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The FAWLTY TOWERS Frequently Asked Questions

Antti J Tuominen, tuominen@iki.fi
Student of Computer Science and Engineering, 
Helsinki University of Technology, Finland

Version 1.14 19th October 1999

This FAQ is approved by the *.answers moderation team.


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This FAQ is a listing of Frequently asked questions with answers about
the British TV sitcom show "Fawlty Towers" aired in the mid and late
1970's. If you have questions about Fawlty Towers that you think
should be on this FAQ, please mail me. Also any additional information
or corrections are most welcome.  Please, report any typos, too. All
updates will be posted to alt.comedy.british, rec.arts.tv.uk.comedy,
alt.answers, rec.answers and news.answers and also made available at
my web home page (http://www.hut.fi/~ajtuomin/) along with a html
version. FAQ is also archived at rtfm.mit.edu. All questions or
comments concerning this FAQ should be directed to me,
ajtuomin@cc.hut.fi.

This is version 1.14 of the FAQ. The previous versions are also
available but due to limited disk space they must be requested by
e-mail from me if for some unknown reason someone still wants them. As
always I welcome all criticism and am more than happy to take any
ideas you might have. Keep your e-mails coming!


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What's new in 1.14?

This section is to provide a list of new things in the FAQ at one
glance. So if you've read the previous release, you know whether
there's anything new that interests you or not.

    * Dropped the Newhart reference in Q7 imitations.

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INDEX

The shows
    * Q1. I'm totally new to this Fawlty Towers. What's it all about?
    * Q2. Who played who on Fawlty Towers?
    * Q3. How many shows were there and when were they aired?
    * Q4. Can anyone tell me the name of Fawlty Towers' theme?
    * Q5. Where is the structure used in the filming of Fawlty Towers?
    * Q6. What did the Fawlty Towers sign say in episode XXX?
    * Q7. I saw something terribly similar to Fawlty Towers. Are there
      imitations?

Scripts, videos, etc.
    * Q8. Where can I get the scripts for the Fawlty Towers shows via 
      internet?
    * Q9. Are there some kind of script books or something?
    * Q10. Can I get the Fawlty Towers shows on video tape?
    * Q11. Is there any other material other besides books and videos?
    * Q12. Is there a newsgroup for Fawlty Towers?
    * Q13. Where can I find Fawlty Towers material in the net?
    * Q14. I know something that you don't about FT. What do I do?

Filmographies
    * F1. John Cleese
    * F2. Prunella Scales
    * F3. Andrew Sachs
    * F4. Connie Booth
    * F5. Ballard Berkeley
    * F6. Gilly Flower
    * F7. Renee Roberts
    * F8. Brian Hall

Release history

Contributors


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THE SHOWS

Question 1. I'm totally new to this Fawlty Towers. What's it all about?

Fawlty Towers is one of the funniest tv series ever. This British TV
comedy show, originally aired in the 70's (see Q3), rivals even Monty
Python's Flying Circus. After leaving the Pythons John Cleese wanted
to work with his wife Connie Booth and they came up with the idea of
Fawlty Towers. Indeed Cleese had had this idea of a hotel in his mind
for years. In a radio interview Cleese told that during filming of
some Monty Python material, the cast were staying at a hotel in
Torquay, and the owner/manager of the hotel was as Cleese described,
"_beautifully_ rude".

Apparently one of the cast, Graham Chapman I believe, misplaced a
briefcase, and when they asked the manager if he had seen it, he
pointed vaguely towards the door, and said "it's over there". After
repeated enquiries, they finally discovered he had put it behind a
brick wall across from the outside door of the hotel. When asked why
he had done this he told them he had thought it might be a bomb. This
was before bomb threats where commonplace, so Cleese and co. where
incredulous, and asked why on earth he imagined it might be a bomb.

"Well we've had some staff problems" he replied.

Cleese went on to say that after Fawlty Towers had been made, he went
back to see if the fellow was still around, but discovered that he had
emigrated to Canada to join his daughter. (Source: A Liars
Autobiography, Graham Chapman).

I've quoted the synopsis for the series from 'Life Before and After
Monty Python: The Solo Flights of the Flying Circus' by Kim "Howard"
Johnson:

"Basil Fawlty is the harried husband and irascible innkeeper who would
undoubtedly be running a first-class hotel if he didn't have to deal
with guests. His other obstacle to happiness and contentment is his
wife and worthy opponent, Sybil, who can hold her own against his
rages and fits. Polly, their maid, is the quiet voice of reason in the
eye of the storm, yet she manages to be drawn into Basil's schemes
more often than she would like. Their Spanish bellboy/waiter, Manuel,
is still the most consistent, constant irritant to Basil, however; his
slavish devotion to his employer and his less-than-perfect English
combined with a sub-standard intelligence are guaranteed to incur
Basil's wrath. The cast is rounded out with several resident guests,
including the scatter-brained major, and Miss Tibbs and Miss Gatsby,
with an assortment of guests coming and going each show."

