John Cleese says ‘we can’t do it any better’ as he teases Fawlty Towers revival

John Cleese on The One Show
John Cleese says the return of Fawlty Towers has been a 'slow start' -Credit:BBC

Comedy legend John Cleese has teased the upcoming Fawlty Towers revival that he’s working on with his daughter Camilla. The popular British sitcom was announced to be returning last year and will be made by Castle Rock Entertainment.

Chatting to Alex Jones and Jermaine Jenas on BBC’s The One Show on Tuesday, April 30, Cleese was quizzed on the revival. When asked how production was going on the new episodes he said: “Well we're trying to figure out how to do it.”

He explained: “There's no point in setting it in Torquay because we've done that. We've done it well. We can't do it any better so we're going to do it in the Caribbean.”

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Cleese also gave small details as to what the plot of the new series would be. “[Camilla] is going to be my illegitimate daughter because one pretty lady one day came and stayed in Fawlty Towers when Sybil wasn't there and she seduced Basil for a bet,” he revealed.

The Monty Python star did confirm that the series was a while away though, adding: “We’ll be working on that but it's a slow start because when you're trying to create new characters. You're going to have to live with them all through the series so you’ve got to get them right and that takes a lot of time.”

John Cleese as Basil Fawlty in the original Fawlty Towers
John Cleese as Basil Fawlty in the original Fawlty Towers -Credit:BBC

The original show ran for two series on BBC Two in 1975 and 1979 following the lives of Torquay hotelier Basil and his wife Sybil as they tried to keep their business and marriage afloat. Do you think they should make more episodes? Let us know in the comments.

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