Fawlty Towers - Coastal guest
house by the Sea of Torquay featured on the British sitcom FAWLTY TOWERS/BBC/1975 & 1979.
Staff of Fawlty Towers (Polly, Basil, Sybil and
The inn was jointly owned by Basil Fawlty (John Cleese) and his wife, Sybil (Prunella
Scales) who was the brains behind the operation. Sybil's level head and
no-nonsense manner often clashed with her ill-tempered husband who verbally
brutalized their guests.
Among those to feel the brunt of Basil's sarcastic wit
was Manuel, the hotel's bellman (from Barcelona, Spain) who constantly
misunderstood his orders ("Please try to understand before one of us dies!");
waitress Polly Sherman (Connie Booth); and Major Gowen (Ballard Berkeley) a
regular resident at the inn.
TRIVIA NOTE: Two attempts to recreate the success
of FAWLTY TOWERS have been undertaken by American television including
AMANDA'S/ABC/1983 starring Beatrice Arthur as Amanda Cartwright, the owner of
Amanda's by-the-Sea, a quiet coastal inn; and PAYNE/CBS/1999 starring John
Larroquette as Royal Payne, the unscrupulous proprietor of Whispering Pines, a
California hotel that he operated with his wife, Connie (played by JoBeth
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