A room with a view

Well, may I ask what you expected to see out of a Torquay hotel bedroom window? Sydney Opera House, perhaps? The Hanging Gardens of Babylon? Herds of wildebeest sweeping majestically…?

A second entry for this great British institution, just 12 episodes that are indelibly etched into comedy history

Basil Fawlty

John Cleese, who played the inimitable Basil Fawlty, is an actor, comedian, writer, and film producer, and has been in some of the most memorable and groundbreaking comedy programs, from The Frost Report to Monty Python

The full text for the quote, from the episode “Communication Problems” goes:

Mrs. Richards: When I pay for a room with a view, I expect something more interesting than that.

Basil: That is Torquay madam.

Mrs. Richards: Well it’s not good enough.

Basil: Well, may I ask what you expected to see out of a Torquay hotel bedroom window? Sydney Opera House, perhaps? The Hanging Gardens of Babylon? Herds of wildebeest sweeping majestically…?

Mrs. Richards: Don’t be silly. I expect to be able to see the sea.

Basil: You can see the sea. It’s over there between the land and the sky.

Mrs. Richards: I’d need a telescope to see that.

UKCQ 😀

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