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Fawlty Towers

40th AnniversarySaturday at 12.45pm to 7.30pm on September 19

ABOUT THE SHOW

Comedy classic

Manic, arrogant, sycophantic and sadistic, Basil Fawlty is the perfect vehicle for John Cleese’s comic brilliance.

A much put-upon, hard-working hotel ‘manager’, Basil’s life is plagued by dead guests, hotel inspectors and riff-raff. His biggest headache is a “nest of vipers” – his nagging wife Sibyl (Prunella Scales).

Together they run their hotel, Fawlty Towers, with a little help from the unflappable Polly (Connie Booth), and hardly any help at all from Manuel (Andrew Sachs), the trainee waiter from Barcelona who is as mad as his boss and the butt of all his frustration.

How well do you know Fawlty Towers?

Do you know your Waldorf salad from your Duck Surprise? Find out with our Fawlty Towers 40th Anniversary quiz.

Start the quiz

Question 1/22

1.Where is Fawlty Towers set?

A

Torquay

B

Southend

C

Swansea

Question 2/22

2.What did Basil poetically compare to "somebody machine-gunning a seal?

A

Sybil's laugh

B

The sounds of the kitchen

C

Manuel's singing

Question 3/22

3.Which chef in the series took a fancy to Manuel?

A

Sam

B

Leo

C

Kurt

Question 4/22

4.What is the Major’s surname?

A

Smith

B

Philip

C

Gowen

Question 5/22

5.Sybil's distinctive laugh was based on?

A

Connie Booth

B

Prunella Scales

C

Bridget Turner

Question 6/22

6.Basil enacted his infamous Hitler impression while mentally unwell due to?

A

Being hit in the head by Sybil

B

Falling off a ladder

C

Being hit in the head by Manuel

Question 7/22

7.How many episodes of Fawlty Towers were made?

A

24

B

12

C

8

Question 8/22

8.What exactly is in Fawlty Towers' signature dish, Duck Surprise?

A

Duck with cherries

B

Duck with orange

C

Duck without anything else

Question 9/22

9.Basil has an odd knack of referencing which political figure?

A

Richard Nixon

B

Henry Kissinger

C

The Queen

Question 10/22

10.A public health inspector was suitably appalled to find what in the hotel's water tank?

A

Dead rats

B

Dead Pigeons

C

Food Waste

Question 11/22

11.Polly indulges in which hobby in Fawlty Towers?

A

Dancing

B

Painting

C

Horse Riding

Question 12/22

12.Basil Fawlty was inspired by a real-life hotel owner described by John Cleese as "the most marvellously rude man I've ever met". What was his name?

A

Donald Sinclair

B

William Donald

C

Philip Rodman

Question 13/22

13.Basil was outraged when the guest he thought was a hotel inspector turned out to be?

A

Car salesman

B

A spoon salesman

C

Plumber

Question 14/22

14.What was the name of Basil's own version of a Waldorf Salad?

A

Hilton salad

B

Ritz salad

C

Salad surprise

Question 15/22

15.The Major believed which inanimate object could talk?

A

A Moosehead

B

A painting

C

A garden gnome

Question 16/22

16.Basil gave his car a “Damn good thrashing” in Fawlty Towers but why was he out at the time?

A

He was trying to put a bet on a horse

B

He was collecting food for guests at Fawlty Towers

C

He was picking up Sybil from the Doctors

Question 17/22

17.What's the name of Sybil's best friend in Fawlty Towers?

A

Marjorie

B

Aubry

C

Audrey

Question 18/22

18.Farty Tower, Flay Otters, Fatty Owls, Warty Towels, Flowery Twats..which character inflicts this on the Fawlty Towers sign?

A

Gardener

B

The paperboy

C

Local farmer

Question 19/22

19.Basil won a sum of money by betting on which horse?

A

Dragon

B

Dragonfly

C

High Flyer

Question 20/22

20.Who was the Lord that had a “Touch of Class” but whom turned out to be a conman?

A

Lord Melbury

B

Lord Mulberry

C

Lord Delbry

Question 21/22

21.What was the name of the last episode ever made of Fawlty Towers?

A

The Kipper and the Corpse

B

The Anniversary

C

Basil the Rat

Question 22/22

22.Who are the prim and dotty old ladies who call Fawlty Towers home?

