Fawlty Towers

Fawlty Towers (1975)

37 mistakes in season 2

The Kipper and the Corpse (a.k.a. Death) - S2-E4

Revealing mistake: In the scene where Basil and Manuel have put the corpse in the room behind the reception, and the Major comes over and speaks to Basil, the actor playing the corpse blinks.

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The Kipper and the Corpse (a.k.a. Death) - S2-E4

Visible crew/equipment: In the kitchen scene with Basil, Sybil and chef, Basil says, "Would you believe it, I give him his breakfast, I take it all the way upstairs." At this point, the shadow of a boom microphone on the wall to the right is visible.

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Communication Problems (a.k.a. Theft) - S2-E1

Visible crew/equipment: In the scene where Polly tells Manuel to go and fetch toilet paper for Mrs Richards, the boom microphone shows up at the top left for a few seconds.

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The Kipper and the Corpse (a.k.a. Death) - S2-E4

Revealing mistake: Just after Polly comes down to to the kitchen to tell Sybil that Mr Leeman's dead and they leave, Basil wanders back in, to learn the news. Watch the wall on the right on the staircase when Basil shoves past Sybil on the stairs. The wall shakes so much at that point it's virtually impossible to miss.

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Waldorf Salad - S2-E3

Visible crew/equipment: When the Hamiltons arrive, Mrs Hamilton says 'May I introduce my husband.' The boom mic is seen at the top of the screen.

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The Psychiatrist - S2-E2

Visible crew/equipment: When Basil's trying to persuade Sybil about the woman in the guest's room, the shadow of a boom mic appears on the top wall.

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Waldorf Salad - S2-E3

Continuity mistake: When Basil is talking to Mr. Hamilton in the dining room there is smoke coming from the kitchen. The next moment he goes into the kitchen and all the smoke is gone.

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The Kipper and the Corpse (a.k.a. Death) - S2-E4

Continuity mistake: When Basil, Polly and Manuel are trying to hide the body in the cupboard in the guests' bedroom, the door behind them leading to the bathroom mysteriously opens and closes between shots throughout the scene.

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The Psychiatrist - S2-E2

Visible crew/equipment: After Mr. Johnson refers to the Torquay guide as the 'world's shortest book' and leaves the hotel, you see a boom mic coming in at the top of the screen for about 3 seconds.

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Basil the Rat (a.k.a. Rats) - S2-E6

Continuity mistake: When Basil and Sybil are talking to the public health inspector in the kitchen (on his second visit), Basil breaks two bottles of wine. When he removes the second bottle, there are two bottles remaining on the rack, but when the camera cuts away and then back when he breaks it, there is only one bottle left on the rack.

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The Kipper and the Corpse (a.k.a. Death) - S2-E4

Revealing mistake: When Basil, Manuel and Polly are trying to hide Mr. Leeman from the other guests, they put him in a cupboard. While they are talking to the people staying in the room, Mr. Leeman's hand comes out of the cupboard. Watch carefully, and you can see the actor opening the door from the inside, and then putting his arm down, making him look like the corpse.

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Communication Problems (a.k.a. Theft) - S2-E1

Plot hole: Basil torments Mrs. Richards by miming when he is speaking to her, so she will think her hearing aid has failed. However, she speaks twice during the scene, and she would hear herself - obviously - and would know that he was trying to fool her.

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The Anniversary - S2-E5

Visible crew/equipment: When they are in to see Sybil, as they switch on the light, the boom mike is visible on top of the screen.

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The Psychiatrist - S2-E2

Revealing mistake: There are noticable disparaties between the locations of rooms and the windows on the outside of the building. This is particularly noticable in this episode when Basil climbs a ladder to look through the window.

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The Psychiatrist - S2-E2

Revealing mistake: When Basil is climbing up the ladder to view the inside of Mr Johnson's room, he accidently peers inside Dr Abbott's room. When he starts doing his "checking" routine on the window before he falls backwards, the pane flexes, indicating that it's made of clear perspex.

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The Kipper and the Corpse (a.k.a. Death) - S2-E4

Continuity mistake: When the guest from number 8 is going up, in one shot Basil is looking on his watch when you see him from behind but not from the front a split second later.

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Per Mikkelsen

The Anniversary - S2-E5

Continuity mistake: Near the beginning, when Sybil goes into the office after speaking to Basil about the date, the lights are obviously on in the office, but when she walks out, it can just be seen on the right that the office is in complete darkness, and then when the shot changes back to the regular one in the lobby, the office is lit up again, without anyone going in there in the meantime.

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Waldorf Salad - S2-E3

Visible crew/equipment: When the Hamilton's are talking to Sybil, Basil enters and Mrs Hamilton says 'Harry finds it too gloomy'. At the top of the screen the boom mic is visible.

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Basil the Rat (a.k.a. Rats) - S2-E6

Revealing mistake: When Polly and Manuel are walking down Fawlty Towers drive with Basil the Rat in the box, there is an arch over the front entrance with Wooburn Grange Country Club written on it. This is the name off the building used as the location for the exterior scenes of Fawlty Towers; this is most visible on the DVD.

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The Kipper and the Corpse (a.k.a. Death) - S2-E4

Character mistake: When Sybil is telling Basil that the two men and the woman are coming to collect Mr Leeman but he's already pronounced dead, she tells her husband that they are coming to collect him "at lunchtime". However, his colleagues told Mr Leeman they'd collect him at 9:30 and not lunchtime.