(Copyright (c) 1993 by Kim "Howard" Johnson)

[I hope that using this quote from the book falls in the category of
"brief quotations embodied in critical articles or reviews". Would
someone care to make a new synopsis just for this FAQ?]

John Cleese claims to have spend 6 weeks on each show so every show is
really guaranteed to be packed with humour. After the first 6 shows,
however, Cleese and Booth got divorced (though they remained in
friendly terms) but the series lived on regardless. If you have never
seen any FT shows I strongly urge you to go to the nearest rental
store and rent some.

Question 2. Who played who on Fawlty Towers?

Because there already is a very good listing of actors and actresses
available at http://www.cm.cf.ac.uk/Fun/FawltyTowers.html I though it
necessary to only list the FT regulars:

 Character name		Actor/actress

 Basil Fawlty		John Cleese
 Sybil Fawlty		Prunella Scales
 Manuel			Andrew Sachs
 Polly			Connie Booth
 Major Gowen		Ballard Berkeley (died 19th Jan. 1988 aged 83)
 Miss Tibbs		Gilly Flower
 Miss Gatsby		Renee Roberts
 Terry			Brian Hall (second series)

Question 3. How many shows were there and when were they aired?

In all there were 12 shows. The shows were shown in two series. First
series aired in mid-seventies included the following shows:

 Episode			Airing date

 A Touch of Class		19th Sep. 1975
 The Builders			26th Sep. 1975
 The Wedding Party		3rd Oct. 1975
 The Hotel Inspectors		10th Oct. 1975
 Gourmet Night			17th Oct. 1975
 The Germans			24th Oct. 1975

After 4 years followed the second series which included the shows:

 Episode			Airing date

 Communications Problems	19th Feb. 1979
 The Psychiatrist		26th Feb. 1979
 Waldorf Salad			5th Mar. 1979
 The Kipper and the Corpse	12th Mar. 1979
 The Anniversary		26th Mar. 1979
 Basil the Rat			25th Oct. 1979

For full episode guide with even short descriptions of each show you
should take a look at
http://www.tardis.ed.ac.uk/~dave/guides/FawltyTowers/. Also there has
been discussion about some unaired episodes but I have no confirmed
knowledge of it. It has been suggested that they (or it) were "pilots"
or "trailers". If some Brit would be kind enough to check this from
the BBC Viewer Service (as a Finn I can't do much about it as they
only serve British customers) and share it with the rest of us.

Hans ten Cate told that "The Secret Policeman's Third Ball: The
Comedy" album has a segment on there with Andrew Sachs playing Manuel
in front of a theater audience. I hope that all appearances are now
accounted for.

Question 4. Can anyone tell me the name of Fawlty Towers' theme? Is it
an old piece of music, or was it written for the show?

The Internet Movie Database says that music for the Fawlty Towers was
composed by Dennis Wilson. So I guess it was written for the show. I
have no idea what the theme is called (sorry).

Hans ten Cate posted me of a CD containing this particular theme. Here
is the info he sent: "[the album is] "Public Television's Greatest
Hits" (1990) BMC Classics/RCA Victor, 60470-2-RC (U.S.) It says
"Fawlty Towers" by Dennis Wilson, arranged by Byron Olson. Its a much
slower and extended(!) version than the original theme song, but its
the same song alright..."

Robert Wagner from Hungary mailed me a .MID file containing the Fawlty
Towers theme. Robert says it's supposed to sound best on a Gravis
Ultrasound. If you are able to play MID files you can download it here
(http://www.hut.fi/~ajtuomin/Fawlty-Towers.FAQ/fawlty.mid). Thanks,
Robert.

Question 5. Where is the structure used in the filming of Fawlty Towers?

There was some discussion about this in the alt.comedy.british and the
participants came to this conclusion: the structure used for external
shots was located in a village called Woburn Green, near High Wycombe
in Buckinghamshire and was called the Wooburn Grange Country
Club. According to _The British Location Guide_ the house was an
Indian restaurant, then a nightclub called "Basil's". The structure
was damaged by fire some years back and was demolished.  Today the
location is occupied by eight houses. Nothing to see, sorry.

Question 6. What did the Fawlty Towers sign say in episode XXX?

Here's a list of things that were seen on the sign. Listed in order of
appearance.

 Episode			Sign says

 A Touch of Class		FAWLTY TOWERS
 The Builders			FAWLTY TOWER (with L hanging down)
 The Wedding Party		FARTY TOWER (with W hanging down)
 The Hotel Inspectors		FAW TY TO WER
 Gourmet Night			WARTY TOWELS
 The Germans			(sign not shown)
 Communications Problems	FAWLTY TOWER (with L hanging down)
 The Psychiatrist		WATERY FOWLS (with kid seen adjusting it)
 Waldorf Salad			FLAY OTTERS
 The Kipper and the Corpse	FATTY OWLS
 The Anniversary		FLOWERY TWATS
 Basil the Rat			FARTY TOWELS

Question 7. I saw something terribly similar to Fawlty Towers. Are there
imitations?

