John Cleese says ‘Fawlty Tower’ reboot won’t be on BBC and won’t be an “anti-Oak nightmare”

John Cleese talks about his amazing revival Defective tower would not return to his original home at the BBC because the UK broadcaster would not give him enough editorial freedom.

The 83-year-old British comedy icon said the revived series, which is in the works at Rob Reiner’s Castle Rock Entertainment, will find a new home as he writes the script with his daughter Camilla Cleese.

Asked if he wanted to work with the BBC, he said: “No, because you don’t get the freedom.”

He told right-leaning British news channel GB News that the series would take central character Basil Fawlty and take him from his hotel in Torquay to the Caribbean.

40 years after the second season, Cleese said a “little bijou hotel” on a Caribbean island would provide the perfect backdrop for a modern-day foul.

“If you put it in the Caribbean, it becomes very multi-ethnic. People in the hotel business come from all over, so you can bring together a lot of different people. its characteristics Defective tower The hotel had a pressure cooker atmosphere.”

GB News presenter Dan Wootton Cleese read a headline from The Guardian, which said: Defective tower The reboot will be “an anti-waking nightmare.”

Cleese responded: “They obviously know better than I do what it’s going to be. Maybe they’ll write an episode for me that they think is acceptable. Maybe not very funny, but I’m sure it will make some of their readers really happy.”

He added: “The idea that it was going to be all about Walkery didn’t particularly occur to me.”

Although it only ran for two seasons, ending in 1979, Defective tower Number one on numerous Greatest British Comedies of All Time lists.

Written by Cleese and Connie Booth, the show followed hapless hotel manager Fawlty and Spanish waiter Manuel (Andrew Sachs), Cleese’s bossy wife Sybil (Prunella Scales), and their chambermaid Polly, played by Booth.

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