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Great British Sitcom: Fawlty Takes Crown

Written by on April 9, 2019

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Great British Sitcom: Fawlty Takes Crown

Fawlty Towers has been named the greatest British sitcom of all time.

The comedy, starring John Cleese and set in a seaside hotel in Torquay, pipped Father Ted and I’m Alan Partridge to be crowned the winner in a Radio Times showdown.

Fawlty Towers, set in a seaside hotel in Torquay, starred John Cleese as Basil, Prunella Scales who played wife Sybil, and Andrew Sachs who created hapless Spanish waiter, Manuel.

The show ran from 1975 to 1979

Rowan Atkinson’s Blackadder came in fourth place, while Dad’s Army – which ran for 80 episodes – completes the top five.

Cleese, 79, who created the comic monster that was Basil Fawlty in the hit show, said: ‘I was very lucky to be working at the BBC when decisions were taken by people who had actually made programmes.’

Of his fellow stars, Prunella Scales who played wife Sybil and Andrew Sachs who created hapless Spanish waiter, Manuel, Cleese said: ‘What a cast! I’m proud we are up there with Porridge and Only Fools and Ab Fab and Blackadder and The Office and Reggie Perrin and The Thick of It.’

Fawlty Towers co-writer Connie Booth said the show was a success because ‘it allows infantile rage and aggression a field day in a buttoned down, well-mannered English society’.

RADIO TIMES : BEST BRITISH SITCOM

1. Fawlty Towers

2. Father Ted

3. I’m Alan Partridge

4. Blackadder 5. Dad’s Army


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