There were in fact at least two imitations of Fawlty Towers in the
U.S. The first one was called "Snavely" (with Harvey Korman in the
Basil role) but it never got further than a pilot.

Second attempt went a bit further. It was called "Amanda's" and had a
six-show run on ABC-TV (beginning Feb 10, 1983). John Cleese was a bit
baffled with the Amanda's: "I asked the American company how the
adaptation was looking, and they told me `It's looking good - we've
only made one change.' They wrote out Basil Fawlty, which I found
incomprehensible."

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SCRIPTS, VIDEOS, ETC.

Question 8. Where can I get the scripts for the Fawlty Towers shows via
internet?

The complete script for "A Touch of Class" is available at
http://welcome.to/fawltytowers.  Others are currently not available
but welcome.to claims to have them in the near future.  Better and
recommended way to get your hands on the scripts would be to try to
get the script books. See Q9 for information about the script books.

Question 9. Are there some kind of script books or something?

Yes. There are Fawlty Towers script books. Here is a brief listing of them:

Title:	Authors:	Publisher:	ISBN:		Contents:
FAWLTY	John Cleese and	Futura/Contact	0-8600-7598-2	Scripts for "The 
TOWERS	Connie Booth	Publications	(paperback)	Builders", "The 
			(1977 UK)			Hotel Inspectors" 
							and "Gourmet Night"
FAWLTY	John Cleese and Weidenfeld and	0-7088-1547-2	Scripts for "The
TOWERS	Connie Booth	Nicolson (1979	(paperback)	Wedding Party", 
TWO			UK)				"A Touch of Class"
							and "The Germans"
The	John Cleese and	Methuen London	0-413-18390-4	Scripts for ALL 
Complete   Connie Booth (1988 UK)	(hardcover)	twelve TV shows
FAWLTY 
TOWERS 
			Mandarin (1989	0-749-30159-7
			UK)		(paperback)
			Pantheon (1989	0-679-72127-4
			US)		(paperback)

You should ask for these titles from your local bookstore. If you
can't find them locally try the places recommended in the
alt.comedy.british FAQ's "Buyer's guide".

Question 10. Can I get the Fawlty Towers shows on video tape?

Yes, you can. All Fawlty Towers shows has been published on video
tape. The videos are named as follows:

Title:		 	Length:	Contents:
The Germans		90 min	"The Hotel Inspectors", "The Germans" 
				and "A Touch of Class"
The Psychiatrist	97 min	"The Builders", "The Wedding Party" and 
				"The Psychiatrist"
The Kipper and the	92 min  "Gourmet Night", "Waldorf Salad" and 
Corpse				"The Kipper and the Corpse"
Basil the Rat		93 min	"Communication Problems", "The Anniversary" 
				and "Basil the Rat"

If you can't figure out where you can get these tapes maybe you ought
to take a look at the alt.comedy.british FAQ especially part 4
"Buyer's guide". (If someone knows the publishing years for the
videos, please mail me.)

Also Graham Bisset noted that all the episodes were recently released
on four video tapes as remastered series. They should be available in
the UK for about 30 pounds I'm told.

Question 11. Is there any other material other besides books and videos?

Why, yes. Here is a complete (as far as I know, correct me if I'm
wrong) list of Fawlty Towers albums in existence:

 Title:			Publisher:	Contents:
 Fawlty Towers  	BBC Records 	Soundtracks from the shows
			(1979 REB 337)	"The Hotel Inspectors" and 
					"Communications Problems"
 Fawlty Towers:		BBC Records 
 Second Sitting		(1981 REB 405)	Soundtracks from the shows 
					"The Builders" and "Basil the Rat"
 Fawlty Towers: 	BBC Records 	Soundtracks from the shows 
 At Your Service	(1982 REB 449)	"The Germans" and "The Kipper 
					and the Corpse"
 Fawlty Towers: 	BBC Records 	Soundtracks from the shows 
 A La Carte		(198? REB 484)  "Waldorf Salad" and "Gourmet Night"

I left out the authors for obvious reason as they all are the same:
John Cleese and Connie Booth. All albums also include narration by
Andrew Sachs for the more visual scenes.

Eric Adelizzi kindly mailed me information about some US published
albums (as a part of "BBC Radio Presents" series) which seem to be
rereleases of the original BBC releases.

Title:	    Publisher:		  Contents:		    ISBN:
Volume One  Bantam-Doubleday-Dell "Communications Problems" 0-553-47314-X
	    Publishing		  (referred to on the 
				  package as "Mrs. Richards"),
				  "Basil the Rat", "The Builders" 
				  and "The Hotel Inspectors"

Volume Two  Bantam-Doubleday-Dell "The Kipper and the 	    0-553-43700-X
	    Publishing		  Corpse", "The Germans", 
				  "Waldorf Salad" and 
				  "Gourmet Night"

These are also narrated by Andrew Sachs.

