Chris Jericho on greatest ever Fawlty Towers as shows return is confirmed

Fawlty Towers is on its way back, and wrestling legend and AEW star Chris Jericho is sure to be among those buzzing at the news.

It was announced this week that the British comedy classic would be returning to our screens some four decades after its last series aired.

The chaotic show featured the life and trials of hopeless hotelier Basil Fawlty, played by John Cleese, as he battled to make a success of his Torquay bedstead alongside wife, Cybil.

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Their hilarious disasters and mishaps saw Fawlty Towers named the Radio Times magazine’s best British sitcom of all time in 2019, with fans always lamenting that the original run was for just two series.

Decades later they’re now set for an other fix after it was confirmed Cleese would return to write and star in the show alongside his daughter, Camilla Cleese.

All Elite Wrestling star Jericho is sure to be glued to his television when the programme does return, having told Daily Star Online Fawlty Towers was “the greatest show of all time.”

Speaking prior to the news of the reboot, the legendary former WWE performer said: “I grew up in Canada, so the CBC was basically a direct pipeline to the BBC.

“Canada’s part of the Commonwealth so most of the shows on CBC would be British comedies.

“I grew up [with] Monty Python, Benny Hill, Blackadder, The Goodies and The Young Ones.

“The one that got me, to this day, and the one that spawned about 30 other shows is Fawlty Towers.

“That’s the greatest show of all time and that’s actually how I became friends with Lemmy [Kilmister].

“We met a few times then one time he said ‘Whatever do, don’t mention the war!’ and I was like ‘Oh, Fawlty Towers!’ and we had this big conversation about it, and we became friends.”

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Despite Fawlty Towers initially comprising of just a small number of episodes, the slapstick outrageousness of it made it a long-standing hit with fans.

Former AEW world champ Jericho had a hard time pinning down a favourite moment or episode, but couldn’t hold back his laughter in recalling some memorable moments: “The Germans is probably the best. Basil… puts up a moose that falls on his head and gets all wacky and thinks the German tourist group are Nazis.

“In this day and age it doesn’t sound very funny but it is so funny, it’s ridiculous.

“The other one is the one where the guy comes in and wants the Wardorf Salad – and Mrs Richards! That is the best one… ‘is this a piece of your brain?!”

Jericho even revealed that the series isn’t one he fondly remembers having only seen as a youngster in Canada – he still cracks the comedy triumph out each year in an attempt to recruit new Fawlty fans.

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He added: "I do a run through once a year and will show it to anyone who wants to see it.

“Most people don’t get it if they’re not from Canada or you’re living in the States, you don’t understand the accents, the subtle humour and the sexual humour.

“Brits are very warped and so are the Canadians so that’s why we get along so well with our humour!”

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