Evelyn Waugh’s Decline And Fall To Air This March

Starting Friday March 31st, BBC One will air a three part adaptation of Decline And Fall to commemorate 50 years since the death of Evelyn Waugh. Written by James Wood (Rev), it stars Jack Whitehall (Bad Education), David Suchet (Poirot) Eva Longoria (Desperate Housewives) and Douglas Hodge (Penny Dreadful).

Decline And Fall follows Paul Pennyfeather (Jack Whitehall), a divinity student at Oxford University in the 1920s, who is wrongly dismissed for indecent exposure as a result of a prank by The Bollinger Club.

David Suchet plays Dr Fagan, the headmaster of Llanabba, an obscure public school in Wales, where Paul first finds employment alongside fellow teacher Grimes (Douglas Hodge). It is here that Paul meets the Honourable Mrs Margot Beste-Chetwynde (Eva Longoria), the mother of one of the pupils.

For Paul it is love at first sight, but little does he know what lies ahead of him when he agrees to tutor her son over the summer holidays.

Shane Allen, Controller of BBC Comedy Commissioning, says: “One of the greatest comic novels of all time, this satirical masterpiece is long overdue a television debut. Waugh deploys comedy and tragedy to point up prevailing institutional corruption and the dehumanising consequences of elitism, very timely and apposite for today.”