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Classic British sitcom “Fawlty Towers” is being revived at Castle Rock Entertainment with original series star and writer John Cleese and his daughter Camilla Cleese set to write and star. Originally telecast on on BBC2 in 1975 and 1979, the series is set in Fawlty Towers, a fictional hotel in the seaside town of Torguay on the English Riviera with Cleese as the rude and put-upon owner Basil Fawlty. Twelve episodes were produced in the original run.
Matthew George, Rob Reiner, Michele Reiner and Derrick Rossi are executive producing the series for Castle Rock Television, which is developing the project.
The new series will explore how the over-the-top, cynical and misanthropic Basil Fawlty navigates the modern world and will explore the relationship between Basil and a daughter he has just discovered he had, as the two tempt fate and team up to run a boutique hotel.
Said John Cleese in a statement: “What I like about Matt is that, unlike many producers, he really ‘gets’ the creative process. When we first met, he offered an excellent first idea, and then Matt, my daughter Camilla, and I had one of the best creative sessions I can remember. By dessert we had an overall concept so good that, a few days later, it won the approval of Rob and Michele Reiner. Camilla and I look forward enormously to expanding it into a series.”