John Cleese to star in NEW series of Fawlty Towers alongside his daughter



Fawlty Towers is set to return to our TV screens with a brand new series starring some of the original cast.

The much-loved BBC sitcom is to be revived with John Cleese returning to write and star alongside his daughter Camilla Cleese.

The original show, written by Cleese and Connie Booth, ran on BBC2 for two series in 1975 and 1979 and remains one of the nation's favourite comedies over 40 years on.

It followed the unfortunate exploits of highly-strung Torquay hotelier Basil Fawlty, played by Cleese, and his wife Sybil, portrayed by Prunella Scales, as they tried to keep their hotel and marriage afloat.

In 2019, the show was named the greatest British sitcom of all time by a panel of television experts for Radio Times magazine.

On Tuesday, Castle Rock Entertainment announced it had closed a deal with actor and writer John Cleese to bring back the television series.

.The cast of Fawlty Towers, (L-R ) Prunella Scales as Sybil, John Cleese as Basil, Connie Booth as Polly and Andrew Sachs as Manuel.
Fawlty Towers originally ran for two series ( PA)

The new series will explore how the dramatic and cynical Basil navigates the modern world.

It will also see Basil and a daughter he has just discovered is his, team up to run a boutique hotel.

Actor Rob Reiner, his wife and actress Michele Reiner, director and producer Matthew George and Derrick Rossi will act as executive producers on the series.

Cleese - who joined GB News last year - said: “What I like about Matt is that, unlike many producers, he really ‘gets’ the creative process.

Cleese is excited about the revival ( BBC)
John Cleese and Camilla Cleese attend the closing night after party for 'Monty Python Live (Mostly)' at The O2 Arena on July 20, 2014 in London, England.
The actor with daughter Camilla in 2014 ( Getty Images)

“When we first met, he offered an excellent first idea, and then Matt, my daughter Camilla, and I had one of the best creative sessions I can remember.

“By dessert we had an overall concept so good that, a few days later, it won the approval of Rob and Michele Reiner.

“Camilla and I look forward enormously to expanding it into a series.”

Producer George said that meeting John and Camilla was one of the “great thrills” of his life, adding: “I’m obsessed with Fawlty Towers and the legendary characters he created.

Connie Booth, John Cleese, Prunella Scales and Andrew Sachs attend a photocall for "Fawlty Towers: Reopened" at the Naval and Military Club
Cleese with some of his co-stars from the original series ( Corbis via Getty Images)

“I’ve watched the first two seasons so many times I have lost count. I dreamed of one day being involved in a continuation of the story. Now it’s come true.”

Rob Reiner said: “John Cleese is a comedy legend. Just the idea of working with him makes me laugh.”

Aside from Fawlty Towers, Cleese is best known as one of the original members of the Monty Python comedy troupe.

The group produced a number of surreal sketch shows and films including Monty Python And The Holy Grail, Monty Python’s Life Of Brian and Monty Python’s The Meaning Of Life.

Fawlty Towers S1 - Episode 1 "A Touch of Glass" - Picture shows John Cleese as Basil Fawlty
Cleese starring in the first ever episode of Fawlty Towers ( BBC)

The actor also revealed last year he was joining GB News after being told it is a “free speech channel”.

When announcing the move on BBC Radio 4’s Today Programme, he said: “The BBC have not come to me and said, ‘Would you like to have some one-hour shows?’.

“And if they did, I would say, ‘Not on your nelly’, because I wouldn’t get five minutes into the first show before I’d been cancelled or censored.”

Today presenter Amol Rajan replied at the time: “Well, we’ve given you five minutes today and I can promise you you haven’t been censored yet.”

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