To further mess things up these previous records were also released in
the U.K.  as Hans ten Cate was kind to inform me. And the info
follows: for Volume One (1988) BBC Enterprises Ltd. ZBBC 1006 (ISBN
0-563-225416) and Volume Two (1988, 1994) BBC Enterprises Ltd. ZBBC
1015 (ISBN 0-563-22542-4). Also there has been a relatively new
release which I've missed.

Title:	     Publisher:		   Contents:		    ISBN:
Volume Three Bantam-Doubleday-Dell "A Touch of Class",	    0-553-47382-4
	     Publishing		   "The Anniversary", 
				   "The Psychiatrist" and 
				   "The Wedding Party"

And the same is also available from BBC Enterprises Ltd. Volume Three (1994)
ZBBC 1634 (ISBN 0-563-39326-2).

Also Hans ten Cate said that AVC Corporation (in the U.S.) supposedly
released audio cassettes of all the episodes in 1988 (1988) AVC
Corporation/The Mind's Eye (U.S.) but this was still unconfirmed.

PolyGram records also released all four albums in Australia in
1983-1984. Info kindly provided by Paul B. Guy.

Question 12. Is there a newsgroup for Fawlty Towers?

No (at least I don't know of one). But if you are looking for other
Fawlty Towers fans you're most likely to find them in newsgroups such
as alt.comedy.british, rec.arts.tv.uk.comedy or even
alt.fan.monty-python. Creating a newsgroup was under discussion at one
point, but everyone came to the conclusion that there wouldn't be
enough traffic to justify a newsgroup. A mailing list would probably
be of more service but I have no knowledge of one existing. I'm
willing to host a mailing list in my own computer if people think it
neccessary.

Question 13. Where can I find Fawlty Towers information in the net?

Note: Not all of the following links are directly Fawlty Towers related.

   The Unofficial Guide To Fawlty Towers (Chris Tomlinson & John Gasson)
      http://www.btinternet.com/~c.tomlinson/fawlty.htm

   The FAWLTY TOWERS Multimedia Page (Stefan Ruehrup)
      http://www.geocities.com/TelevisionCity/8373/

   The TV show guides
      http://www.cm.cf.ac.uk/Fun/FawltyTowers.html
      http://www.tardis.ed.ac.uk/~dave/guides/FawltyTowers/

   Internet Movie Database (IMDb Ltd.)
      http://uk.imdb.com/ [UK site]
      http://us.imdb.com/ [US site]

   Monty Python Bibliography (includes some FT stuff) (Hans ten Cate)
      http://www.futron.com/hans/mp.bibliog.html

   Ed Wells - John Cleese Lookalike pages
      http://www.johncleese.co.uk/

   Newsgroups
      news:alt.comedy.british
      news:rec.arts.tv.uk.comedy

   alt.comedy.british FAQ
      posted monthly to news:alt.comedy.british
      also available on any usenet ftp archive (like rtfm.mit.edu)

   The Fawlty Towers FAQ
      posted monthly to alt.comedy.british and rec.arts.tv.uk.comedy
      http://www.iki.fi/tuominen/Fawlty-Towers.FAQ/newest.txt (text version)
      http://www.iki.fi/tuominen/Fawlty-Towers.FAQ/newest.html (html version)

Question 14. I know something that you don't about FT. What do I do?

If you have any further knowledge or corrections to information stated
above I very strongly advice you to e-mail me on the matter and get
things right. If you have a question about Fawlty Towers that should
be on this FAQ don't hesitate to e-mail me. I try to get the answers
if I possibly can. Any contributors will be listed below.


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FILMOGRAPHIES

Have you ever wondered what the Fawlty Towers cast did before or after
Fawlty Towers? Well, here's a brief filmography for each FT
regular. Data from the Internet Movie Database. (Any additions should
be submitted to IMDB not me. See Q13 how to contact.) You can also
find more information on each film from the Internet Movie Database.

Thanks for all who have given bits and pieces missing here and
there. I finally had the time to update the filmographies. I apologise
for all who send me information but didn't see them added (until
now). If someone feels that his/her name is missing from the credits
please let me know. A few pieces are missing again. You can see them
marked as "??" or then it's just missing.

In addition to movies and TV appearances at least John Cleese and
Andrew Sachs have appeared in various TV commercials. If you have
detailed info about any of these, please let me know. I'm doing a
little listing of them, too.

Note: titles in quotes (") are TV series.

