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Decline and Fall
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Series 1 - Episode 2
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Dr Fagan, headmaster of the decrepit and disreputable Llanabba School, is appalled at the prospect of the dissolute Captain Grimes as a son-in-law. He despises his “wooden leg, abominable features and moral turpitude”.
Grimes (Douglas Hodge) isn’t that keen on marrying Flossy (Katy Wix) either, and looks around desperately for a means of escape, even during the actual ceremony.
Though this (very faithful) adaptation of Evelyn Waugh’s comedy of manners at times feels a bit flat and lifeless, a good cast keeps things bumping along. Eva Longoria is winning as the seemingly flighty yet ruthlessly steely Margot Beste-Chetwynde, while Jack Whitehall fits nicely into the role of hapless protagonist Paul Pennyfeather.
He’s smitten with Margot, who wants him to do her one little favour before they marry, just to pop over to France to help her business, the Latin American Entertainment Company. It’s a fateful request….
Wealthy and beautiful widow Margot Beste-Chetwynde's world is one in which Paul is not overly comfortable. A socialite, her glamorous home is almost constantly filled with the fashionable upper echelons of society, leaving him struggling to adapt to the environment, while striving to win her heart. Perhaps most importantly, he also wonders whether Margot is all that she seems. Jack Whitehall, David Suchet, Eva Longoria and Douglas Hodge star in James Wood's adaptation of Evelyn Waugh's comic novel.
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Full Episode Guide
Meet the cast of Decline and Fall
Jack Whitehall, David Suchet and Eva Longoria star in Evelyn Waugh's biting but hilarious satire about an unfortunate Oxford student turned hapless teacher
Decline and Fall: some great performances but you’d be better off with the book
Daniel Mays on why actors shouldn’t “posh up” to get roles
What time is the Decline and Fall finale on TV?
Eva Longoria on her Ed Sheeran obsession, weeping at Moonlight and going wild for Bear Grylls
Actor Tim Pigott-Smith dies aged 70
Did Decline and Fall's Bollinger Club really exist? Evelyn Waugh and his Bullingdon Club inspiration
Jack Whitehall on scandal, public school privilege and new BBC drama Decline and Fall
A nod to Piggate brings Decline and Fall bang up to date
Jack Whitehall: "The idea that I got to where I am because of my dad is the one that hurts the most"
Decline And Fall starring Jack Whitehall and Eva Longoria gets BBC1 air date
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