‘The Kipper and the Corpse’ (TV)



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This is another one of my favourite episodes from the ‘Fawlty Towers’ series! This episode is about a man named Mr. Leeman who sadly dies during the night at the hotel. Basil and everyone else have to carry the dead body of Mr. Leeman out of the hotel to the undertakers, without alarming guests.

Derek Royle guest stars as Mr. Leeman in the episode. I’m amazed at how he managed to play dead throughout the episode and not slip up during his performance. I’m sure he enjoyed being carried around by Basil Fawlty and Manuel upstairs and downstairs, before being put in the laundry basket.

There’s also Mavis Pugh as Mrs. Chase with her dog Prince. Mrs. Chase is obsessed and in love with her dog Prince. She’s so obsessed that she barely notices Basil and Manuel carrying dead Mr. Leeman. I love it when Manuel’s attends to Mrs. Chase and her dog for breakfast and he gets bitten.

There’s also Geoffrey Palmer as Dr. Price, who stays at the hotel. I love it when Dr. Prince wants some ‘SAUSAGES’ for breakfast and he doesn’t get any. I like having ‘SAUSAGES’ for breakfast. The scene between him and Manuel when he wants ‘SAUSAGES’ for breakfast was truly enjoyable to see.

And there’s Richard Davies and Elizabeth Benson as Mr. and Mrs. White. This married couple tries to get into their hotel room when Basil and Manuel hide dead Mr. Leeman with Miss Tibbs in the wardrobe. Miss Tibbs has a large role in this episode since she gets shocked to see dead Mr. Leeman.

‘The Kipper and the Corpse’ is one of my absolute favourite episodes from the ‘Fawlty Towers’ TV series. I love watching it again and again and it’ so funny when Basil and Manuel keep moving dead Mr. Leeman about the hotel. Manuel even gives up and tires out as he ends up in the laundry basket.

On Disc 2 of the ‘Fawlty Towers – The Complete Collection Remastered’ DVD, there are two audio commentaries on ‘The Kipper and the Corpse’. There’s an audio commentary with director Bob Spiers and there’s an audio commentary with John Cleese.

‘The Kipper and the Corpse’ rating – 10/10

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