Bed & Breakfast in Torquay
Can’t we just get away from it all? Yes we can! But not from all of it. We will still be who we are and that is sometimes the problem… and the main source of comedy. Basil Fawlty is clearly unsuited to be a hotelier yet, midlife crisis compels him to open a bed and breakfast.
Basil likes the idea of running a hotel to achieve a higher status in society despite the fact that running a hotel involves dealing with people he mostly despises. The show centers around him interacting with his guests and the humor that occurs as a result.
The over-the-top plots are comical and believable at the same time; which is important, as this show offers a glimpse into what dark comedy would happen if we did follow our compulsions without addressing the underlying cause of our dissatisfaction.
“Family meeting! Family meeting!”
— Dick Solomon
“Bernard, I have served eleven governments in the past thirty years.
If I had believed in all their policies, I would have been passionately committed to keeping out of the Common Market, and passionately committed to going into it…
… A nationalisation freak and a privatisation maniac; but above all, I would have been a stark-staring, raving schizophrenic.”
— Sir Humphrey Appleby
“Education in this country is a disaster. We’re supposed to be preparing children for a working life. Three quarters of the time they’re bored stiff!”
”Well I should have thought that being bored stiff for three quarters of the time was an excellent preparation for working life.”
— Jim Hacker & Sir Humphrey