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Towers tops online comedy survey

The cast of Fawlty Towers
Fawlty Towers won 30% of the votes cast in the online poll

Classic BBC sitcom Fawlty Towers has been named the most iconic TV comedy show of all time, in an online survey.

The show, in which John Cleese played exasperated hotel owner Basil Fawlty, received almost a third of the 3,000 votes cast in MSN Entertainment's poll.

Basil was also crowned Britain's favourite male television character, just ahead of Derek "Del Boy" Trotter from Only Fools and Horses.

Dawn French's Vicar Of Dibley was the most popular female comedy character.

Del Boy and his brother Rodney - as played by Sir David Jason and Nicholas Lyndhurst - were voted TV's most iconic on-screen duo.

Inspector Morse, meanwhile, was named the TV drama viewers would most like to see back on their screens.

MSN organised the poll to coincide with the Bafta TV Awards, to be held in London on Sunday.

"We wanted to give voters a chance to honour the cream of British television favourites," said the website's entertainment editor Mike Lok.

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