Fawlty Tow­ers: The Story of Bri­tain’s Favourite Sit­com

The Weekend Australian - Review - - Books -

‘‘ A LEAN, lanky, mous­ta­chioed man with clenched fists, clenched hair and a clenched heart’’ walks into a bar — his own ho­tel bar — and abuses pa­trons at ran­dom. Based on a real reg­i­men­tal ho­tel boss in Torquay, Basil Fawlty is adored in scores of coun­tries from Tonga to Bos­nia. Gra­ham McCann’s lively ac­count of John Cleese’s manic re- cre­ation shows how only 12 episodes in the 1970s were enough to seal Fawlty Tow­ers ’ long- term rep­u­ta­tion as ‘‘ the ho­tel we can switch off at any time, but never want to leave’’. By Gra­ham McCann, Hod­der & Stoughton, 336pp, $ 39.95

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