John Cleese

News: Fan Has Basil Fawlty Tattoo On Their Arm

A Fawlty Towers fan – at least we think they must be a fan – has had the image of Basil Fawlty tattoo'd on their arm.


News: John Cleese Talks About Fawlty Towers Germans Removal

John Cleese has commented on the news that UKTV has removed 'The Germans' episode of Fawlty Towers from its website.


News: Transmission Date For John Cleese Sitcom Hold The Sunset

Hold The Sunset, the BBC sitcom starring John Cleese, returns next month.

The first series was broadcast on Sunday nights at 7.30pm. It now moves to Fridays and returns on 2nd August at 9pm.

The series also stars Alison Steadman, Anne Reid, Jason Watkins, Rosie Cavaleiro, Joanna Scanlan and Peter Egan.


News: Second Series Of Hold The Sunset Starts Shooting

Shooting has started on the second series of the BBC One comedy Hold the Sunset starring John Cleese and written by Oscar-nominated writer Charles McKeown. 


News: Edinburgh Performer Produced By John Cleese

This year’s Edinburgh Fringe Festival will see ‘Camilla Cleese & Steve Hofstetter: Produced by John Cleese’.  Opening at Edinburgh’s Assembly George Square Studios: Studio 3 on 14th August, the show will run daily for two weeks until 26th August.

This stand-up comedy show features two USA comedians; one has over 100 million YouTube views, the other has a famous Dad. 

Please note only 50% of these comedians were produced by John Cleese.


Interview: John Cleese On His Return To Sitcom In Hold The Sunset

What drew you (John Cleese) to make your first BBC sitcom since Fawlty Towers 44 years ago?

The producer Humphrey Barclay is an old friend of mine. We’ve known each other since 1961 when we were both in the Cambridge Footlights. He came to me and said he had found this great new script called Hold the Sunset by Charles McKeown and asked if I would be interested in doing it. I read it and loved it. It was the best script I’d read in a hundred years! So of course, I said yes immediately.


News: John Cleese Recreates I Look Down On Him Class Sketch

John Cleese has recreated the classic sketch in which he plays an upper class gent who looks down on the middle and lower classes.

In the original sketch, first broadcast on The Frost Report in 1966 and written by Marty Feldman and John Law, Cleese appeared with Ronnie Barker and Ronnie Corbett. In this new version he co-stars with comedian Ian Stone and actor John Alford.

News: Andrew Sachs Dies

Andrew Sachs, the actor who will always be known as Manuel from Fawlty Towers, has died. He was 86.

Reports say that he had been suffering from dementia and died in a care home.

Sachs had a long career and in recent years had appeared in Coronation Street and Casualty. In 2008 he became embroiled in the scandal that became known as Sachsgate when Russell Brand and Jonathan Ross left a rude message on his answerphone.

News: John Cleese Hits Out At Faulty Show

John Cleese has hit out at Faulty Towers The Dining Experience, the unofficial homage to the legendary TV series written by Cleese and Connie Booth. In an interview he has talked about taking legal action.

He has described the show, by the Australian company International Interactive Theatre, which has been running around the world since 1997, as “brazen, utterly shameless”.


News: John Cleese Brings Back Basil Fawlty

John Cleese has brought bonkers hotelier Basil Fawlty back to life.

His first new appearance onscreen nearly 37 years after the last BBC series of Fawlty Towers aired in 1979 will be in a new Specsavers advert which will air in January.

In the advert Cleese recreates the famous scene in which he gives his broken-down car a "damn good thrashing". Except that due to his lack of efficient glasses he gives the wrong car a damn good thrashing.



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