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May 27, 2015

Thirty years of Fawlty Towers

by Brad Trechak, posted May 7th 2009 11:03AM
The cast of Fawlty TowersJohn Cleese, Connie Booth, Prunella Scales and Andrew Sachs reunited for the filming of a Fawlty Towers reunion. At first I'd hoped it was new material, but sadly it was more of a retrospective than an actual new episode. Mind you, it would be pretty unique to wait thirty years to film the third season of a show.

There have been attempts to make an American version of Fawlty Towers, starring such names as the recently departed Bea Arthur and John Larroquette. Somehow, they never managed to equal the brilliant writing of the original.

And that's what it boils down to (as Cleese says himself in the article): the writing. While few television writers today can match Cleese's talent, nowadays there is a sense in the industry of being rushed to finish a product, whereas Cleese and Booth would rewrite their scripts until they felt they got it correct.

I look forward to seeing this documentary, whenever it is aired in the States.

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