Let’s be Sybil – boating with Sybil Fawlty

Everybody has their favourite… Fawlty Tower programmes, that is.

Heck, they’re all good but among the best is when a deaf old crone complains to Basil that she ordered a ‘room with a view’.

And Basil asks ‘what do you expect from a Torquay hotel window, the Hanging Gardens of Babylon?’

Get out on the canal: In Amsterdam

Before telling her that his wife deals with requests for reductions.

Time mellows us all and while John Cleese is still as caustic as ever his sparring partner Prunella Scales is someone you’d love to have high tea with.

Prunella and her husband, fellow thesp Timothy West, both now in their 80s, have been on their own Great Canal Journey.

And they have been employing, among others, the services of Le Boat.

The programme returns to our screens for a one-off special at 8pm on Sunday 27 October 2019.

And it will show our intrepid and far from decrepit duo on the inland waterways of Europe, the Americas and beyond.

For myself and the Scary One it has to be Ansterdam… Pictures of Amsterdam. And George Clooney and Amal’s Amsterdam hotel.

During Sunday’s episode, Scales and West will share some of their favourite memories from all ten seasons.

They will revisit amazing scenery and transformative experiences from all over the world.

The self-drive boating operator, Le Boat, partnered with the show when the cast and crew took to a Le Boat craft to film an episode in Alsace in France, and then later on the Rideau Canal in Ontario, Canada.

Viewers wishing to create their own Great Canal Journey, can book a Le Boat adventure in 2020, with a choice on 17 destinations in nine countries. 

A seven-night self-catered cruise, departing 16 May 2020, starting and ending at Le Boat’s base at Smiths Falls on the Rideau Canal in Canada, on board the Horizon 1 sleeping five, costs from £1,949 / 390 pp. 

Travel to and from the base extra. Direct return flights on those dates to Ottawa from London Heathrow, are priced from £588 pp. Le Boat (02392800347, www.leboat.co.uk)

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