John Cleese reveals new details about upcoming Fawlty Towers reboot

May 24, 2023
Cleese offered viewers an insight into further plot points that will be explored throughout the series. Source: Getty Images.

As audiences eagerly await the return of the highly anticipated British sitcom Fawlty Towers, the show’s star John Cleese has provided new details about what audiences can expect.

Cleese recently announced that he would be reviving the comedy masterpiece for a third season in which he will also reprise his role as Basil Fawlty.

Now in a recent interview with The Sun, Cleese has revealed that the upcoming series will open with the death of a fan favourite.

“The new one starts with Sybil’s death and Basil’s daughter getting a text message from her father saying, ‘Sybil did’,” he revealed

“She texts back, ‘Sybil did what?’. Basil is about to deliver the eulogy and says what an absolutely wonderful woman Sybil was.

“And then the camera pans around and you see that behind his back he has his fingers crossed.”

After dropping that bombshell, Cleese gave viewers an insight into further plot points that will be explored throughout the series.

“Sybil dies and Basil goes to see his daughter because it was all part of a naughty affair that he once had with a guest at the hotel,” he began.

“My daughter will probably be a hotelier who’s running this small hotel.

“It’s going to be a sort of slightly posh boutique hotel in the Caribbean with a multicultural staff because that’s the world of hotels.

“And there’ll be no one in except Basil.”

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 told the publication.

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

News of the upcoming show seemingly ruffled some feathers with many people quickly taking to social media to voice their concerns, with many believing the show will end up cancelled.

In response, Cleese took to Twitter to offer a facetious apology for the “anger and distress” the new sitcom has caused.

“I must apologise I had no idea that the idea of writing a new sitcom with my daughter would cause so much anger and distress,” he wrote.

“I truly meant no harm.

“Naively I thought it might be fun. But I feel terrible about having released this tide of negative emotion

“Please forgive me.”

Following Cleese’s light-hearted apology, fans were quick to respond with messages of support for the series while encouraging Cleese not to “listen to haters”.

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