How do you commemorate one of the most celebrated (and short-lived) Britcoms of all times? By reconstructing the set in painstaking detail using Lego bricks, of course. Behold, Lego Fawlty Towers!
Nathan Feist spent hours assembling the hotel lobby before taking it to show off at Brick Fair Virginia. The attention to detail is absolutely astounding, from the front counter to the “nasty” moose head that took Basil (played by John Cleese, for the uninitiated) an entire episode to get hung on the wall.
Nathan made use of some extremely creative building techniques — just check out the detail in the patterned tile floor, the chair rail, and even small elements like the fire alarm box.
All that’s left now is to get Mr. O’Reilly’s men in so they can remove that rather inconvenient door that leads to the main dining room. Well, that, and maybe a kitchen out back so we can see where Andre and Kurt worked their culinary magic. And perhaps the lounge, just in case the Major decides to pop in for a whiskey.
For a show that producers didn’t think could be “anything other than a disaster,” Fawlty Towers sure made a lasting impact. Cleese and Connie Booth only ever penned twelve episodes of the show — six each for two seasons, but each one was a Herculean task.
Just like Nathan, Cleese and Booth aimed for perfection. Scripts for some episodes went through four separate drafts and took as long as ten months to complete. It’s no secret that BBC shows are a writer’s medium whereas most American shows are a producer’s. The goal over here is often to hit 100 shows and syndicate, not necessarily produce something really great… not that all BBC-produced shows are great, mind you, but Fawlty Towers certainly was.