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Fawlty Towers was only on our screens for 12 half-hour episodes, but it has stayed in our lives ever since. The Major; ‘Don’t mention the war!’; ‘He’s from Barcelona’; Basil the Rat – everyone has a favourite line, moment or character.

In this, the first biography of the show, Graham McCann holds up to the light each of the unpredictable elements – the demented brilliance of John Cleese, his creative partnership with Connie Booth –  that added up to an immortal sitcom, beloved all over the world, even in Barcelona.


Will be enjoyable for all devotees of Britain's favourite sitcom . . . The pleasure to be had in McCann's episode summaries is testament to the sitcom's enduring brilliance.
'A tragi-comedy of creative tension, personality conflict, endearing characters and enduring catch phrases'
<i>The Times</i> on <i> Spike & Co <i />
'You will laugh, you will learn, and you will, undoubtedly, start speaking in a silly voice.'
<i>Word</i> on <i>Spike & Co<i />
'A hugely entertaining read'
<i>Daily Telegraph</i> on <i>Dad's Army<i>
'Excellent. All but essential'
<i>Time Out</i> on <i>Dad's Army<i>
A remarkable researcher [whose] results are pure gold. . . [Fawlty Towers] is a work of scholarship. . . its lightness of touch and its arcane information make it quite unputdownable.
<i>Sydney Morning Herald