Decline And Fall
Jeremy Front dramatises Evelyn Waugh's darkly comic 1920s romp, with a host of comedy actors in the main roles
- Comedy Drama
- BBC Radio 4
- 2 (1 series)
- Kieran Hodgson, Geoffrey Whitehead, John Sessions, James Fleet, Ben Crowe, Emilia Fox, Alex Lawther, Tilly Vosburgh and others
- Evelyn Waugh
- Tracey Neale
- Marion Nancarrow
Paul Pennyfeather, a scholarly young student at Oxford, knows nothing of 1920s high life until one night he encounters The Bollinger Club...
Paul is an innocent but, nevertheless, the engine of the piece. The fuse is lit in Oxford after which the plot moves listeners quickly to London, then out to a tenth rate school in rural Wales where we meet the headmaster Dr Fagan, and two fellow teachers Grimes and Prendergast.
From here the story moves to a glass and steel fantasy of excessive modern architecture in the middle of the English countryside, the home of the beautiful Margot and designed by the eccentric Otto.
Paul's travels then take him to hot and sweaty Marseille and into trouble which results in him ending up in a British prison.
Paul's adventures end in a rather Alice In Wonderland fashion when he is given a new identity and returns to Oxford, exactly where he started, but with the addition of a beard.