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December 31, 2005

PODCAST INTERVIEW: "Fawlty Towers- A Worshipper's Companion" Author Talks about Never-Broadcast 13th Episode with America's Radio Sweetheart

December 12, 2005

This post was archived from the original website for Fawlty Towers Revisited, which premiered on public television in 2005.

Lars Holger Holm, author of Fawlty Towers – A Worshipper’s Companion, was interviewed recently by Jesse Thorn – America’s Radio Sweetheart – with The Sound of Young America.

In addition to talking about his inspiration for writing the book and why Basil is his favorite role model, Holm also explains how a London pub conversation about Monty Python led to his viewing of the never-broadcast episode 13th episode of Fawlty Towers and to making a copy of the script that is included in the book.

Fawlty Towers – A Worshipper’s Companion is available in the U.S. only through your local PBS station. To get a copy and find out about “The Robbers” episode, check out the link at the top of this blog to find the PBS station nearest you.

To listen to the podcast, you can use iTunes, which includes The Sound of Young America on its subscription service, or download Juice, a cross-platform Podcast receiver.

Listen to the interview:

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If you’re not already a fan of “The Sound of Young America,” then check it out to find out more and to subscribe to its weekly podcast.

Here’s an excerpt from a recent Salon.com article about TSOYA: “The Sound of Young America” is the greatest radio show you’ve never heard. The weekly, hourlong show comes out of Santa Cruz, Calif., where it broadcasts on KZSC, and has been picked up by KSFS in San Francisco and by WUSM at the University of Southern Mississippi in Hattiesburg. Thankfully, it is also available by podcast, and iTunes, which offers the show on its subscription service, and bills it as ‘public radio’s meeting point between Conan O’Brien and Terry Gross.’ Such proclamations rarely hold much truth, but in this case it’s a fair description. Jesse “America’s Radio Sweetheart” Thorn, the 22-year-old host of the show, interviews his guests — authors, artists, musicians, scholars and an abundance of comedians — with the civility and preparedness of Gross leavened with the good humor of O’Brien.”

Basil, a Branch and a Car (an Austin 1100, to be exact!)

December 9, 2005

This post was archived from the original website for Fawlty Towers Revisited, which premiered on public television in 2005.

The limited edition Corgi Austin 1100 Estate Fawlty Towers car being offered exclusively by PBS stations as a pledge thank-you gift in conjunction with the premiere of Fawlty Towers Revisited and the 30th anniversary of Fawlty Towers actually is the correct replica of the car Basil loved to hate.

While taping Fawlty Towers Revisited in London in May, fomer Fawlty Towers producer/director John Howard Davies told the PBS crew that previous releases of an Austin 1300 as Basil’s car were incorrect.  “And I should know, because I had the same car — an Austin 1100!” he explained.

These highly collectible cars are only available through PBS stations, and the set (pictured above) includes the car, Basil Fawlty figurine, complete with branch, and a numbered Certificate of Authenticity.

You can learn more details about this limited edition Corgi set in the Fawlty Towers Collectibles category on the right-hand side of this blog, or by going to the Corgi USA web site and clicking on the image of the Fawlty Towers set at the bottom of the page.

And here are a couple of news stories inspired by Basil, a branch and an Austin 1100:

Basil’s Road Rage Tops Brit Poll as No. 1 Momentous Motoring Event

Find out what 2% of British Drivers Have in Common with Basil Fawlty

On the Menu for "Basil the Rat" – Episode Six, Second Season

December 7, 2005

This post was archived from the original website for Fawlty Towers Revisited, which premiered on public television in 2005.

Food certainly played a key supporting role in Fawlty Towers. So we thought it would be fun to provide you with the “menu” for each episode, as well as links to recipes for such.

In addition to picking up some ideas for your holiday entertaining, we also hope you will find plenty of inspiration for that perfect menu to share with your guests at your very own Fawlty Towers Revisited watching party.

“Do you have rats in Spain, or did Franco have them all shot?” says Basil.  Fortunately rats aren’t on the menu for this final(?) episode of Fawlty Towers, which was transmitted on October 25, 1979.  Veal is, however, with a box of biscuits.  No charge for the rat.

Cold Rice Pudding - recipe here

Ratatouille - recipe here

Veal - recipe here

Windsor Soup - recipe here

Biscuits - recipe here

On the Menu for "The Anniversary" – Episode Five, Second Season

December 7, 2005

This post was archived from the original website for Fawlty Towers Revisited, which premiered on public television in 2005.

Food certainly played a key supporting role in Fawlty Towers. So we thought it would be fun to provide you with the “menu” for each episode, as well as links to recipes for such.

