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

A

Marjorie

B

Aubry

C

Audrey

Question 2/22

2.Polly indulges in which hobby in Fawlty Towers?

A

Dancing

B

Painting

C

Horse Riding

Question 3/22

3.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 4/22

4.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

Question 5/22

5.Where is Fawlty Towers set?

A

Torquay

B

Southend

C

Swansea

Question 6/22

6.What is the Major’s surname?

A

Smith

B

Philip

C

Gowen

Question 7/22

7.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 8/22

8.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 9/22

9.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 10/22

10.How many episodes of Fawlty Towers were made?

A

24

B

12

C

8

Question 11/22

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

A

Hilton salad

B

Ritz salad

C

Salad surprise

Question 12/22

12.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 13/22

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

A

Richard Nixon

B

Henry Kissinger

C

The Queen

Question 14/22

14.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 15/22

15.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 16/22

16.Sybil's distinctive laugh was based on?

A

Connie Booth

B

Prunella Scales

C

Bridget Turner

Question 17/22

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

A

Duck with cherries

B

Duck with orange

C

Duck without anything else

Question 18/22

18.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 19/22

19.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 20/22

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

A

Sam

B

Leo

C

Kurt

Question 21/22

21.The Major believed which inanimate object could talk?

A

A Moosehead

B

A painting

C

A garden gnome

Question 22/22

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

A

Dragon

B

Dragonfly

C

High Flyer

You scored

Next on...

Episode 4, Series 2

Friday October 27 at 8:00pm

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 4, Series 2

Monday October 30 at 8:00am

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

Friday November 3 at 7:55pm

Anniversary

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

Episode 5, Series 2

Monday November 6 at 7:05am

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

Friday November 10 at 8:00pm

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 6, Series 2

Saturday November 11 at 2:45am

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 6, Series 2

Monday November 13 at 3:50am

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 6, Series 2

Monday November 13 at 7:20am

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…

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