Don’t Be Alarmed… It’s Only a FAWLTY TOWERS LEGO Recreation
By Rachael Berkey on August 28, 2014
Nathan Feist, the Fawlty Towers fan who built the reproduction, honored the show in such meticulous detail that even small things like fire extinguishers were reproduced in LEGO form. And have you ever seen a LEGO moose? Well, look no further. The famous moose head from the show is up in glorious detail, broken antler and all, on the wall above the reception desk. In fact, you can take a closer look at Feist’s LEGO creation in the gallery below.
Fawlty Towers only aired two seasons of six episodes each on BBC2 in the 1970s. It was written by John Cleese and his wife at the time, Connie Booth. The show chronicled the shenanigans of the hotel’s owners Basil Fawlty and his wife Sybil as they attempt to run the hotel with a chambermaid – possibly the sanest of the bunch – named Polly, and a luckless waiter named Manuel. Comedy always ensued, as the hotel seemed to attract one calamity after another. Cleese played Basil Fawlty and Connie Booth played Polly, the chambermaid. In the grand tradition of put-upon proprietors, Cleese’s Fawlty was often rude and tense, all characteristics Cleese picked up from a local hotel owner when he was traveling with the Monty Python team.
For a show with only a few episodes to its name, Fawlty Towers has had remarkable staying power and clearly continues to inspire fans today. On the British Film Institute’s TV 100 list in 2000, it was named the best British television show of all time. For frame of reference, Doctor Who came in 3rd and Monty Python’s Flying Circus, 5th.
Feist had the Fawlty Towers LEGOs on display at the LEGO convention BrickFair Virgini this summer.