Fawlty Towers (1975–1979)
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The Wedding Party 

Basil Fawlty's puritanical streak comes out when a young couple he suspects of not being married tries to book a double room. He's ready to give them rooms on separate floors until Sybil ... See full summary »

Director:

John Howard Davies (uncredited)

Writers:

John Cleese (by), Connie Booth (by)
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Cast

Episode complete credited cast:
John Cleese ... Basil Fawlty
Prunella Scales ... Sybil Fawlty
Andrew Sachs ... Manuel
Connie Booth ... Polly Sherman
Ballard Berkeley ... Major Gowen
Yvonne Gilan Yvonne Gilan ... Mrs. Peignoir
Conrad Phillips ... Mr. Lloyd
Diana King Diana King ... Mrs. Rachel Lloyd
Trevor Adams Trevor Adams ... Alan
April Walker April Walker ... Jean
Gilly Flower Gilly Flower ... Miss Agatha Tibbs
Renee Roberts Renee Roberts ... Miss Ursula Gatsby
Jay Neill Jay Neill ... Bar Guest
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Storyline

Basil Fawlty's puritanical streak comes out when a young couple he suspects of not being married tries to book a double room. He's ready to give them rooms on separate floors until Sybil steps in. It turns out that the couple know Polly but when he sees her coming out of their room - she was trying on a dress her friend had brought her for the wedding they would be attending - Basil begins to think everyone has gone mad. All that's left is for another guest, Mrs. Peignoir, to get tipsy and make a pass at him. For Manuel, it's his birthday and a night of celebrating takes its toll. Written by garykmcd

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Comedy

Certificate:

TV-PG | See all certifications »

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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

3 October 1975 (UK) See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Trivia

The sign reads "Fawlty Towers" with the second "w" tilted. See more »

Goofs

The doorbell goes at night and Basil complains that someone has forgotten their pass key. When he goes downstairs to open the door, he slides back two bolts before opening the door. Anyone who had their pass key wouldn't have been able to get in either. See more »

Quotes

Basil Fawlty: Please don't alarm yourself. That's only my wife laughing. I'm afraid her local finishing school was bombed.
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Crazy Credits

The 2nd "W" of the Fawlty Towers sign is displaced. See more »

Connections

References How to Murder Your Wife (1965) See more »

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Another flawless episode.
8 December 2017 | by BA_HarrisonSee all my reviews

Fawlty Towers does bedroom farce, with hotel owner Basil Fawlty (John Cleese) mistakenly believing that his current guests, a young unmarried couple and an older couple, are swingers indulging in morally dubious sexual conduct, even involving pretty maid Polly (Connie Booth).

Desperate to maintain a respectable establishment, Basil goes into manic overdrive, ultimately ordering his guests to leave and sacking Polly. When Sybil eventually explains to Basil that the young woman is actually the older couple's daughter and that Polly is an old school friend, the result is another perfectly executed emotional breakdown from Cleese.

Lots of great situation comedy makes this episode a winner, including Basil being repeatedly caught by his guests in compromising positions with waiter Manuel, and Basil trying to avoid amorous antiques dealer Mrs. Peignoir (Yvonne Gilan). The sight of Polly in a tight T-shirt and stripped to her underwear doesn't hurt either.


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