23 Facts About Basil Fawlty

1. Basil Fawlty Towers—The Complete Series was released on DVD on 16 October 2001, available in regions 1, 2 and 4.

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2. Basil Fawlty Towers originally was released by BBC Video in 1984, with three episodes on each of four tapes.

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3. The first album, simply titled Basil Fawlty Towers, was released in 1979 and contained the audio from "Communication Problems" and "Hotel Inspectors".

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4. Basil Fawlty Towers became a huge success in almost all countries in which it aired.

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5. Basil Fawlty came top of the Britain's Funniest Comedy Character poll, held by Five on 14 May 2006.

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6. Basil Fawlty invites some friends over for a surprise party to mark his and Sybil's wedding anniversary.

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7. Basil Fawlty was finally invited to Spain to meet Manuel's family.

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8. The only person Basil Fawlty consistently exhibits tolerance and good manners towards is the old and senile Major Gowen, a veteran of one of the world wars who permanently resides at the hotel.

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9. Basil Fawlty usually turns to Manuel or Polly to help him with his schemes, while trying his best to keep Sybil from discovering them.

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10. Basil Fawlty Towers is a British television sitcom broadcast on BBC2 in 1975 and 1979.

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11. In 2000, the British Film Institute voted Basil Fawlty Towers the best British television series of all time—but it was very nearly not made at all.

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12. Basil Fawlty Towers, one of the best-loved sitcoms ever made, was first broadcast 40 years ago this month.

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13. Basil Fawlty Towers didn't make much of a splash when its first episode aired.

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14. Basil Fawlty Towers turned the Gleneagles Hotel into something of a landmark in Torquay.

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15. Basil Fawlty criticised the American-born Terry Gilliam's table manners for being too American.

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16. Basil Fawlty Towers was inspired by the Monty Python team's stay in the Gleneagles Hotel in Torquay.

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17. Basil Fawlty is known for his tight-fisted attitude to the hotel's expenses, employing completely incompetent builder O'Reilly in "The Builders" simply because he was cheap.

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18. Basil Fawlty has made the point that on account of Basil's inner need to conflict with his wife's wishes, "Basil couldn't be Basil if he didn't have Sybil".

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19. Basil Fawlty is seen wearing a Winchester College tie, and a Balliol College, Oxford tie (in "The Germans").

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20. Basil Fawlty often wears military ties, and sports a military-type moustache.

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21. Basil Fawlty is known to have served in the British Army during the Korean War, possibly as part of his National Service.

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22. Basil Fawlty takes many of his frustrations out on the hapless waiter Manuel, physically abusing and bullying him in a variety of ways.

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23. Basil Fawlty often refers to her as "my little nest of vipers".

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