John Cleese’s daughter Camilla says Fawlty Towers reboot will do its best to remain ‘edgy’

‘People are a little sensitive nowadays, to put it lightly!’ Camilla Cleese says Fawlty Towers reboot will do its best to remain ‘edgy’ – but dad John, 83, won’t be doing any ‘physical’ comedy

John Cleese’s daughter Camilla has admitted the upcoming Fawlty Towers reboot will do its best to remain ‘edgy’, despite people being ‘a little sensitive nowadays’.

The comedian, 39, revealed her father, 83, who played play grumpy hotelier Basil Fawlty in the sitcom, won’t be doing any physical comedy but that the new series will ‘honour the tone’ of the original, which ran between 1975 and 1979 on BBC Two.

While plot details are mostly being kept under wraps, the story will look at Basil’s relationship with his daughter, who he has only recently discovered he is father to.

Camilla told The Sun: ‘He won’t be doing as much crazy physical, comedic things as before but you never know what you might see him do.

‘There will be jokes that will be a little bit edgy but we’re not out to get anyone, we don’t dislike any people. That’s not the basis of it. People are a little sensitive nowadays, to put it lightly.

‘People are a little sensitive nowadays, to put it lightly!’ John Cleese’s daughter Camilla has admitted the upcoming Fawlty Towers reboot will do its best to remain ‘edgy’

‘If anything we’re making fun of the show’s characters and their idiosyncrasies.’

She went on to admit the reboot ‘may take three months, or three years’ to write and produce.

John recently revealed he will not let the BBC screen a remake of Fawlty Towers as he thinks the organisation has become too ‘woke’.

The actor said: ‘I’m not doing it with the BBC because I won’t get the freedom.’

He added: ‘I was terribly lucky because I was working for the BBC in the late 60s, 70s, beginning of the 80s and that was the best time because the BBC was run by people with real personality… But I believe it’s become far too dominated by people who are frightened of offending people.’

He told GB News’ Dan Wootton: ‘I want to deal with subjects that get people upset but I want to get sensible people with a sense of humour who will listen to each other and who will trade arguments rather than simply making speeches.’

The Monty Python star is yet to say which channel will show the remake.

Details are secret but it is safe to assume it will avoid very ‘un-woke’ scenarios of the original show, which ran from 1975 and 1979.

Hilarious: The comedian, 39, revealed her father, 83, who played play grumpy hotelier Basil Fawlty in the sitcom, won't be doing any physical comedy

Hilarious: The comedian, 39, revealed her father, 83, who played play grumpy hotelier Basil Fawlty in the sitcom, won’t be doing any physical comedy 

One episode, The Germans, featured Basil leaving a German guest in tears with repeated mentions of the war.

In another the character Major Gowen, played by Ballard Berkeley, repeatedly used the N-word about the West Indies cricket team. It was temporarily pulled by streaming service UKTV.

Cleese said at the time: ‘We were not supporting [the Major’s] views, we were making fun of them.’

Controversial: The plot for the long-awaited reboot is being kept tightly under wraps, but it will, of course, see the return of the inept hotel manager Basil Fawlty, played by John

Controversial: The plot for the long-awaited reboot is being kept tightly under wraps, but it will, of course, see the return of the inept hotel manager Basil Fawlty, played by John

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