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Fawlty Towers

40th AnniversarySaturday at Midday 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.The Major believed which inanimate object could talk?

A

A Moosehead

B

A painting

C

A garden gnome

Question 2/22

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

A

Duck with cherries

B

Duck with orange

C

Duck without anything else

Question 3/22

3.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 4/22

4.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 5/22

5.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 6/22

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

A

Marjorie

B

Aubry

C

Audrey

Question 7/22

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

A

Hilton salad

B

Ritz salad

C

Salad surprise

Question 8/22

8.Sybil's distinctive laugh was based on?

A

Connie Booth

B

Prunella Scales

C

Bridget Turner

Question 9/22

9.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 10/22

10.How many episodes of Fawlty Towers were made?

A

24

B

12

C

8

Question 11/22

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

A

Sam

B

Leo

C

Kurt

Question 12/22

12.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 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.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 15/22

15.Polly indulges in which hobby in Fawlty Towers?

A

Dancing

B

Painting

C

Horse Riding

Question 16/22

16.What is the Major’s surname?

A

Smith

B

Philip

C

Gowen

Question 17/22

17.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 18/22

18.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 19/22

19.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 20/22

20.Where is Fawlty Towers set?

A

Torquay

B

Southend

C

Swansea

Question 21/22

21.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 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 5, Series 1

Saturday May 25 at 6:50am

Gourmet Night

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

Episode 6, Series 1

Saturday May 25 at 7:30am

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 1, Series 2

Saturday May 25 at 8:10am

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 2, Series 2

Saturday June 1 at 6:45am

The Psychiatrist

Basil is enraged when a young tough is booked into the hotel. Clearly, Sybil is taken with him and he may have smuggled a young lady into his room. A psychiatrist arrives, which further…

Episode 3, Series 2

Saturday June 1 at 7:30am

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…

Episode 4, Series 2

Saturday June 1 at 8:15am

The Kipper And The Corpse

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

Episode 5, Series 2

Saturday June 8 at 7:30am

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

Saturday June 8 at 8:10am

Basil The Rat

Manuel thinks he has purchased a Siberian hamster for a pet. Basil is convinced that the gullible Spaniard has been sold a rat, just as the health inspector comes to the hotel.

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