It is impossible to mention everything that Bernard Cribbins did – he did so much, and was a constant companion to so many of us, in childhood and beyond (Obituary, 28 July). However, I do think his turn in Fawlty Towers is worth a mention. There were only 12 episodes, but each was a classic, and all the actors who took part were clearly carefully chosen, even for a one-off role in a single episode. Bernard was one of those – who can forget his pedantic spoon salesman with a peculiar turn of phrase in The Hotel Inspectors, surely among the best character turns in a sitcom (and he got to beat up Basil Fawlty: “I am not a violent man, Mr Fawlty”)? Priceless.
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