Fawlty Towers  : The Complete BBC Series [Box Set] - £11.98 delivered @ Amazon
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Fawlty Towers : The Complete BBC Series [Box Set] - £11.98 delivered @ Amazon

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Amazon.co.uk Review
Often hailed as the greatest ever British sitcom, Fawlty Towers is closer to the more elaborate tradition of farce. Comprising two series made in 1975 and 1979, the total of just 12 episodes were painstakingly constructed by writers John Cleese and Connie Booth. Unlike most British farces, however, Fawlty Towers deals with the big themes--death, psychology, xenophobia and even sex-o-phobia (Basil's marriage to Sybil is the most sterile ever depicted in a sitcom). Basil's contempt for his guests is, of course, legendary. It takes little from patrons to unleash his sledgehammer sarcasm: "Rosewood, mahogany, teak? Sorry, I was wondering what you'd like your breakfast tray made out of," he sneers at a guest who dares request breakfast in bed. Like every Englishman, he wants to be king of his own castle and resents having to take in lodgers to maintain the place, especially the open-necked younger generation, whom he regards as sub-human. Mostly, though, Fawlty Towers is comedy of exasperation--who can forget the "damn good thrashing" Basil gives his clapped-out car, or the nervous breakdowns he almost suffers trying to make himself understood to Manuel? It's also comedy of embarrassment. The very fear of losing his dignity generally leads Basil into the most spectacularly undignified of predicaments. His inevitable misery is our sheer delight.--David Stubbs

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was going to get my dad a DAB radio but this might be an ideal present instead :P

Just to let you know that both series one and two are available in ASDA (INSTORE) for £5 each!

I know because I purchased them today!

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Or pay a pound more less 5% quidco for the remastered version
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Good price, but the set has just been re-released for the 30th anniversary. This deal is the old set. The new set includes John Cleese audio commentaries on the episodes plus new interviews with the cast. Also now apparently 'remastered'. New set best price is only a pound more than this one. £12.99 at HMV:

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Is the HMV link for both seasons?

All 12 episodes yes.

Affraid have to vote cold as the 30th Anniversary Remastered Version is much better value with all new extra content and only for £1 more, but with also 5% Quidco.

]Fawlty Towers: Complete Series: Remastered

Synopsis

This Special Edition marks the 30th Anniversary of one of the greatest situation comedies British television has ever seen. Every episode of the BAFTA winning sitcom has been fantastically remastered and for the first time ever John Cleese provides audio commentaries on all 12 episodes.

SPECIAL FEATURES

Exclusive commentaries by John Cleese
2009 Extended Interviews
Includes exclusive interview with Connie Booth
Accompanying booklet
Interviews with John Cleese, Prunella Scales and Andrew Sachs.
Series 1 director’s commentary by John Howard Davies
Series 2 director’s commentary by Bob Spiers
Artist profiles
Out takes
Torquay Tourist Guide (short documentary film)
Cheap Tatty Review
Audio Description & Navigation Option

Starring John Cleese, Prunella Scales, Andrew Sachs and Connie Booth

Series One: Written by John Cleese and Connie Booth. Directed and produced by John Howard Davies.

Series Two: Written by John Cleese and Connie Booth. Directed by Bob Spiers. Produced by Douglas Argent

2009 interviews originally filmed for “Fawlty Towers: Re-opened” for GOLD. © UK Gold Services Limited MMIX

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