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The Kipper and the Corpse (a.k.a. Death) - S2-E4

Visible crew/equipment: When Mr. White asks if Basil can clean their room later the boom mike shadow is visible on the door behind Mr. White.

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The Psychiatrist - S2-E2

Revealing mistake: When Basil sneaks into Raylene's room to listen for the "extra guest" in Johnson's room, Raylene wakes up screaming. When Sybil comes in, turns the light on and Basil says "I didn't know she was there, I just came in to check the walls", look at the extreme right of the screen. You can see the shadow of a boom light on the wall.

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Waldorf Salad - S2-E3

Visible crew/equipment: When Basil says to Mr. Hamilton "I'm sorry if it wasn't wide enough for you, a lot of the English cars have steering wheels" the boom mic can be seen in the top left corner.

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The Kipper and the Corpse (a.k.a. Death) - S2-E4

Visible crew/equipment: When they discover that Ms. Tibbs has fainted in the office the boom mike shadow is visible on the wall to the right.

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Communication Problems (a.k.a. Theft) - S2-E1

Continuity mistake: During the opening scene where Polly is arguing with Mrs Richards over "giving change", the loose papers on the reception counter keep disappearing and re-appearing between shots.

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The Kipper and the Corpse (a.k.a. Death) - S2-E4

Revealing mistake: The dog's mouth is nowhere near Manuel when he is "bit".

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The Kipper and the Corpse (a.k.a. Death) - S2-E4

Visible crew/equipment: When Polly is on the phone with the undertaker and she says "I'm afraid somebody's died tonight", the boom mike is visible to the right of the screen.

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The Psychiatrist - S2-E2

Continuity mistake: In this episode, Basil hides in a closet to try and trap a girl staying the night in a guest's room. However, in other episodes ("Wedding Guests," "Communication Problems," and "The Kipper and the Corpse"), there is a room in the same spot the closet is in this episode.

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The Psychiatrist - S2-E2

Continuity mistake: After the woman screams, Sybil knocks the wall and you can see it move.

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The Anniversary - S2-E5

Visible crew/equipment: When Virginia shows the cakes she's brought with her the boom mike is visible above them.

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Waldorf Salad - S2-E3

Continuity mistake: When Basil brings the Hamilton's their bottle of wine, he fills up Mr Hamilton's glass but not Mrs Hamilton's. However, a couple of shots later, we see both Mr and Mrs Hamilton drinking wine from their glasses despite nobody pouring any wine into Mrs Hamilton's glass.

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The Psychiatrist - S2-E2

Continuity mistake: In the episode "The Wedding Party", the first two rooms on the second floor right of the stairs were 12 and 14. Yet in this episode, those two exact same rooms are now 5 and 6.

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Casual Person

The Psychiatrist - S2-E2

Visible crew/equipment: Basil runs out of the kitchen and stops Doctor Abbott and starts talking to him. The shadow of a boom mic appears on the wall to the right of the screen twice as he talks to him.

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Casual Person

The Anniversary - S2-E5

Plot hole: Sybil leaves the hotel at 05:29 and returns with Audrey at 24:39. 19 minutes have elapsed in real time during which Basil has been 'entertaining' Sybil's friends. So Sybil had just enough time to visit Audrey, talk to her and return. There wasn't enough time to visit the homes of Alice, Kitty or Virginia. Sybil went straight to Audrey who must therefore be her closest friend. Also Audrey was free and knew nothing about the party. Would not Basil have invited Audrey to the party? Is not Audrey's presence just to allow Sybil to explain to the audience when it makes no sense she is not at the party?

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The Kipper and the Corpse (a.k.a. Death) - S2-E4

Visible crew/equipment: When Basil, Manuel and Sybil enter the office and find Miss Tibbs fainted next to the corpse, the boom mic appears on the righthand side of the screen next to the fan on the wall. And when the camera switches back to the full shot of all the characters, the boom mic appears again.

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The Kipper and the Corpse (a.k.a. Death) - S2-E4

Revealing mistake: When the sausages burn the first time, the smoke comes from off screen.

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The Kipper and the Corpse (a.k.a. Death) - S2-E4

Visible crew/equipment: When Dr. Price asks who found the dead guest the boom mike is visible above him.

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Mrs Richards: And another thing. I expect to be able to see the sea.
Basil: [whispering to Manuel.] Deaf, Mad and Blind. [To Mrs Richards.] Yes, this is the view as far as I can remember... Yes, yes it is.
Mrs Richards: When I pay for a view, I expect something more interesting than that.
Basil: But that is Torquay, madam.
Mrs Richards: Well it's not good enough.
Basil: Well may I ask what you expected to see out of a Torquay hotel bedroom window? Sydney Opera House perhaps? The Hanging Gardens of Babylon? Herds of wildebeest sweeping majestically across the plain...
Mrs Richards: [interrupting.] Don't be silly. I expect to be able to see the sea.
Basil: You CAN see the sea! It's over there between the land and the sky!
Mrs Richards: I'd need a telescope to see that.
Basil: Well might I suggest you move to a hotel closer to the sea. Or preferably in it.
Mrs Richards: Now listen to me. I'm not satisified but I've decided to stay. HOWEVER, I shall expect a deduction.
Basil: Why, because Krakatoa isn't erupting at the moment?
Mrs Richards: Because the room is cold, the bath is too small, the view is invisible and the radio doesn't work.
Basil: No, the radio works. You don't.

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Melody Lang, who plays Mrs. Taylor in this episode, is Andrew Sachs' wife.

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