Whenever I read or hear somebody mention the popular Spanish town, I can't help thinking of Manuel, the funny Spanish waiter in the famous British series Fawlty Towers. That's why the other day, while doing an exercise with one of my groups, in which Paris and Barcelona were mentioned, I told my students about the series.
Fawlty Towers is a sitcom set in a hotel in Torquay. The first season aired in 1975 and the second in 1979. Though Manuel keeps saying that he's from Barcelona, the actor who portrayed the Spanish waiter was British of German origin. He was born in Berlin and emigrated to London with his parents in 1938 to escape persecution under the Nazis.
Listen to him boasting about his nationality below and read the article from The Guardian newspaper about the best 10 Fawlty Towers moments.