Day 6 – Bradley’s Basement’s Advent Calendar 2016


Hello everyone! 🙂

It’s Day 6 of ‘Bradley’s Basement’s Advent Calendar 2016’.

What do John Cleese and ‘Specsavers’ have in common?

‘Fawlty Car’ of course! This is a YouTube video that I discovered earlier this year in January 2016. It’s one of my favourites, as it’s a little sketch for a ‘Specsavers’ advert starring John Cleese who reprises his role as Basil Fawlty from ‘Fawlty Towers’. I’d have to be mad not to have watched this TV advert!

‘Fawlty Towers’ is one of my favourite BBC sitcom TV shows made from the 1970s. It was created by John Cleese and Connie Booth and has lasted for two seasons, twelve episodes. It’s a series that has won the hearts of millions. I love the characters of Basil, Sybil, Manuel and Polly in it and the good writing.

Thankfully, John Cleese did agree to do this ‘Specsavers’ advert based on a ‘Fawlty Towers’ episode that I love. It’s from the episode ‘Gourmet Night’ and it has Basil re-doing the ‘beating of the car’ scene from that episode. But there’s a surprising twist in the advert that was unexpected and funny.

I’ve always wondered what had happened to Basil since the end of ‘Fawlty Towers’ in 1979. Now that I’ve seen this ‘Specsavers’ advert, I’m pleased there is more added to the collection of ‘Fawlty Towers’ stories. It’s a shame that ‘Fawlty Towers’ didn’t last long beyond the two series that it had.

‘Fawlty Car’ is a very enjoyable sketch of Basil Fawlty in a ‘Specsavers’ advert. I still remain a ‘Fawlty Towers’ fan and continue to enjoy watching the twelve episodes when I can. I gain inspiration from ‘Fawlty Towers’, especially when I wrote my ‘Doctor Who’ outer-space murder mystery called ‘The Space Hotel’.

Thanks for watching and reading!

Check out my complete review on ‘Fawlty Car’ here.

Find out what ‘Day 6 of ‘Bradley’s Basement’s Advent Calendar 2015’ was about!

Bye for now!

Tim. 🙂

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