In addition to picking up some ideas for your holiday entertaining, we also hope you will find plenty of inspiration for that perfect menu to share with your guests at your very own Fawlty Towers Revisited watching party.

Much to the dismay of Fawlty Towers’ chef, Terry, this episode gives Manuel his big chance to get into the kitchen and cook his special paella dish for Basil & Sybil’s 15th wedding anniversary.  Unfortunately, only one of them will be there to celebrate in this episode, first broadcast on March 19, 1979. And what a spread to party with!

Paella - recipe here

Gazpacho - recipe here

Eggplant Espanol (as close as we could come!) - recipe here

On the Menu for "The Kipper and The Corpse" – Episode Four, Season 2

December 7, 2005

This post was archived from the original website for Fawlty Towers Revisited, which premiered on public television in 2005.

Food certainly played a key supporting role in Fawlty Towers. So we thought it would be fun to provide you with the “menu” for each episode, as well as links to recipes for such.

In addition to picking up some ideas for your holiday entertaining, we also hope you will find plenty of inspiration for that perfect menu to share with your guests at your very own Fawlty Towers Revisited watching party.
Geoffrey Palmer guests in this episode, which was first broadcast on March 12, 1979.  One thing lies in the way of his simple quest for a plate of sausages.

Sausages - recipe here

Eggs, Bacon Sausage, Tomatos & Kippers (Full English Breakfast) - recipe here

Ham Sandwich - recipe here

On the Menu for "Waldorf Salad" – Third Episode, Second Season

December 7, 2005

This post was archived from the original website for Fawlty Towers Revisited, which premiered on public television in 2005.

In addition to picking up some ideas for your holiday entertaining, we also hope you will find plenty of inspiration for that perfect menu to share with your guests at your very own Fawlty Towers Revisited watching party.

This show first aired on March 5, 1979, and it’s about one key difference between American and Brits, the ability to complain.  About all the food?

Prawns - recipe here
Lamb Casserole - recipe here
Cold Meat Salad - recipe here
Waldorf Salad - recipe here
Green Salad - recipe here
Filet Mignon - recipe here
Pate - recipe here
Grapefruit - you really don’t need a recipe now, do you?!
Eggs, Bacon, Sausage and Tomato (Full English Breakfast) - recipe here

On the Menu for "The Psychiatrist" – Episode Two, Season Two

December 7, 2005

This post was archived from the original website for Fawlty Towers Revisited, which premiered on public television in 2005.

Food certainly played a key supporting role in Fawlty Towers. So we thought it would be fun to provide you with the “menu” for each episode, as well as links to recipes for such.

In addition to picking up some ideas for your holiday entertaining, we also hope you will find plenty of inspiration for that perfect menu to share with your guests at your very own Fawlty Towers Revisited watching party.

John Cleese explains in “Fawlty Towers – Fully Booked” that this episode is about Basil’s dislike of any kind of sexual bevahior. So the only thing left to to is have bananas, beef and donuts, right? The show was first broadcast on Feb. 26, 1979.

Bananas - recipe here

Beef recipe here

Donuts - recipe here

On the Menu for "Communication Problems" – Episode One, Season Two

December 7, 2005

This post was archived from the original website for Fawlty Towers Revisited, which premiered on public television in 2005.

Food certainly played a key supporting role in Fawlty Towers. So we thought it would be fun to provide you with the “menu” for each episode, as well as links to recipes for such.

In addition to picking up some ideas for your holiday entertaining, we also hope you will find plenty of inspiration for that perfect menu to share with your guests at your very own Fawlty Towers Revisited watching party.

Saving money was the main theme of this episode, which was broadcast on Feburary 19, 1979, almost four years after the “The Germans” was first aired. Perhaps in keeping with the theme, no food was mentioned ins this show.

On the Menu for "The Germans" – Sixth Episode, First Season

December 7, 2005

This post was archived from the original website for Fawlty Towers Revisited, which premiered on public television in 2005.


Food certainly played a key supporting role in Fawlty Towers. So we thought it would be fun to provide you with the “menu” for each episode, as
well as links to recipes for such.

In addition to picking up some ideas for your holiday entertaining, we also hope you will find plenty of inspiration for that perfect menu to share with your guests at your very own Fawlty Towers Revisited watching party.

One of the most memorable episodes, “The Germans” was first broadcast on Oct. 24, 1975. And repeat after me, “Don’t mention the …..!”

Veal Chop with Rosemary - recipe here

Egg Mayonnaise - recipe here

Prawn Cocktail - recipe here

Pickled Herring - recipe here

Cold Meat Salad - recipe here

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