Filmography 1. John Cleese (44 films, 6 TV series)

    * Magic Pudding, The (2000) [voice: Albert the Magic Pudding]
    * Out-of-Towners, The (1999) [Mr. Mersault] (actor)
    * "Laughter in the House: The Story of British Sitcom" (1999) (mini) 
      [Himself] (actor)
    * Isn't She Great (1999) [Henry Marcus] (actor)
    * World is Not Enough, The (1999) [R] (actor)
    * "Funny Women" (1998) (mini) [Himself] (actor)
    * Parting Shots (1998) [Maurice Walpole] (actor)
    * George of the Jungle (1997) [voice: An ape named 'Ape']
    * Fierce Creatures (1997) [Rollo Lee] (actor, director, producer)
    * Wind in the Willows, The (1996) [Mr. Toad's Lawyer]
    * "Look at the State We're In!" (1995) [Himself]
    * Jungle Book, The (1994) aka Rudyard Kipling's The Jungle Book (1994) 
      [Dr. Plumford] (actor)
    * Mary Shelley's Frankenstein (1994) [Mentor, Dr. Waldeman] (actor)
    * Swan Princess, The (1994) [Jean-Bob]. Note: (voice) (actor)
    * Splitting Heirs (1993) [Raoul P. Shadgrind] (actor)
    * American Tail: Fievel Goes West, An (1991) [Voice of Cat R. Waul] 
      Note: (voice) (actor)
    * Bullseye! (1991) [Man on the Beach in Barbados Who...] (actor)
    * Erik the Viking (1989) [Halfdan the Black] (actor)
    * Big Picture, The (1989) [Bartender] (actor)
    * Fish Called Wanda, A (1988) [Archie](actor, writer, director)
    * Clockwise (1986) [Brian Stimpson] (actor)
    * Silverado (1985) [Sheriff Langston] (actor)
    * Secret Policeman's Private Parts, The (1984) (actor)
    * Yellowbeard (1983) [Harvey "Blind" Pew] (actor)
    * Monty Python's the Meaning of Life (1983) [Second Fish, Grim] (actor,
      composer, writer)
    * "Whoops Apocalypse" (1982) [Giles Flack] (actor)
    * Monty Python Live at the Hollywood Bowl (1982) [various roles] (actor)
    * Privates on Parade (1982) [Giles Flack] (actor)
    * Secret Policeman's Other Ball, The (1982) (actor)
    * Great Muppet Caper, The (1981) [Neville] (actor)
    * Secret Policeman's Ball, The (1981) (actor)
    * Taming of the Shrew, The (1980) (TV) [Petruchio] (actor)
    * Time Bandits (1980) [Robin Hood] (actor)
    * Away from It All (1979) (as Nigel Farquhar-Bennett) (Narrator)
    * Life of Brian (1979) [Reg, + minor roles] (actor, writer)
    * Monty Python Meets Beyond the Fringe (1977)
    * "Norway, Land of Giants" (197?, supposedly mid 70's)
    * Strange Case of the End of Civilisation as We Know It, The (1977) 
      [Arthur Sherlock Holmes] (actor, writer)
    * "Fawlty Towers" (1975, 1979) [Basil Fawlty] (actor, writer)
    * Monty Python and the Holy Grail (1974) [Sir Launcelot, + minor roles]
      (actor, writer)
    * Romance with a Double Bass (1974)[Musician Smychkov] (actor, writer)
    * Goodies and the Beanstalk, The (1973) (TV) [The genie]
    * Love Ban, The (1973) aka It's a 2'6'' Above the Ground World (actor)
    * Rentadick (1972) (writer)
    * And Now for Something Completely Different (1971) [various roles] 
      (actor, writer)
    * Statue, The (1971) [Harry] (actor)
    * Rise and Rise of Michael Rimmer, The (1970) (writer)
    * "Monty Python's Flying Circus" (1969) aka "Monty Python" (1969-1974) 
      [Mr. Hilter and many others] (actor)
    * Magic Christian, The (1969) [Director in Sotheby's] (actor, writer)
    * Bliss of Mrs. Blossom, The (1968) (actor)
    * How to Irritate People (1968) (TV) (writer)
    * Interlude (1968) (actor)
    * "At Last the 1948 Show" (1967) (actor)
    * "Frost Report, The" (1966-1967) (actor)

Timothy Koeller told that John Cleese has made a series of business
training films (I also recall seeing some of these). Tim guessed they
where made in the early 1980's. Cleese demonstrates improper and
proper ways to do things. The films where about 10 to 15 minutes
each.

Paul B. Guy shed more light on the matter. In addition to John Cleese
these training videos featured Bill Oddie and Tim Brooke-Taylor.
Narration was usually by Andrew Sachs. The first batch was probably
made in late 70's (77 or 78) and further batches were made over the
next few years. There were six sets in all. The company behind the
videos was Video Arts.

According to Steve Andrews, Cleese appeared on at least one party political
broadcast for either the SDP or the SDP/Liberal Alliance in the UK sometime
in the mid to late 1980's.

Cameo appearances

I've separated a new sub-section for cameo appearances. Some entries
in the film section might be cameo appearances and will be moved here
when someone notes on them. Same goes for the rest of the crew.

    * "Kiss me Kate" (sitcom starring Carolyn Quentin) John Cleese as
      himself

Commercials

    * John Cleese is appearing in a commercial on the Swedish
      television for Telia Mobitel (mobile telecommunications). The ad
      includes a Fierce Creatures -plug.

