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The greatest British sit-com of them all
on 8 March 2016
It's hard to imagine Fawlty Towers being made in this day and age of health and safety, and political correctness gone mad.
Foreigners are lampooned, the Irish are mocked, women are laughed at and dismissed with sexist disdain, and relations with Germany are re-set to 1945!
Actually, it's impossible to imagine this getting past layers of BBC management, but none the less, Fawlty Towers remains one of the greatest sit-coms known to mankind.
Like all good British sitcoms, the protagonist is an everyman blighted by bad luck, a victim of circumstance, or is just plain awful; his hopes and dreams crushed by a cruel world. Often he is in some petty employment, or is entrusted with the role of a minor official or manager, which only adds too the calamity, as he struggles to make sense of a changing world.
Hanging on in quiet desperation is the English way, Pink Flloyd once sang, - they may have well have been singing about Basil Fawlty, as he lurches from one disaster to the next, involving Irish builders, dead guests, incompetent staff, or mad army veterans. Mostly he's plain unlucky, but often, it's a result of Fawlty shooting himself in the foot, again, as he pays the price for acting like a cheapskate.
The only fault with this series is its establishment of the 6 episode series, which became a strait-jacket for future comedy series. Imagine only 12 episodes of cheers or Frasier...
No, neither can I!