Fawlty Towers

Set in the seaside town of Torquay on the English Riviera, the British sitcom Fawlty Towers ran for just two seasons of six episodes each, in 1975 and 1979.

The show stars Monty Python's John Cleese, who wrote it with his wife (from 1968-1978) and Fawlty Towers co-star Connie Booth. The British Film Institute (BFI) ranked the show number 1 on the list of top 100 TV shows it compiled in 2000.

John Cleese got the idea for the show after he, Eric Idle, and other members of the Monty Python troupe stayed at the Gleneagles Hotel in Torquay while filming Monty Python. He based Fawlty Towers' owner and main character, Basil Fawlty, on Donald Sinclair, who was the owner of the hotel at the time of their visit.

Filmed in front of a live audience, Fawlty Towers is a farce and full of both British and physical humour. Like most things in life, this sort of humour is not for everyone.

These spiritual portraits show that the characters on the show form a small team of diverse, interdependent individuals. Nothing would please me more than to learn these images inspired someone who believes they do not care for this type of humour to give it another chance.

You can find many of the episodes online on youtube. A few of the best ones are Gourmet Night, The Germans, The Kipper and the Corpse, and Basil the Rat.

Moreover, if you give Fawlty Towers a chance and still do not care for British and physical humour, at least you can say you tried your best to appreciate the teamwork portrayed in the most highly regarded and critically acclaimed of these shows.

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There is a review of the DVD box set Fawlty Towers: The Complete Collection Remastered on ArtsyVisions.com. We highly recommend watching the series, and the DVD box set contains some great bonus material!

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Basil Fawlty

Owner and Manager of the Fawlty Towers Hotel

Basil Fawlty's spiritual portrait is very colorful, showing his preferences are very slight, making it fairly easy for people to relate to his character. Click on the image to learn more! .... [More] [Less]

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Sybil Fawlty

Real Manager of the Fawlty Towers Hotel

Sybil Fawlty's spiritual portrait shows she is very decisive, and in the show there is no doubt that she is the one who is in charge. Click on the image to learn more! .... [More] [Less]

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Polly Sherman

Chambermaid at the Fawlty Towers Hotel

Polly Sherman's spiritual portrait shows she is open to new ideas and treats others with compassion. Click on the image to learn more! .... [More] [Less]

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Waiter at the Fawlty Towers Hotel

Manuel's spiritual portrait shows he is open to new experiences and patient with others. Click on the image to learn more! .... [More] [Less]

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