    * John Cleese is currently doing a series of ads on British TV for
      an insurance company called Norwich Union. In the second in the
      row he apologizes for being too flippant in the first and
      continues accompanied by mournful music. In the third he
      apologizes for drawing attention away from the name of the
      company and stands behind a billboard while delivering his
      speech. After a shout from the director ("Feet!") he also pulls
      up his feet and disappears from sight.

    * John Cleese made a series of commercials for the Dutch bank
      Postbank (as it is called now, part of ING group). In these
      commercials he invariably sets out to prove how well known
      "Giroblauw" (Giro-blue; house colour of this bank) is among the
      public. Equally invariably everybody has never heard of it.

    * During nth rerun of Fawlty Towers on Comedy Central John Cleese
      appeared on short commercial-lets saying things like: "I'm John
      Cleese, and you're watching Comedy Central, as you already
      knew."

    * J.C. has also done some anti-smoking commercials.

    * John Cleese appeared in a series of commercials for the UK's
      largest supermarket chain Sainsbury's, maybe three times,
      between 1998/1999. It was a campaign designed to spell out how
      cheap the prices were. This campaign was unsuccessful (resulting
      in a fall in profits for Sainsbury's) and he was dropped for
      their next campaign.


Filmography 2. Prunella Scales (22 films, 6 TV series)

    * "Funny Women" (1998) (mini) [Herself]
    * Stiff Upper Lips (1997) [Aunt Agnes]
    * "Emma" (1997) (mini) TV Series [Miss Bates]
    * Breaking the Code (1996) (TV) [Sara Turing]
    * Dalziel and Pascoe: An Advancement of Learning (1996) (TV) [Edith 
      Disney]
    * Awfully Big Adventure, An (1995) [Rose]
    * "Signs and Wonders" (1995) (mini) [Elizabeth Palmore]
    * Wolf (1994) [Maude]
    * Second Best (1994) [Margery]
    * Rector's Wife, The (1993) (TV) [Marjorie Richardson]
    * Question of Attribution, A (1992) [H.M.Q.]
    * Howards End (1992) [Aunt Juley]
    * Freddie as F.R.O.7 (1992) [Queen/Various Voices]. Note: (voice)
    * Chorus of Disapproval, A (1988) [Hanna ap Llewellan]
    * Consuming Passions (1988) [Ethel]
    * "After Henry" (1987) [Sarah France]
    * Lonely Passion of Judith Hearne, The (1987) [Moira O'Neill]
    * "Mapp and Lucia" (1985) (mini) [Miss Elizabeth Mapp]
    * Absurd Person Singular (1985) (TV) [Marion Brewster-Wright]
    * Wicked Lady, The (1983) [Lady Kingsclere]
    * Merry Wives of Windsor, The (1982) (TV) [Mistress Page]
    * Boys from Brazil, The (1978) [Mrs. Harrington]
    * Hound of the Baskervilles, The (1977) [Glynis]
    * Littlest Horse Thieves, The (1977) aka Escape from the Dark [Mrs. 
      Simon]
    * "Fawlty Towers" (1975, 1979) [Sybil Fawlty]
    * "Marriage Lines" (1963)
    * Waltz of the Toreadors (1962) [Estella]
    * Hobson's Choice (1954) [Vicky Hobson]
    * Laxdale Hall (1952) aka Scotch on the Rocks (1952) [Morag McLeod]

Commercials

    * Prunella Scales is currently appearing in a series of comic
      commercials on ITV f or the Tesco supermarket chain.  She plays a
      domineering knowall mother who goes shopping with her grownup
      daughter.

Filmography 3. Andrew Sachs (14 films, 6 TV series)

    * "Jack of Hearts" (1999/II) [Peter Pryce]
    * "Laughter in the House: The Story of British Sitcom" (1999) (mini) 
      [Himself]
    * Norman Ormal: A Very Political Turtle (1998) (TV) (voice)
    * "Funny Women" (1998) (mini) [Himself]
    * "Hotel" (1997) (mini) TV Series (narrator)
    * Einstein Revealed (1996) (TV) (Albert Einstein)
    * Taxandria (1996)
    * Faust (1994) aka Lekce Faust aka Lesson Faust [Voices (English 
      version)]
    * "Every Silver Lining" (1993)
    * Mystery of Edwin Drood, The (1993) [Durdles]
    * Consuming Passions (1988) [Jason]
    * "There Comes a Time" (1985)
    * "Dead Ernest" (1982) [Ernest]
    * History of the World: Part I (1981) 1981 [Gerard]
    * Tempest, The (1979) (TV) [Trinculo]
    * Revenge of the Pink Panther (1978) 1978 [Hospital Inmate]
    * "Send In the Girls" (1978)
    * Are You Being Served? (1977) [??]
    * What's Up Nurse! (1977) [Waiter]
    * "Fawlty Towers" (1975, 1979) [Manuel]
    * Frightmare (1974) [Barry Nichols]
    * Romance with a Double Bass (1974) [Musician Zhuchkov]
    * Night We Dropped a Clanger, The (1959) [A.C.2 Briggs]
    * It's Your Move (19??)