A

Miss Roland and Miss Humbert

B

Miss Hutley and Miss Finch

C

Miss Tibbs and Miss Gatsby

You scored

Next on...

Episode 2, Series 2

Friday August 18 at 3:40am

The Psychiatrist

Basil is enraged when a young tough is booked into the hotel, and he may have smuggled a young lady into his room. A psychiatrist arrives, this further irritates Basil.

Episode 3, Series 1

Sunday August 20 at 1:25am

The Wedding

Basil is outraged when an unmarried couple want to book a room, and attempts to impose his own ethics upon them.

Episode 4, Series 1

Sunday August 20 at 2:00am

The Hotel Inspectors

Basil is in terror when he hears some hotel inspectors are in town.

Episode 5, Series 1

Sunday August 20 at 2:35am

Gourmet Night

Basil and a new chef try to make the Towers a gourmet's paradise.

Episode 1, Series 2

Sunday August 20 at 3:10am

Communication Problems

Basil (John Cleese) makes the mistake of entrusting his gambling winnings to the Major; he makes a second mistake by taking on the sometimes deaf Mrs. Richards.

Episode 6, Series 1

Monday August 21 at 3:10am

The Germans

Basil Fawlty decides to hold a fire drill. The result is confusion - and a party of Germans who are staying at Fawlty Towers add to the muddle.

Episode 3, Series 2

Monday August 21 at 10:35am

Waldorf Salad

An American traveller demands a level of service beyond what is usually provided at the "Torquay Riviera". When a guest requests a Waldorf salad the ordeal throws the kitchen into a…

Episode 4, Series 2

Monday August 21 at 11:10am

The Kipper And The Corpse

A panic stricken Basil (John Cleese) tries to cover up the fact that he served rotten fish to a guest who later dies in his bed.

Episode 5, Series 2

Tuesday August 22 at 10:30am

Anniversary

Sybil thinks that Basil has forgotten their wedding anniversary when actually, Basil has arranged a surprise party with Sybil's friends.

Episode 6, Series 2

Tuesday August 22 at 11:05am

Basil The Rat

Manuel thinks he has purchased a Siberian hamster for a pet. Basil (John Cleese) is convinced that the gullible Spaniard has been sold a rat... just as the health inspector comes to…

Episode 5, Series 2

Wednesday August 23 at 4:25am

Anniversary

Sybil thinks that Basil has forgotten their wedding anniversary when actually, Basil has arranged a surprise party with Sybil's friends.

Episode 1, Series 1

Friday August 25 at 7:00pm

A Touch Of Class

Basil Fawlty's pretentious snobbery leads him to encourage a somewhat classier clientele to Fawlty Towers, and Lord Melbury's arrival is right up his street.

Episode 3, Series 2

Sunday August 27 at 1:20am

Waldorf Salad

An American traveller demands a level of service beyond what is usually provided at the "Torquay Riviera". When a guest requests a Waldorf salad the ordeal throws the kitchen into a…

Episode 5, Series 2

Sunday August 27 at 1:55am

Anniversary

Sybil thinks that Basil has forgotten their wedding anniversary when actually, Basil has arranged a surprise party with Sybil's friends.

Episode 4, Series 2

Monday August 28 at 1:45am

The Kipper And The Corpse

A panic stricken Basil (John Cleese) tries to cover up the fact that he served rotten fish to a guest who later dies in his bed.

Episode 6, Series 2

Monday August 28 at 2:20am

Basil The Rat

Manuel thinks he has purchased a Siberian hamster for a pet. Basil (John Cleese) is convinced that the gullible Spaniard has been sold a rat... just as the health inspector comes to…

Episode 2, Series 1

Friday September 1 at 6:55pm

The Builders

Basil needs to find builders to do some work in the lobby and chooses the lowest quote. But soon discovers why they came so cheap.

Episode 2, Series 1

Monday September 4 at 6:50am

The Builders

Basil needs to find builders to do some work in the lobby and chooses the lowest quote. But soon discovers why they came so cheap.

Episode 3, Series 1

Friday September 8 at 6:55pm

The Wedding

Basil is outraged when an unmarried couple want to book a room, and attempts to impose his own ethics upon them.

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