End for Fawlty’s ho­tel

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LON­DON: The ho­tel that in­spired Fawlty Tow­ers is to be knocked down af­ter de­vel­op­ers se­cured per­mis­sion to con­vert the site into a re­tire­ment home.

John Cleese based the hi­lar­i­ous sit­com on the Gle­nea­gles Ho­tel in Torquay, Devon, af­ter stay­ing there with the Monty Python team in 1973. The for­mer owner, Don­ald Sin­clair, un­wit­tingly be­came the in­spi­ra­tion for Cleese’s char­ac­ter, Basil Fawlty.

The 41- bed­room ho­tel ceased op­er­at­ing early this year and Tor­bay Coun­cil ap­proved an ap­pli­ca­tion by Churchill Re­tire­ment Liv­ing to use the site for 36 re­tire­ment flats.

Plan­ning of­fi­cers al­lowed the change be­cause the for­mer ho­tel was “com­mer­cially un­vi­able” with lit­tle pass­ing trade and some dis­tance from the town and har­bour.

In Fawlty Tow­ers, Basil’s es­capades in­cluded try­ing to hide a rat from a hy­giene in­spec­tor. The show was voted No 1 in the Bri­tish Film In­sti­tute’s 100 Great­est Tele­vi­sion Pro­grammes. – The In­de­pen­dent

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