Newspaper article Sunshine Coast Daily (Maroochydore, Australia)

Why They Don't Mention the War like They Used To

Newspaper article Sunshine Coast Daily (Maroochydore, Australia)

Why They Don't Mention the War like They Used To

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"THEY don't make 'em like they used to. Bunch of money-chasing idiots. Not like in my day."

Sounding rather like an inn keeper on a short fuse, John Cleese reminisced on Wednesday about making Fawlty Towers, back in the epoch he remembers as television's golden age.

ABC-TV televised the series in 1979.

"I don't think the writers work as hard as they used to, and I think they may lack experience because I don't think the writing is as good as it used to be," Cleese, who wrote the classic comedy series with Connie Booth, who was then his wife, said.

"But I do proudly say that in the '60s, '70s and '80s we did have the least bad television in the world, and that's quite a claim. I think the main problem now is it's run on the basis of money."

Cleese was reunited with Booth, Prunella Scales, who played Sybil Fawlty, and Andrew Sachs, the Spanish waiter Manuel, at an event to publicise an upcoming 30th anniversary documentary on the making of Fawlty Towers. …

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