Filmography 4. Connie Booth (18 films, 3 TV series)

    * "Buccaneers, The" (1995) (mini) [Miss March] (actress)
    * Leon the Pig Farmer (1992) [Yvonne Chadwick] (actress)
    * American Friends (1991) [Caroline Hartley] (actress)
    * Hawks (1989) [Nurse Jarvis] (actress)
    * High Spirits (1988) [Marge] (actress)
    * Return of Sherlock Holmes, The (1987) (TV) [Violet] (actress)
    * 84 Charing Cross Road (1986) [The Lady from Delaware] (actress)
    * Rocket to the Moon (1986) (TV) [Belle Stark] (actress)
    * Past Caring (1985) (TV) (actress)
    * Nairobi Affair (1984) (TV) [Mrs. Gardner] (actress)
    * Hound of the Baskervilles, The (1983) (TV) (actress)
    * Story of Ruth, The (1981) [Ruth] (actress)
    * Little Lord Fauntleroy (1980) (TV) [Mrs. Errol] (actress)
    * Why Didn't They Ask Evans? (1980) (TV) (actress)
    * Strange Case of the End of Civilisation as We Know It, The (1977) [Mrs.
      Hudson, Francine Moriarty] (actress)
    * "Fawlty Towers" (1975, 1979) [Polly] (actress, writer)
    * Monty Python and the Holy Grail (1974) [The Witch] (actress)
    * Romance with a Double Bass (1974) [Princess Costanza] (actress, writer)
    * And Now for Something Completely Different (1971) [various roles]
      (actress)
    * "Monty Python's Flying Circus" (1969-1974) aka "Monty Python" [various
      roles] (actress)
    * How to Irritate People (1968) (TV) [various roles] (actress)

Filmography 5. Ballard Berkeley (22 films, 4 TV series)

    * BFG, The (1989) (voice of Head Of The Army) { Hmm? Strange, BB died in
      1988. }
    * "Fresh Fields" (19??) [Guy Mainwaring]
    * National Lampoon's European Vacation (1985) [Second English Motorist]
    * Little Lord Fauntleroy (1980) (TV) [Sir Harry]
    * "To The Manor Born" (one episode) (1979) [Audrey's rich uncle]
    * Confessions from the David Galaxy Affair (1979) [Judge]
    * Queen of the Blues (1979) (as Ballard Barclay) [Uncle Fred]
    * Playbirds, The (1978) [Trainer]
    * Confessions of a Driving Instructor (1976) [Lord Snodley]
    * "Fawlty Towers" (1975, 1979) [Major Gowen]
    * "Are You Being Served? (episode: "Memories Are Made of This")" (1972)
      [customer buying fishing lures]
    * Murder Game, The (1965) [Sir Colin Chalmers]
    * Night Caller from Outer Space (1965) aka Blood Beast From Outer Space
      [Commander Savage]
    * Matter of Choice, A (1963) [Charles Grant]
    * Night of the Demon (1957) aka Curse of the Demon [1st Reporter]
    * Passport to Treason (1955) [Insp. Thredgold]
    * Dangerous Cargo (1954) [Findley]
    * White Fire (1954) [Insp. Haley]
    * After the Ball (1953) [Andrews]
    * Operation Diplomat (1953) [Inspector Austin]
    * Stage Fright (1950) [Sergeant Mellish]
    * Third Time Lucky (1948) [Bertram]
    * They Made Me a Fugitive (1947) [Rockcliffe]
    * In Which We Serve (1942) [Engineer Commander]
    * Saint in London, The (1939) [Richard Blake]
    * Last Adventurers, The (1937) aka Down to the Sea in Ships [Fred Devlin]

Filmography 6. Gilly Flower (1 TV series)

    * "Fawlty Towers" (1975, 1979) [Miss Tibbs]

Filmography 7. Renee Roberts (1 TV series)

    * "Fawlty Towers" (1975, 1979) [Miss Gatsby]

Filmography 8. Brian Hall (5 films, 4 TV series)

    * "Billy Webb" (1991?) [Billy Webb's father] (actor)
    * China O'Brien (1990) Note: (stunts) (other crew)
    * "Alonzo Bonzo" (1998-89?) [Billy Webb's father] (actor)
    * "You Must Be the Husband" (1987) [Pat] (actor)
    * Long Good Friday, The (1980) [Alan] (actor)
    * McVicar (1980) [Terry Stokes] (actor)
    * "Fawlty Towers" (1975, 1979) [Terry (second series)] (actor)
    * Land That Time Forgot, The (1975) [Schwartz]
    * Confessions of a Window Cleaner (1974) [2nd Removal Man]

