Fem Good book to pick up and read scdipts and again, since it is comprised of the 12 scripts that make up the two seasons of this BBC show. You know men are coming to do some work here? To get the free app, enter your mobile phone number. Get to Know Us. Yes you did, you invaded Poland! However, for those studying teleplays for wonderful examples of playwriting — from structuring pratfalls to slipping in throwaway wit — these scripts are the text at the foundation of the hilarious screen series.
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Edit Template:Main Basil Fawlty , played by John Cleese , is a cynical and snobbish misanthrope who is desperate to belong to a higher social class. He sees a successful hotel as a means of achieving this "turn it into an establishment of class He is intimidated by his wife Sybil Fawlty.
He yearns to stand up to her, but his plans frequently conflict with her demands. She is often verbally abusive memorably describing him as "an aging, brilliantined stick insect" but although he towers over her, he often finds himself on the receiving end of her temper, verbally and physically as in " The Builders ".
Basil usually turns to Manuel or Polly to help him with his schemes, while trying his best to keep Sybil from discovering them. However, Basil occasionally laments for the time when there was passion in their relationship, now seemingly lost. Also, it appears he still does care for her, and actively resists the flirtations of a French guest in one episode.
The penultimate episode, " The Anniversary ," is about his efforts to put together a surprise anniversary party involving their closest friends. He continues guessing even after Sybil is out of earshot, and mentions other anniversaries none of which happened on April 17 , including the Battle of Trafalgar and Yom Kippur , just to enhance the surprise.
Sybil believes he really has forgotten, and leaves in a huff. In an interview in the DVD box set, Cleese claims this episode deliberately takes a slightly different tone from the others, fleshing out their otherwise inexplicable status as a couple as well as saying that, if a third series had been made, there would have been similar episodes.
John Cleese himself was only 13 when the Korean War ended, making the character of Basil at least five or six years older than he. Basil exaggerates this period of his life, proclaiming to strangers, "I killed four men. He used to poison them. He also claims to have sustained a shrapnel injury to his leg; it tends to flare up at suspiciously convenient times. The only person Basil consistently exhibits tolerance and good manners towards is the old and senile Major Gowen , a veteran of one of the World Wars which one never is specified, though he once mentions to Mrs.
Peignoir that he was in France in who permanently resides at the hotel. When interacting with Manuel, Basil displays a rudimentary ability with Spanish Basil states that he "learned classical Spanish, not the strange dialect he [Manuel] seems to have picked up" ; this ability also is ridiculed, as in the first episode in which a guest, whom Basil has immediately dismissed as working-class, communicates fluently with Manuel in Spanish after Basil is unable to do so.
The " Hotel Inspectors " and " Gourmet Night " episodes feature guests who are shown to be deeply annoying with constant, and unreasonable demands.
In "Gourmet Night," the chef gets drunk and is unable to cook dinner, leaving Basil to scramble in an attempt to salvage the evening. Much of the time, Basil is an unfortunate victim of circumstance. Energetic and petite, she prefers a working wardrobe of tight skirt-suits in shiny fabrics and sports a tower of permed hair augmented with hairpieces and wigs and necessitating the use of overnight curlers.
She often is a more effective manager of the hotel, making sure Basil gets certain jobs done or stays out of the way when she is handling difficult guests.
Despite this, she rarely participates directly in the running of the hotel. During busy check-in sessions or meal times, while everyone else is busy working, Sybil frequently is talking on the phone to one of her friends with her phrase "Oohhh, I knoooooooow" or chatting to customers.
She has a distinctive conversational tone and braying laugh, which Basil compares to "someone machine-gunning a seal. When she barks his name at him, he flinchingly freezes in his tracks.
Basil refers to her by a number of epithets, occasionally to her face, including "that golfing puff-adder," "the dragon," "toxic midget," "the sabre-toothed tart," "my little kommandant," "my little piranha fish," "my little nest of vipers" and "you rancorous, coiffured old sow. Polly Sherman Edit Template:Main Polly Sherman , played by Connie Booth , is a waitress and general helper at the hotel with aspirations of being an artist.
