Fawlty Towers voted best UK sitcom of all time
A panel of UK television experts draws up a list of their finest.
It only ran for 12 episodes but Fawlty Towers has been voted the best British sitcom of all time, according to a list compiled by a panel of television experts for Radio Times magazine.
And it’s hard to disagree with the #1 pick.
Co-writer and co-star of Connie Booth said: “Fawlty Towers succeeds, I think, because it allows infantile rage and aggression a field day in a buttoned down, well-mannered English society.
“It’s unique in being a farce, with all the plot surprises and precision that the style requires. And it doesn’t hurt that the star of the show is a six-foot-five comic genius. If he was shorter I can’t imagine how it would have worked.”
John Cleese added: “What a cast. I’m proud we are up there with Porridge and Only Fools and Ab Fab and Blackadder and The Office and Reggie Perrin and The Thick of It.”
Here is the list:
Fawlty Towers, 1975-9
Father Ted, 1995-8
I’m Alan Partridge, 1997-2002
Dad’s Army, 1968-77
Only Fools and Horses, 1981-2003
The Royle Family, 1998-2012
Absolutely Fabulous, 1992-2012
The Thick of It, 2005-12
The Office, 2001-3
OnePeep Show, 2003-15
The Vicar of Dibley, 1994-2007
The Fall and Rise of Reginald Perrin, 1976-9
The Young Ones, 1982-4
Gavin & Stacey, 2007-10
The Good Life, 1975-8