Fawlty Towers reboot plot confirmed with death of loved character

Fawlty Towers: Basil and Sybil discuss hotel guests

The original series, which ran from 1975 to 1979, was a huge success for the nation and is still regarded as one of the most loved sitcoms on British TV.

In the show, viewers followed the misadventures of hotel owner Basil Fawlty (played by John Cleese) and his wife Sybil (Prunella Scales)

Throughout the episodes, people also were introduced to the hilarious waiter Manuel (Andrew Sachs) and maid (Connie Booth).

Although fans know that John Cleese will be reprising his role, the same can’t be said for all the other characters who featured in the original.

The Fawlty Towers reboot is set to start by killing off his wife and much-loved character, Sybil.

90-year-old Prunella Scales was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s back in 2014 which sadly ended her acting career which spanned across six decades.

Speaking about the storyline in the reboot, John told The Sun: “The new one starts with Sybil’s death and Basil’s daughter getting a text message from her father saying, ‘Sybil did’.

“She texts back, ‘Sybil did what?’. Basil is about to deliver the eulogy and says what an absolutely wonderful woman Sybil was.

“And then the camera pans around and you see that behind his back he has his fingers crossed.”

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After Sybil’s death, Basil will go and see his daughter, who is the result of an affair with a previous guest at the hotel.

The new character will be played by John’s real-life daughter Camilla.

In the new Fawlty Towers, fans can expect to watch Basil try and navigate being a hotel manager in the modern world along with watching his relationship with his illegitimate daughter.

The Monty Python star added: “My daughter will probably be a hotelier who’s running this small hotel

“It’s going to be a sort of slightly posh boutique hotel in the Caribbean with a multicultural staff because that’s the world of hotels.

“And there’ll be no one in except Basil.”

Sadly, it’s unlikely any other stars from the original will feature as actress Connie Booth, John’s ex-wife, who gave up acting in the 90s.

Andrew Sachs, who captured the nation by playing Manuel, died at the age of 86 in 2016.

Although a release date is yet to be confirmed, it’s believed filming for the sitcom will take place in 2024.

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