Jack Whitehall & Eva Longoria Cast In Decline And Fall

To commemorate 50 years since the death of Evelyn Waugh, BBC Two have commissioned a three part adaptation of Decline And Fall, written by James Wood (Rev). Confirmed to star in the production are Jack Whitehall (Bad Education), David Suchet (Poirot) Eva Longoria (Desperate Housewives) and Douglas Hodge (Penny Dreadful).

Decline And Fall follows Paul Pennyfeather (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.

Suchet will play Dr Fagan, the headmaster of Llanabba, an obscure public school in Wales, where Paul first finds employment alongside fellow teacher Grimes (Hodge). It is here that Paul meets the Honourable Mrs Margot Beste-Chetwynde (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.”

Evelyn Waugh’s Decline And Fall will premiere on BBC Two later this year.