Fawlty Towers will never return because cast members are “too old, tired”: Cleese

May 7th, 2009 - 3:23 pm ICT by ANI  

London, May 7 (ANI): John Cleese has ruled out return of Fawlty Towers, insisting that the castmembers are “too old and tired.”

The 69-year-old said “everyone would be excited if we did” but that the “bar has moved so high” that a remake would be “good - not very good”.

Cleese gave his comments as he, Prunella Scales, Connie Booth and Andrew Sachs reunited for the first time in 30 years to promote a documentary for TV channel G.O.L.D, reports The BBC.

Only 12 episodes of the 1970s sitcom about a grumpy hotelier were ever made.

Cleese, who wrote the tales of Basil Fawlty with ex-wife and co-star Booth, said he had to work for 43 weeks - “writing, performing and filming” - to make each of the two series.

Cleese said: “It took so much energy to do that show. I think everyone would be excited if we did it [a new series]. The problem is, when you do do something that is generally accepted as being very good, a horrible problem arises which is, how do you top it?

“The expectation of what you will do is so high.”

Cleese and Booth - who played waitress Polly Sherman - had taken the decision jointly to stop at two series, he said.

“We both felt we’d done our best and we just knew that, if we did it, it wouldn’t be as good. It would be good but not very good,” he explained. (ANI)

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