Next contestant, Mrs. Sybil Fawlty from Torquay. Specialist subject – the bleeding obvious.
Looking back now at this short-lived sitcom from the 70’s, the humour that the cast of Fawlty Towers brought out of the episode, it is a wonder why it never continued. John Cleese epitomised the hen-pecked man permanently running around trying to please everyone all the time but totally and utterly failing in every way possible, often in a way that would make even the strongest constitutions cringe.
Fawlty Towers consisted of just 12 episodes, but such was its long-lasting appeal that it was placed first in a list of the BFI TV 100 drawn up by the British Film Institute in 2000. It was also voted fifth in the BBC’s “Britain’s Best Sitcom” poll in 2004. In 1997, the episode “The Germans” was ranked #12 on TV Guide’s 100 Greatest Episodes of All Time. Politically incorrect in so many ways now, the episodes are still incredibly funny.
Oh, and the title for this post, one of Basil’s terms of endearment for his wife…