The definitive behind-the-scenes story of a favourite comedy, from Britain's most successful entertainment writer.
Fawlty Towers was only on our screens for 12 half-hour episodes, but it has stayed in our lives ever since. The Major; 'Don t mention the war!'; 'He s from Barcelona'; Basil the Rat everyone has a favourite line, moment or character.
In this, the first biography of the show, Graham McCann holds up to the light each of the unpredictable elements - the demented brilliance of John Cleese, his creative partnership with Connie Booth - that added up to an immortal sitcom, beloved all over the world, even in Barcelona.
Will be enjoyable for all devotees of Britain's favourite sitcom . . . The pleasure to be had in McCann's episode summaries is testament to the sitcom's enduring brilliance. - TLS
'A tragi-comedy of creative tension, personality conflict, endearing characters and enduring catch phrases' - The Times on Spike & Co
You will laugh, you will learn, and you will, undoubtedly, start speaking in a silly voice. - Word on Spike & Co
'A hugely entertaining read' - Daily Telegraph on Dad's Army
'Excellent. All but essential' - Time Out on Dad's Army
A remarkable researcher [whose] results are pure gold. . . [Fawlty Towers] is a work of scholarship. . . its lightness of touch and its arcane information make it quite unputdownable. - Sydney Morning Herald