It’s Classic Clip Friday: Fawlty Towers – The Germans


Take one snobbish, xenophobic, neurotic hotel owner. Drop a stuffed moose on his head. Then add a few German tourists.

Welcome to Fawlty Towers, where there is never an armistice.

This is probably the single best scene – certainly the best-known – in all of Fawlty Towers (though there are plenty to choose from). That said, overall, I don’t think The Germans is the best episode.

My personal favourites are:

Communication Problems: In which Basil is confronted by the selectively deaf Mrs Richards, a guest just as unreasonable as he is.

The Hotel Inspectors: In which Basil mistakes a salesman (played by Bernard Cribbens) for a hotel inspector.

The Waldorf Salad: In which an American guest refuses to take any crap after Basil messes up his dinner order.

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