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Fawlty Towers

3.64  ·  Rating details ·  69 Ratings  ·  3 Reviews
Fawlty Towers was only on television screens for 12 half-hour episodes, but it has stayed in viewer's lives ever since. The Major; "Don't mention the war!;" "He's from Barcelona;" Basil the Rat—everyone has a favorite line, moment, or character. In the first biography of the show, Graham McCann holds up to the light each of the unpredictable elements—the demented brillianc ...more
Hardcover, 352 pages
Published October 18th 2007 by Hodder & Stoughton (first published 2007)
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Benedict Reid
A very slack book, put together with very little new information and using old newspaper clipping and the Voice over on the DVDs as the main source of information.

A pity really, because "Spike and Co." by the same author is very good... this one however was very paint-by-numbers. If it wasn't for interest in the topic, I probably wouldn't have got to the end... and I'm someone who finishes ever book I start.
Ian Wood
Feb 12, 2008 rated it it was ok
Recommends it for: obsesives only
Shelves: monty-python
A Biography of a TV series is quite an unusual idea, a bit like the history of the India Tea Company except somewhat shorter lived. Some years ago I read a biography of John Cleese’s other great collaboration, Monty Python, not surprisingly called ‘Life of Python’ which succeeded as a biography due to the length of Python as well as the collaborations which it was born out of. ‘Fawlty Towers’ could have worked as a biography by concentration on the marriage of its writing team, John Cleese and C ...more
Richard Barnes
Jan 12, 2014 rated it it was ok
A paint by numbers book - very little depth here. As someone reading a book called "Fawlty Towers", do I need a detailed run-down of each episode? Especially since so much of that rundown is padded out by excerpts from the scripts (which on, at least one occasion, get repeated elsewhere in the book).

There's no great insight into how Cleese and Booth developed the scripts, just a bald description of dates really. The biographies of the main players are largely lists of what they've been in rather
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