Polly finally agrees, but only on condition that Basil lends her money to purchase a car, which he has previously refused to do. Polly generally is good-natured but sometimes shows her frustration, and has odd moments of malice. In " The Kipper and the Corpse ", the pampered shih-tzu dog of an elderly guest bites Polly and Manuel. Despite her part-time employment during meal times , Polly frequently is saddled with many other duties, including manager in " The Germans " when Sybil and Basil are incapacitated.
In the first series, Polly is said to be an art student who, according to Basil, has spent three years at university. In " Gourmet Night ", she is seen to draw a sketch presumably an impressionistic caricature of Basil, which everyone but Basil immediately recognizes.
Polly is not referred to as a student in the second series, although in both series she is shown to have a flair for languages, displaying ability in both Spanish and German. Manuel Edit Template:Main Manuel , a waiter played by Andrew Sachs , is a well-meaning but disorganized and confused Spaniard from Barcelona with a poor grasp of the English language and customs. He is verbally and physically abused by his boss. He is relentlessly enthusiastic and is proud of what little English he knows.
During the series, Sachs twice was seriously injured. Cleese describes using a real metal pan to knock Manuel unconscious in " The Wedding Party ," although he would have preferred to use a rubber one. He appears in only the second series of episodes. Terry used to work in Dorchester not at The Dorchester , as believed by a guest. Cleese himself told Hall to portray Terry as if he were on the run from the police. Major Gowen , played by Ballard Berkeley , is a slightly senile, amiable old soldier who is a permanent resident of the hotel.
This is because of his former military status, making him a symbol of the establishment status that Basil craves. He usually wears the Royal Artillery jagged-striped tie, and once mentions to Mrs. Peignoir being in France in He often is introduced as their "oldest resident," and, in the episode "Waldorf Salad," Basil reveals that the Major has lived there for seven years. In the episode " The Germans ," he shows he has trouble forgiving the Germans because of the wars.
The best he can say is that German women make good card players. In the same episode, he also demonstrates his outdated racial attitudes when he comments about the ethnic difference between " wogs " and " niggers " -- but in a manner innocent of malice or bigotry.
Seemingly inseparable, these sweet-natured, dotty spinsters appear to have taken a fancy to Basil, feeling that they need to take care of him. In response, Basil vacillates between superficial charm and blunt rudeness during his conversations with them.
Talking with Audrey is a refuge for Sybil. When times get tough Audrey has a dysfunctional relationship with her husband George , Sybil will offer solutions and guidance, often resulting in the catchphrase "Ohhh, I knowwww The Paperboy, though rarely seen, is revealed to be the prankster who rearranges the letters on the "Fawlty Towers" sign to sometimes crude phrases.
Yozshugor Not funny for her, not for us, not for any German people. A great present for a great person. However, for those studying teleplays for wonderful examples of playwriting — from structuring pratfalls to slipping in throwaway wit — these scripts are the text at the foundation of the csripts screen series. Showing of 34 reviews. Oct 02, Bunny rated it really liked it Shelves: The only thing missing are the opening hotel signs that begin each episode.
The Complete Fawlty Towers
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Fawlty Towers - Transcript (I)
In "The Psychiatrist", Basil Fawlty is justifiably self-conscious — if not paranoid — about having a psychiatrist staying in his hotel. If ever there was a man of parts whose best and worst parts so often seem to be faults, that man is Basil Fawlty. This episode serves up a typically generous assortment of confusions and minor disasters, followed by explanations or cover-ups that make things worse. At the moment, Basil is lurking in a broom closet upstairs, trying to catch a girl that a guest, Johnson, has smuggled into his room.
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He sees a successful hotel as a means of achieving this, yet his job forces him to be polite to people he despises. He is intimidated by his wife Sybil Fawlty. He yearns to stand up to her, but his plans frequently conflict with her demands. She is often verbally abusive describing him as "an ageing, brilliantined stick insect" but although he towers over her, he often finds himself on the receiving end of her temper, verbally and physically as in " The Builders ". Basil usually turns to Manuel or Polly to help him with his schemes, while trying his best to keep Sybil from discovering them. However, Basil occasionally laments the time when there was passion in their relationship, now seemingly lost.