John Cleese announces revival of iconic British sitcom ‘Fawlty Towers’

Feb 09, 2023
'Fawlty Towers' set to return. Source: Getty

Comedy masterpiece Fawlty Towers is set to return for a third season after funnyman John Cleese announced he’ll be reprising his role as Basil Fawlty in a reboot of the iconic show.

Over 40 years since the show came to an end, the 83-year-old, joined by his daughter, Camilla, is set to return as a writer and star in the show’s revival.

While major plot points have not been announced, the show’s revival will be about the main character Basil Fawlty discovering he has a daughter, leading to the two of them opening a hotel together.

As reported by the BBC, the Fawlty Towers reboot came to life over dinner with American director Rob Reiner and producer Matthew George.

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

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

However, the upcoming show is bound to ruffle some feathers as it will have a strong focus on the hapless main character navigating the modern world with his pessimistic and antisocial behaviour.

People took to social media to voice their concerns, with many believing the show will end up cancelled.

In 2020, the former Monty Python star spoke out about an episode of Fawlty Towers being pulled from television for offensive language.

The episode titled The Germans, famously known for its quote “don’t mention the war”, was banned from numerous TV stations for the character Major Gowen’s use of racial slurs.

“I would have hoped that someone at the BBC would understand that there are two ways of making fun of human behaviour,” Cleese said of the decision not to air the episode.

“One is to attack it directly. The other is to have someone who is patently a figure of fun, speak up on behalf of that behaviour.”

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