Fawlty Towers, Volume 1

  • by John Cleese, Connie Booth
  • Narrated by John Cleese, Prunella Scales, Andrew Sachs, Full Cast
  • 2 hrs and 0 mins
  • Radio/TV Program

Publisher's 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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Customer Reviews

Most Helpful


Absolutely brilliant I thoroughly enjoyed it. Just as funny as I remember. Still makes me laugh.
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- Scorpio48

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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- Sandy

Book Details

  • Release Date: 24-01-2005
  • Publisher: BBC Worldwide Limited