Fawlty Towers - Series 2  [DVD] 
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DVD Special Features:
Exclusive interview with John Cleese
Exclusive interview with Prunella Scales
Special Basil Fawlty link
Includes a special illustrated booklet
Often hailed as the greatest ever British sitcom, Fawlty Towers is closer to the more elaborate tradition of farce. Comprising two series made in 1975 and 1979, the total of just 12 episodes were painstakingly constructed by writers John Cleese and Connie Booth. Unlike most British farce, however, Fawlty Towers deals with the big themes--death, psychology, xenophobia and even sex-o-phobia (Basil's marriage to Sybil is the most sterile ever depicted in a sitcom).Basil's contempt for his guests is, of course, legendary. It takes little from patrons to unleash his sledgehammer sarcasm: "Rosewood, mahogany, teak? Sorry, I was wondering what you'd like your breakfast tray made out of," he sneers at a guest who dares request breakfast in bed. Like every Englishman, he wants to be king of his own castle and resents having to take in lodgers to maintain the place, especially the open-necked younger generation, whom he regards as sub-human. Mostly, though, Fawlty Towers is comedy of exasperation--who can forget the "damn good thrashing" Basil gives his clapped-out car, or the nervous breakdowns he almost suffers trying to make himself understood to Manuel? It's also comedy of embarrassment. The very fear of losing his dignity generally leads Basil into the most spectacularly undignified of predicaments. His inevitable misery is our sheer delight.--David Stubbs
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This time Basil has problems with Americans, health inspectors and various others who he considers to be riff raff.
It is all more tongue in cheek than the political correctness brigade would ever advise.
Perhaps the enduring appeal of Fawlty Towers is that only 12 episodes ere made and the concept wasn't done to death.
There is one word of warning when buying this DVD though-it unfortunately does not have all the special features which are listed like, the "special illustrated booklet." This is a shame because this would make the DVD perfect in my view. However, if you simply want to enjoy some fantastic comedy then I can't recommend this series highly enough. It is worthy of 5 stars and a whole lot more besides.
And if you do a google search for connie booth you get to see even more of her.... on video dailymotion. (Best not do it with your daughters watching).
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