Preview – Fawlty Towers

Fawlty Towers

As a tribute to the late, great Andrew Sachs, BBC One is showing the classic Fawlty Towers episode ‘Communication Problems’.

This is 30-minutes of comedy gold in which Sachs, as the hapless Spanish waiter Manuel, tries his best to stay on the right side of Basil (John Cleese) after secretly placing a bet on a horse for him expressly against the wishes of Fawlty’s sharp-tongued wife Cybil (Prunella Scales).

A misunderstanding with the short-sighted, half-deaf, ageing battleaxe Mrs Richards over some misplaced money leads to the usual descent into farce. And even though Basil’s horse comes in, you know he is not going to come out of this a winner! 30-odd years old and absolutely brilliant, still.

Fawlty Towers Friday 7.30pm, BBC One.