BBC Two has released the first teaser image from their upcoming three-part comedy series Decline And Fall, based on the novel of the same name by Evelyn Waugh.
The image in question shows Jack Whitehall in costume as lead character Paul Pennyfeather. “I am extremely pleased to be a part of this amazing adaptation by James Wood”, Whitehall said in a statement. “I’ve been a fan of this book since I read it as a teenager and I just hope that I can do it justice.”
Decline And Fall follows the exploits of Paul Pennyfeather, whose unfair expulsion from Oxford kick-starts a disastrous series of events, wherein he is by turn a naive teacher, a celebrity bridegroom, a wanted fugitive, and an international (and unintentional) white slave-trader. All while always being, indubitably, a victim of comic misfortune. In addition to Jack Whitehall, the cast also includes Eva Longoria, David Suchet and Douglas Hodge.
This marks the first ever TV adaptation of Decline and Fall and it was commissioned by the BBC’s Controller of TV Channels and iPlayer Charlotte Moore and Controller of Comedy Commissioning Shane Allen earlier this year. The adaptation was penned by Rev scribe James Wood and is set up at Tiger Aspect Productions and Cave Bear Productions. The executive producers are Ben Cavey, Will Gould and James Wood. Guillem Morales is direct the three-parter, which entered production in Wales earlier this week.
Check out the first image below: