Fawlty Towers, Communication Problems, 1979
Fawlty Towers remains one of Britain’s most beloved sitcoms, even if it is over forty years since it ended.
Everybody has a favourite episode and this has to be one of the best. Communication Problems kicked off season two and featured a superb performance from Joan Sanderson, of Please Sir fame as Mrs Richards. It’s Basil at his best!
Of course Joan Sanderson and Prunella Scales would later co-star as Mother and daughter in the radio then TV comedy series After Henry.
The arrival of the “guest from hell” — Mrs. Richards, a rather deaf, dotty and bad-tempered woman — interferes with Basil’s attempts to prevent the money he won on a racehorse from being discovered by Sybil, who disapproves of gambling.
John Cleese as Basil Fawlty
Prunella Scales as Sybil Fawlty
Joan Sanderson as Mrs Alice Richards
Andrew Sachs as Manuel
Connie Booth as Polly Sherman
Ballard Berkeley as Major Gowen
Brian Hall as Terry the Chef
Gilly Flower as Miss Abitha Tibbs
Renee Roberts as Miss Ursula Gatsby
Written By: John Cleese and Connie Booth
Original Transmission Date: 19th February, 1979