Episode Guide: Episode Number: 11 (Series 2 – Episode 5)
Written by: John Cleese and Connie Booth
Produced by: Douglas Argent
Directed by: Bob Spiers
Title: The Anniversary
Original TX: 19-03-79
John Cleese as Basil
Prunella Scales as Sybil
Andrew Sachs as Manuel
Connie Booth as Polly
Ballard Berkeley as Major Gowen
Gilly Flower as Miss Tibbs
Renee Roberts as Miss Gatsby
Brian Hall as Terry the Chef
Ken Campbell as Roger
Una Stubbs as Alice
Robert Arnold as Arthur
Pat Keen as Virginia
Roger Hume as Reg
Denyse Alexander as Kitty
Christine Shaw as Audrey
Sign reads “Flowery Twats” – The only “true” anagram. More information HERE
SET DESIGN / CHANGES:
Basil and Sybil’s bedroom in this episode is significantly different to the one seen in “The Wedding Party”
You can find out more about the set changes HERE.
This production of this episode was delayed by a technician’s strike at the BBC – meaning that the actor originally cast to play Roger (Julian Holloway) was unable to take part in the studio recording – despite having already been on location (See photo to the right). The part was re-cast, and Roger was eventually played by Ken Campbell.
This episode features the first and only appearance of Sybil’s friend, Audrey. You can find out more about the guests HERE.
The idea of the husband forgetting an anniversary was used in Episode 1 of the American remake “Payne” – apart from this brief link there is little else in common. You can find out more about the remakes HERE.
During the episode we find out that Sybil and Basil have been married for 15 years, and that their anniversary is 17th April. Since the episode was broadcast on 19th March, it isn’t clear whether the “April” is intended to be April 1979. If it is, we can assume that they were married in 1964.
There is a rare moment of kindness towards Manuel, when it is revealed that Basil has asked him to make his mother’s paella recipe as part of the anniversary celebrations.
Scenes outside the hotel were filmed at Woodburn Grange Country Club
You can find out more about the locations used during the series HERE
Roger: ‘Syb – ill. Bas – well!’
Manuel: MAN – Well!
Opening shot of episode (VHS Release 1984)
Basil pretends that he has forgotten!
Roger – originally played by Julian Holloway -
seen here on location with Una Stubbs.
Roger again – played by Ken Campbell – Same hat and cravat!
The guests gather on the landing…
… waiting to greet “Sybil” (Polly)
A moment of kindness – Manuel cooks!
The only appearance of Audrey
Despite using the idea of an anniversary, the American remake took the idea in a new direction. See HERE