Summary

Four classic BBC TV episodes featuring a newly-added interview with John Cleese. Communication Problems
Basil has to contend with Mrs. Richards, a deaf battle-axe who leaves her hearing aid 'off' to conserve batteries. But even his whispers are picked up by Sybil, especially when it comes to a certain horse running in a certain race.
The Hotel Inspectors
News that hotel inspectors are in the area sends Basil into a frenzy of excessive rudeness and then, believing one of the guests is an inspector, excessive fawning.
Basil the Rat
Manuel has a new pet, but Basil thinks the 'Siberian Hamster' is nothing more than a rat, just what he doesn't need with a public health inspector on the loose.
The Builders
Basil soon finds out why O'Reilly and his men come cheap when he scraps Sybil's builder in favour of his own. Will he be able to repair the damage before Sybil returns?
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(P)1994, 2001 BBC Worldwide Ltd
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5 out of 5 stars
By Scorpio48 on 25-10-16

Brilliant

Absolutely brilliant I thoroughly enjoyed it. Just as funny as I remember. Still makes me laugh.

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2 out of 5 stars
By Sandy on 03-09-16

Does not transfer well to radio

What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

If the script were somehow different, perhaps less focus on visual gags because the audience was laughing and, for the listener, there was nothing to laugh at.

What did you like best about this story?

I love Fawlty Towers, but this just doesn't work.

How did the narrator detract from the book?

They didn't.

If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Fawlty Towers, Volume 1?

Anything with a visual gag.

Any additional comments?

I love Fawlty Towers, but I'll stick to the TV version in future.

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5 out of 5 stars
By Donald on 24-01-05

The Greatest !

Possibly the funniest series ever!
John Cleese, Connie Booth, Prunella Scales et al.
Cleese wrote the first 6 shows with Booth (his then wife......who, by the by, is American.) The series was so popular that BBC begged for 6 more episodes. Cleese and Booth (now divorced) got together and brought us 6 more gems of comic genius.
The Major, Manuel ( who narrates the series in letters to his Mom ), Chef......they are all here! To my surprise I found that I enjoyed the audio version more than the televised show.
If you are serious about funny, you will get the whole series post haste!
I already have these. You lucky Audible Listeners!

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5 out of 5 stars
By Emily on 29-06-13

From TV to radio, it still keeps you laughing

In addition to being brilliantly funny, Fawlty Towers is, at times, a very physical comedy with lots of visual gags (think of the German marching walk and the business with the moose head). They've neatly solved this problem by having the episodes narrated by Manuel, the Spanish waiter (Andrew Sachs). These voice-overs make it clear what's happening, but those who are very familiar with the show might find them unnecessary. There are also discussions with writer and performer John Cleese before each episode, which are well worth listening to if you're a fan and are after some extra insight and knowledge about the show and its creation, but also slightly give away some of the events in the upcoming show (but they don't ruin them at all).

The episodes remain hysterically funny, but also painfully awkward, as they were on first viewing on the BBC. Brilliant work, and well worth a listen to revisit the good (and not so good) folks of Torquay.

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