Basil panics, yet again, when the food and health inspector pays his semi-annual visit. He has a a long list of complaints about the level of cleanliness in the kitchen and gives them 24 hours to clean up or he will shut them down. Sybil sets about tidying up the place but when Basil visits Manuel's room, he finds that he has been keeping a pet rat thinking it was a hamster. When the inspector returns the next day, pandemonium reigns as the rat has now escaped and the Major is trying to hunt it down with his shotgun.
Did You Know?
Two of the prop rats used as Basil were taken to an Elstree-sited edition of Antiques Roadshow
(1979) in 2017 for evaluation by the wife of the propmaker. See more
From where Mr. Carnegie is sitting he should have an unobstructed view of the rat scurrying under the table on the other side of the room. See more
[about Manuel's rat
Perhaps it would be simplest to have him put to S-L-E-E-P.
Who? Him or the rat? Might get a discount if we have them both done.
The Fawlty Towers sign has been re-arranged to spell Farty Towels (a "W" is missing). See more
Composed by Charles Aznavour
Performed by Andrew Sachs See more