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Planet Chaplin, Iran's Mr Bean and making Manuel Neapolitan

By Laura Marsh   December 2011

* The popularity of Yes, Minister endures. Canada, Sweden, Portugal, Israel, India, the Netherlands and Turkey have made their own versions of the show, and an Ukrainian remake was commissioned in 2009.

* Fawlty Towers, broadcast in 60 countries and voted Britain’s best sitcom, flopped in Spain when it was first shown because of its portrayal of the slow-witted Spanish waiter Manuel. Its ratings soared when he was renamed Paolo, an Italian from Naples, in a re-dubbed version.

* Every new year’s eve, half of all Germans watch a British 1960s skit called Dinner for One. Despite its popularity in…

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