Fawlty Towers has been named as the greatest British sitcom of all time.
The Telegraph reports that the sitcom, which starred John Cleese, topped a Radio Times list of the 20 best British sitcoms despite running for for just two series of six episodes each in the 1970s.
It beat other series including Father Ted, Blackadder, I’m Alan Partridge and Only Fools And Horses, winning a special place in viewers’ hearts for its combination of “farce” and “precision”, experts said.
Speaking to the Radio Times, the show’s co-writer and star 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.
The comedy series set in a chaotic Torquay seaside hotel managed by an incompetent and highly strung hotelier played by John Cleese, was ranked above Father Ted, which chronicled the lives of three dysfunctional Irish priests and their housekeeper, and I’m Alan Partridge, in second and third place respectively.