years old and still going strong. Only two series were made and its a formula that comedians such as Ricky Gervais have taken upon themselves to keep their own comedy fresh. Also starring Andrew Sachs and Prunella Scales the team created a wonderful programme that has never been beaten.
The premise of the show is centred around Basil Fawlty played by Cleese a hotel owner who is dominated by his wife Sybil and has an amazing disregard for anyone who is below what he classes as 'the best class'. A fantastic comedy that is worth not only hearing about here but must be viewed to get the ultimate pleasure of Cleese and Booths writing.
I love Auf Wiedersehen Pet, the greatest show I have ever seen. I only discovered recently that Kevin Whately is in fact older than Tim Healy and Jimmy Nail but was actually playing the baby of the trio!!!
I still watch the Thornley Manor based episodes at least once a year. Barry and the Ghost, the epic fight, Oz going shopping etc.
B*gger!!!! I have put my Auf Wiedersehen Pet reference under the wrong bloody show. Grrrr.
Fab show regarding FT. I had never classed myself as a massive FT fan but I recognised pretty much every ep mentioned. And do love it. I happen to think it is a farce but a dark one. I didn’t know that Basil was meant to have been in the Korean war. Certainly explains a lot. His desperate need to stick to class structure. That said this aspect I guess is also of its time. And it is very easy to forget that this show is over 30 years old. Which underlines just how timeless it is. I do agree that it travels far better than The Young Ones (which I loved at the time I may add). Oh and The Next Generation Riker issue - I have to agree….beard+chucky riker = better series. And thankfully Counsellor Troy got to stop doing that strange expression (when she was reading others emotions) as if she was guessing who had farted. Jo.x
Only me again.
Finished this podcast today, brilliant! So many memories, I find myself joining in the chat, a little embarrassing as I walk the dog! Great stuff I had not known before and I have read “Fawlty Towers” by Graham McCann, a book I recommend.
Long live “Flowery Twats” and “Farty Towels”.
One day a friend saw a bloke doing a “Basil” on his car on the High Street of our home town as we were growing up, he used a traffic cone.
Also, once, slightly drunk two frineds and I created the “Fawlty Towers”: a gin and orange, a lemon squash and a scotch and water. The recklessness of youth!