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Fawlty Towers rewatch - episodes 1.5 and 1.6
trevor travis
The episodes: (1.5) Gourmet Night and (1.6) The Germans
The date: Wednesday, November 23rd, 2022
The time: 7.45pm and 8.20pm UK time respectively

Dailymotion links (in case you haven't got these otherwise)
Gourmet Night: https://www.dailymotion.com/video/x7l...eo/x7lt39u
The Germans: https://www.dailymotion.com/playlist/...ist/x6hm5r
Vote Og.
 
Cygnus Bazza
Back-to-back brilliance. Simple as that.

If prehistory's your thing, the John Cleese-penned episode of Doctor At Large called 'No Ill Feeling' is on YouTube - that's where he gave the basic idea of Fawlty Towers its first run-out (1971, I think): brusque hotel owner (the ubiquitous Timothy Bateson - a familiar face) with a domineering wife; plus the two old ladies are prototyped. And because all roads lead to B7, Roy Kinnear's in it. It's not terribly funny but rather intriguing.
 
OneSparePart
Looking forward to one of my all time favourite scenes in any sitcom.
I can speak Eenglish. I lairn eet from-a-boook
There's an angel standing in the sun Free to get back home
 
M1795537OCVirn
Phew, TT, you were cutting it fine with posting the thread! Thanks for the links, and thanks for setting it all up for us. Let the mayhem commence.

Hi, OSP, and CB.
"You're not sulking, I hope?"
 
Cygnus Bazza
Hello. Who's for duck?
 
Cygnus Bazza
Psychosomatic I know, but I'm actually feeling a bit peckish.
 
OneSparePart
Hello M'Virn. Hello CB.Hello TT.
Tonight on The Waltons....
There's an angel standing in the sun Free to get back home
 
M1795537OCVirn
The humour in this sort of stuff doesn't really date, even if the fashions and technology change. It's just desperately accurate observation of human nature.
"You're not sulking, I hope?"
 
OneSparePart

Cygnus Bazza wrote:

Psychosomatic I know, but I'm actually feeling a bit peckish.

Not me. Just finished my lobby.
There's an angel standing in the sun Free to get back home
 
M1795537OCVirn
Sorry you're hungry CB, I'd offer some Prawn cocktail Pringles, but I don't think you'd accept.
"You're not sulking, I hope?"
 
OneSparePart
Shades of Clockwise in this opener.
There's an angel standing in the sun Free to get back home
 
Cygnus Bazza

M1795537OCVirn wrote:

Sorry you're hungry CB, I'd offer some Prawn cocktail Pringles, but I don't think you'd accept.

I have standards. Have we started?
 
trevor travis
STARTED!
Vote Og.
 
Cygnus Bazza
It's the hope that kills you.
 
OneSparePart

M1795537OCVirn wrote:

Sorry you're hungry CB, I'd offer some Prawn cocktail Pringles, but I don't think you'd accept.

Even Kettle are doing a prawn cocktail option...
There's an angel standing in the sun Free to get back home
 
trevor travis
OK, both these episodes are a 10. I'll confirm that now rather than later!
Vote Og.
 
Cygnus Bazza
Manuel's facial expression as he cops that slap is priceless.
 
Cygnus Bazza

trevor travis wrote:

OK, both these episodes are a 10. I'll confirm that now rather than later!

No arguments from me.
 
Cygnus Bazza
Is Kurt a Greek name?
 
Cygnus Bazza
Andre - I'm getting big Andre Previn vibes.
 
OneSparePart

Cygnus Bazza wrote:

trevor travis wrote:

OK, both these episodes are a 10. I'll confirm that now rather than later!

No arguments from me.

You may get an argument from me...
There's an angel standing in the sun Free to get back home
 
Cygnus Bazza
This lad is absolutely first-class as the spoilt brat.
 
trevor travis
Basil vs spoilt brat!
Vote Og.
 
Cygnus Bazza

OneSparePart wrote:

Cygnus Bazza wrote:

trevor travis wrote:

OK, both these episodes are a 10. I'll confirm that now rather than later!

No arguments from me.

You may get an argument from me...

I'm surprised you can hear any of the dialogue, to be honest...
 
M1795537OCVirn
You don't get many 'Ronalds' these days, do you?
"You're not sulking, I hope?"
 
Cygnus Bazza
Why has Basil got a Henry Kissinger fixation?
 
OneSparePart

Cygnus Bazza wrote:

OneSparePart wrote:

Cygnus Bazza wrote:

trevor travis wrote:

OK, both these episodes are a 10. I'll confirm that now rather than later!

No arguments from me.

You may get an argument from me...

I'm surprised you can hear any of the dialogue, to be honest...

I am sitting very close to the telly.
There's an angel standing in the sun Free to get back home
 
Cygnus Bazza
I've always loved the term 'riff-raff'. Name of an AC/DC track, as it happens.
 
Cygnus Bazza

OneSparePart wrote:

Cygnus Bazza wrote:

OneSparePart wrote:

Cygnus Bazza wrote:

trevor travis wrote:

OK, both these episodes are a 10. I'll confirm that now rather than later!

No arguments from me.

You may get an argument from me...

I'm surprised you can hear any of the dialogue, to be honest...

I am sitting very close to the telly.

In the front row again, then...
 
OneSparePart

Cygnus Bazza wrote:

Why has Basil got a Henry Kissinger fixation?

Henry Kissinger, How I'm missing ya and wishing you were here!
There's an angel standing in the sun Free to get back home
 
Cygnus Bazza
You can always trust Basil not to gather critical information when he has the opportunity.
 
M1795537OCVirn

Cygnus Bazza wrote:

You can always trust Basil not to gather critical information when he has the opportunity.


An object lesson in self-absorption.
"You're not sulking, I hope?"
 
OneSparePart
Sybil's got a big hairdo tonight
There's an angel standing in the sun Free to get back home
 
Cygnus Bazza

OneSparePart wrote:

Cygnus Bazza wrote:

Why has Basil got a Henry Kissinger fixation?

Henry Kissinger, How I'm missing ya and wishing you were here!

Now that IS an obscure reference! Excellent!
 
trevor travis
"Oh sorry, didn't see you down there" Grin
Vote Og.
 
Cygnus Bazza
Basil would never survive in the age of TripAdvisor.
 
Cygnus Bazza
Basil flying through those swing doors is a beautiful moment of physical comedy.
 
Cygnus Bazza
Is this the episode where Manuel is physically assaulted the most?
 
trevor travis
It's all getting out of control as usual!
Vote Og.
 
Cygnus Bazza
You'd think Sybil would take a moment to wipe the food out of Basil's hair... And that's a hell of a head thud.
 
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