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  • Hardcover: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton (18 Oct 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0340898119
  • ISBN-13: 978-0340898116
  • Product Dimensions: 23.4 x 15.5 x 3.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 178,959 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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'A tragi-comedy of creative tension, personality conflict, endearing characters and enduring catch phrases'

(The Times on Spike & Co )

 ‘You will laugh, you will learn, and you will, undoubtedly, start speaking in a silly voice.’

(Word on Spike & Co)

'A hugely entertaining read'

(Daily Telegraph on Dad's Army)

'Excellent. All but essential'

(Time Out on Dad's Army)

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The Sunday Times humour book of the year! --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Peter K. Henson on 12 Oct 2007
Format: Hardcover
This is a fine celebration of a magnificent sitcom. There were only twelve episodes in all, but they remain hugely popular and still seem incredibly sharp and alive. This book tells the story of how John Cleese and Connie Booth came to devise the idea of a fawlty hotel manager, and how the cast and crew went on to create each fantastically funny episode, and what people made of them. It must have been a challenge to write a thorough account of a show that appears to have caused no backstage rows or major crises, but I think the author does an impressive job of capturing the sense of its evolution, and underlines what made it so special. A classy production.
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By Mrs K E Tindall on 14 May 2013
Format: Paperback
Great book detailing the genesis of the sitcom. Would have preferred a bit more detail about the writing of the scripts, but that aside loved it.
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6 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Peter Wade VINE VOICE on 5 May 2008
Format: Hardcover
Fawlty Towers The story of Britain's favourite sitcom by Graham McCann

Graham McCann is a writer on popular British television subjects. such as Dad's Army and Galton and Simpson.

There is a trend now as we have acres of television to fill to go back to the old programmes particularly as they are declared to be classics and see how they were written and produced. When Fawlty Towers was on we only had a few television stations so you were fairly certain that most people you knew had seen it. We didn't have the opportunity to video it or watch endless repeats in the same week like we have now.

We had to savour each episode. Now you can buy it on DVD and watch it to our heart's content.. I used to listen to the audio cassettes in my car as I loved the words and had seen the Aston so often I did not need to view it. I also bought the complete scripts and used to read them like a novel. If they are repeat it on television I will watch them again. I haven't bought the DVD as I do not want to spoil myself by allowing myself to watch them when ever I like. Saying which however there are loads of clips on You Tube to watch.

He covers the inevitable " Who was it based on?" Non writers always ask the question where did you get the idea from. The world is full of ideas. Also where it was filmed that is the exterior shots so you have the inevitable stories the real Basil Fawlty and the real Fawlty Towers. It is as though the public have to believe these things really exist and cannot just accept it was a fiction.

It John Cleese and Connie Booth had not written the fictional Fawlty Towers would anyone have been remotely interested in the real ones. NO.
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3 of 8 people found the following review helpful By James Lee on 5 July 2008
Format: Hardcover
Well, what can I say? This really is a terrific book.

When Fawlty Towerd launched on to our screens in the seventies, we saw the legendary Fawlty Gang with John Cleese as the leader.

Buy this book and read it!
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1 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Steven H. Starry on 22 Feb 2009
Format: Hardcover
I haven't found resistance to this TV series yet amongst EFL / ESL students. They always ask for more.
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