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Andrew Sachs dies aged 86

This year (2016) has seen far too many celebrity deaths and the news of Andrew Sachs dying last week has come as a complete shock. We will always remember his portrayal of Manuel, but he is also a much loved British icon. Let's hope the BBC will re-air Fawlty


Andrew Sachs to join the cast of EastEnders

Fawlty Towers star Andrew Sachs is joining the cast of EastEnders. The veteran actor of the much beloved comedy series, is said to be guest starring in a few episodes of the long-running BBC One soap opera in the new year. An EastEnders spokesperson confirmed



I learned it from a book

John Cleese, aka Basil Fawlty, has signed an agreement to publish his Autobiography the Independent reports. Cleese will work with Nigel Wilcockson from Random House Books who have acquired the world rights

`Cleese ties the knot again

Going against the advice of his former colleagues who he feared would ‘knee-cap’ him on hearing such news; Fawlty Towers star John Cleese has tied the knot and married for the fourth time. Cleese has married Bath-based Jewellery designer Jennifer Wade aged



Basil heads to Garstang!

GARSTANG Theatre Group is ringing the changes this Spring. Instead of its usual musical production the group is presenting three episodes from the classic TV series “Fawlty Towers. The episodes are “The Hotel Inspectors,” “Communication Problems,” and “Basil



Secret Policeman's Ball crosses Atlantic

Russell Brand, Coldplay and a host of other acts have taken part in a Secret Policeman's Ball gala in New York - the first to take place outside the UK. The Amnesty International benefit at Radio City Music Hall was held to mark the organisation's 50th anniversary. British


Fawlty Towers star David Kelly dead at 82

ACTOR David Kelly, who made millions laugh as a dodgy Irish builder in Fawlty Towers, has died at 82. Dublin-born Kelly had an impressive stage, film and TV career spanning 50 years. But it was nine minutes he spent as Mr O'Reilly in the hotel comedy classic



Not even Fawlty Towers could ruin our big day

Black Country bride Faye Garrington has told how her dream Princess Di-style wedding did not quite go to plan at a Devon hotel with a “Fawlty Towers” style reputation. Fall-outs with the management, a row with a hairdresser and a revving scooter led to tears


Netflix U.K. nabs "Fawlty Towers" in BBC Worldwide deal

LOS ANGELES (TheWrap.com) - Classic episodes of "Fawlty Towers" and "Miss Marple" are just a few of the titles that will be available to Netflix customers in the United Kingdom and Ireland thanks to a new licensing pact with BBC Worldwide. Starting in early


Fawlty Towers' John Howard Davies dies

Veteran comedy producer John Howard Davies has died at the age of 72. After an initial short career as a child actor, Howard Davies worked outside of showbusiness before joining the BBC as a production assistant. Whilst at the corporation he produced and



Fawlty Towers script auctioned for New Vic Theatre

An original Fawlty Towers script belonging to Prunella Scales has been sold at auction to raise money for north Staffordshire's New Vic Theatre. The actress, who played Sybil in the sitcom, donated it to the New Vic in memory of the theatre's founder Peter



Happy Birthday Fawlty Towers Sept 19th 2005

It’s been 30 years since the classic comedy Fawlty Towers was first broadcast on television. The antics of Basil Fawlty, his wife Sybil, hapless Spanish waiter Manuel and the ever-sensible Polly grabbed the imagination when it first went out on BBC Two

Fawlty Towers hotel fetches £1.5m

The Devon hotel which inspired the classic BBC sitcom Fawlty Towers has been sold for about £1.5m. Show creator John Cleese based the character of Basil Fawlty on Donald Sinclair, a former owner of the Hotel Gleneagles, in Torquay. Husband and wife Panna


"$1 a week, that's only three cigarettes!"

When is that picture frame ever going to get put up Basil? Well, probably never because John Cleese has launched his new web site today (14th November 2004) and it looks packed full of great stuff. More of a mini Television network than a web site really.

US drops Cleese sitcom

A sitcom starring former Monty Python star John Cleese has been dropped from US television after just two episodes. Bosses at ABC television made the decision because the show, Wednesday 9.30, failed to pull in high ratings. Many good shows need time


German Basil avoids 'war'

BBC Worldwide's German remake of classic comedy Fawlty Towers will be much like the British original - except for the absence of the "Don't mention the war" sketch. The new series, announced by Worldwide last year, will be produced by Cologne-based company


Fawlty Towers tops TV hits

Madcap comedy series Fawlty Towers is the UK TV industry's favourite British television programme, according to a survey published on Tuesday. The poll, conducted by the British Film Institute, asked 1,600 programme-makers, TV critics, writers and executives



Fawlty Towers goes west

Fawlty Towers, the classic British TV comedy series, is to be remade for American television. A spokesman for John Cleese, the ex-Monty Python star who co-wrote the cult sitcom with his former wife Connie Booth, confirmed that a "changed format deal" has