Decline And Fall. Paul Pennyfeather (Jack Whitehall). Copyright: Tiger Aspect Productions
Decline And Fall

Decline And Fall

  • TV comedy drama
  • BBC One
  • 2017
  • 3 episodes (1 series)

Adaptation of Evelyn Waugh's 1928 novel about a young teacher falling in love with the aristocratic mother of one of his pupils. Also features Jack Whitehall, Eva Longoria, David Suchet, Douglas Hodge, Stephen Graham and more.

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Series 1, Episode 3

Decline And Fall. Image shows from L to R: Paul Pennyfeather (Jack Whitehall), Dr Fagan (David Suchet)
Valiantly taking the fall for the murky deeds of his fiancee Margot, Paul Pennyfeather finds himself in deep trouble with the law. Will Paul be able to escape imprisonment, and will Margot wait for him if he doesn't?

Preview clips


This episode was dedicated to Tim Piggott-Smith, 1946 - 2017.

Broadcast details

Friday 14th April 2017
60 minutes

Cast & crew

Jack Whitehall Paul Pennyfeather
Eva Longoria Margot Beste-Chetwynde
David Suchet Dr Fagan
Douglas Hodge Captain Grimes
Stephen Graham Philbrick
Vincent Franklin Predergast
Oscar Kennedy Peter Beste-Chetwynde
Matthew Beard Arthur Potts
Guest cast
Tim Pigott-Smith Sniggs
Tom Stourton Alistair Digby-Vaine-Trumpington
Eleri Morgan Jane Jenkins
Jasper Jacob Monsieur Galeon
Ben McGregor Journalist
Nicholas Murchie Inspector Bruce
Michael Cochrane Prosecution Council
Martin Wimbush Judge
Paul Higgins Chief Warder
Tim Woodward Prison Medical Officer
Jack Brady Harold
Jason Watkins Wilfred Lucas-Dockery
Joseph Prowen Officer Bowman
Geoffrey McGivern (as Geoff McGivern) Mr Wilson
Writing team
Evelyn Waugh Writer
James Wood Writer (Adapted By)
Rhian Petty Script Editor
Production team
Guillem Morales Director
Matthew Bird Producer
Ben Cavey Executive Producer
Will Gould Executive Producer
James Wood Executive Producer
Shane Allen Executive Producer
Chris Sussman Executive Producer
Frith Tiplady Executive Producer
Joe Randall-Cutler Editor
Kristian Milsted Production Designer
Kate Rhodes James Casting Director
Yves Barre Costume Designer
Tim Fleming Director of Photography
Sallie Adams Make-up Designer
Paul Englishby Composer
Dan Mumford 1st Assistant Director


Pennyfeather's last supper

Pennyfeather is at his bachelor lunch when he is arrested.

Featuring: Jack Whitehall (Paul Pennyfeather), Oscar Kennedy (Peter Beste-Chetwynde), Tom Stourton (Alistair Digby-Vaine-Trumpington) & Nicholas Murchie (Inspector Bruce).


Third and final part of Rev creator James Wood's tart spin on the Evelyn Waugh classic, an adaptation that has remained commendably true to the rather cruel source material. After his dodgy trip to Marseilles, hapless schoolteacher and would-be stag Paul Pennyfeather (Jack Whitehall) finds himself unexpectedly in a place with lots of bars but no drink. Surely his glamorous fiancee Margot (Eva Longoria) has not forsaken him? Heads will roll.

Graeme Virtue, The Guardian, 14th April 2017

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