Fawlty Towers Podcast - Episode 12 - Basil the Rat

Basil the Rat – Episode 12

Basil the Rat was the final episode of Fawlty Towers‘ second season and featured an extended escapade as Manuel’s pet rat roams the hotel in the middle of a hygiene inspection. In this podcast Gerry and Iain leave the studio door open so they can get some exercise.



Guests in this episode included John Quarmby as Mr Carnegie the health inspector; Sabina Franklyn as Quentina; and Andrew Sachs’ wife, Melody Lang, as Mrs Taylor.


The episode was, like the rest of the series, written by John Cleese and Connie Booth. Each of Season 2’s six shows were produced by Douglas Argent and directed by Bob Spiers.


Basil the Rat was released in 1979, albeit some time after The Anniversary. It is 34 minutes long and originally aired on BBC 2. The show can be viewed on Netflix in the UK and Ireland and is available on DVD around the world.