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Basil Fawlty returns to our screens – in a Specsavers ad

04 January, 2016
John Cleese as Basil Fawlty
Basil Fawlty returns to our screens this January

Specsavers is celebrating timeless comedy gold with a new television commercial featuring fictional Torquay hotelier Basil Fawlty.

One of Fawlty Towers' most memorable scenes

The latest Specsavers ad sees John Cleese in his most famous role remaking one of Fawlty Towers’ most memorable scenes with a Should’ve gone to Specsavers twist. After his parked car refuses to start, Basil is determined to teach it a lesson only to find himself thrashing the police car parked in front.

John Cleese says script was genuinely funny

On re-writing the famous car scene with Specsavers, the actor and comedian comments: ‘A lot of people have sent me Fawlty Towers’ scripts and they were always absolutely awful. I can’t tell you how many times I have said no. But Specsavers had created a script that I thought was genuinely funny, so I said yes.’

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