RELEASE HISTORY
   Version 1.0 (19th September 1995):
      Initial Release
   Version 1.1 (19th October 1995):
      Few minor errors corrected
      Filmographies added
      New links added
      Some US albums added
   Version 1.2 (19th November 1995):
      Added a topic about the Fawlty Towers structure
      2 new film credits (still unchecked)
   Version 1.3 (19th December 1995):
      Nothing much. A few minor additions
   Version 1.4 (19th January 1996):
      A few additions and corrections to film credits
      New links added
   Version 1.5 (19th February 1996):
      Filmographies thoroughly updated
   Version 1.6 (19th April 1996):
      What's new? -section
      Net resources updated
   Version 1.7 (19th July 1996):
      New information about some Fawlty Towers records
      Info on the Fawlty Towers theme
      Fawlty Towers imitations
      Andrew Sachs appearing as Manuel on the Secret Policeman's Third Ball
      record
      Additions to Filmographies
   Version 1.8 (19th September 1996):
      Updated links
      Inserted a sub-section to John Cleese's filmography about commercials
      Origins of Fawlty Towers inserted to Q1
   Version 1.9 (19th March 1997):
      New information about Fawlty Towers imitations
      Fawlty Towers theme available as .MID
      Did an emacs spell check and corrected few typos
   Version 1.10 (19th May 1997):
      New Fawlty Towers WWW-pages, old ones removed
      Additions to commercials and filmographies section
   Version 1.11 (19th December 1997):
      Added new links and old ones updated
      Updated all filmographies from Internet Movie Database
      Corrected an error in John Cleese's filmography's commercials
      section about Norwich Union.
   Version 1.12 (19th July 1998):
      Some clarifications in the imitations section especially on Newhart.
      Where to get the scripts on the net.
      Additions to John Cleese's and Prunella Scales' filmographies.
      Info on new video release.
      Info on Australian record release.
   Version 1.13 (19th September 1999)
      Filmography update from IMDB.
      Added a commercial to John Cleese's filmography.
      Added link to Ed Wells - John Cleese Lookalike pages.


CONTRIBUTORS
    * Eric Adelizzi (adelizzi@minerva.cis.yale.edu): Info on US albums
    * Internet Movie Database Team: Filmographies
    * Simon Moore (simon@wjh.harvard.edu) and Ralph Johnson
      (ralph_johnson@qc.edu): Providing most of the facts about the structure
    * Mark Boyes (boyes@forty2.enet.dec.com): Addition to Sachs' filmography
    * Deryk Barker (dbarker@turing.cs.camosun.bc.ca): Extensive information 
      on "Mapp and Lucia". Also Dave Rogers (dave.rogers@bt-sys.bt.co.uk) 
      gave some info on the same subject. Mary Campbell was first to e-mail 
      me about this show
    * Eleanor Lebourdais (elebourd@direct.ca): Adding "After Henry"
    * Coleen O'Hanley (MrsMonsoon@aol.com): Addition to Berkeley's filmography
    * Robert H. Strickland (strickla@airmail.net): Addition to Berkeley's
      and Cleese's filmographies
    * Han ten Cate (htencate@erols.com): Many additions to record info section
      etc.
    * Gordon Woods (sjoh0050@sable.ox.ac.uk): Addition to Prunella's 
      filmography
    * Super Furry Animal (rbrown@cs.strath.ac.uk): Addition to Hall's
      filmography
    * Gareth Beale (gfb@sdc.cs.boeing.com): origins of Fawlty Towers
    * Stephen Smith (stevo@jonlan.demon.co.uk): John Cleese commercial
    * Herman ten Klooster (hermantk@pop.pi.net): John Cleese commecials
    * Dean Johnson (johnsond@revenant.std.teradyne.com): Third FT imitation 
      info
    * Robert Wagner (typhoon@moha.szikszi.hu): Mailed the fawlty.mid
    * Bernie Morey (moreyb@zenithmedia.com.au): Addition to Berkeleys
      filmography
    * Timothy Koeller (tkoeller@worldnet.att.net): Cleese's business training
      films
    * Joshua Sloan (proth@juno.com): Cleese commercials(?)
    * Paul B. Guy (pbguy@bigpond.com): Cleese's training videos and Australian
      record release
    * Graham Bisset (graham@nmisystems.demon.co.uk): Info on remastered 
      video release
    * Dan Harkless (dan@cafws3.eng.uci.edu): Corrections to imitations section
      and new source for scripts on the net
    * Steve Andrews (rarerecs@globalnet.co.uk): Additions to Cleese's
      filmography
    * David Chettleburgh (dac@soton.ac.uk): Additions to Cleese's and Scales' 
      filmography
    * Graham Sellors (firestarter@pulpfiction99.freeserve.co.uk): Addition 
      to Cleese's filmography.
    * Ed Wells (FAWLTY2000@aol.com): Link to Ed Wells - John Cleese Lookalike 
      page.
    * Michael Bolton (mb@michaelbolton.net): Suggested to drop the Newhart
      reference in the imitations (Q7).

    * Special thanks to Melinda "Bob" Casino (melinda@badger.idiscover.co.uk)
      for all the help and ideas she has given

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