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Fawlty Towers star Manuel is upset by BBC phone pranksters

Published 27/10/2008 | 01:20

The BBC has come under criticism after its presenters Russell Brand and Jonathan Ross made a series of crude phone calls to a former Fawlty Towers star.

The pair left answer phone messages for 78-year-old Andrew Sachs, who played waiter Manuel, in which they told him Brand had slept with his granddaughter and joked that the actor might kill himself as a result.

In the pre-recorded segments aired on Brand’s Radio 2 show, the host and Ross, who presents a show on the same radio channel, began making calls after Sachs apparently did not answer his phone for an pre-arranged interview to promote a television show.

Ross (47) left a message telling Sachs: “He f***** your granddaughter”.

Brand (33) denied this, but added: “Oh no, I have revealed I know her name.”

After discussing how Sachs might hang himself, the pair made a string of calls in which they ostensibly attempted to apologise for what was “just a joke”, but continued to leave lewd messages.

At one point, Brand sang: “I said some things I didn’t of oughta, like I had sex with your granddaughter, though it was consensual.”

A spokeswoman for Sachs said the actor was “upset” by the incident but did not wish to comment further.

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