Decline And Fall

Rik Mayall begins reads an eight-part adaptation of Evelyn Waugh's masterpiece.

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Genome: [r4 Bd=19920422]

A six-part adaptation of Evelyn Waugh 's dazzling first novel. 1: Theology undergraduate

Paul Pennyfeather is thrown out of Oxford and forced to take a post in an eighth-rate public school.

Adapted by Jeremy Front Producer Lissa Evans Stereo

Genome: [r4 Bd=19920422]

Unknown: Evelyn Waugh

Unknown: Paul Pennyfeather

Adapted By: Jeremy Front

Producer: Lissa Evans

Paul: Alistair McGowan

Grimes: Jim Broadbent

Prendergast: Andrew Sachs

Potts: Daniel Strauss

Peter: Richard Pearce

Dr Fagan: Edward Hardwicke

Postlethwaite: Peter Penry Jones

Sniggs: Sean Arnold

Philbrick: Jonathan Kydd

Flossie: Emma Fielding

Dingy: Siriol Jenkins

Genome: [r4 Bd=19920429]

Evelyn Waugh 's novel, dramatised in six parts.

2: Llanabba School sports day is arranged in 24 hours flat, and Paul Pennyfeather falls in love - Adapted by Jeremy Front

Producer Lissa Evans. Stereo

Genome: [r4 Bd=19920429]

Unknown: Evelyn Waugh

Unknown: Paul Pennyfeather

Adapted By: Jeremy Front

Producer: Lissa Evans.

Paul: Alistair McGowan

Peter: Richard Pearce

Grimes: Jim Broadbent

Prendergast: Andrew Sachs

Fagan: Edward Hardwicke

Philbrick: Jonathan Kydd

Lady Circumference: Margaret Courtenay

Margot: Joanna David

Genome: [r4 Bd=19920506]

Evelyn Waugh 's novel dramatised in six parts. 3: In which

Paul Pennyfeather exchanges the primitive horrors of Llanabba school for the futuristic nightmare of King's Thursday...

Adapted by Jeremy Front

Producer Lissa Evans. Stereo

Genome: [r4 Bd=19920506]

Unknown: Evelyn Waugh

Unknown: Paul Pennyfeather

Adapted By: Jeremy Front

Producer: Lissa Evans.

Paul: Alistair McGowan

Grimes: Jim Broadbent

Prendergast: Andrew Sachs

Dr Fagan: Edward Hardwicke

Margot: Joanna David

Peter: Richard Pearce

Otto: Daniel Strauss

Genome: [r4 Bd=19920513]

Evelyn Waugh 's novel dramatised in six parts. 4: Paul Pennyfeather becomes engaged to a member of high society and Grimes turns up again.

Adapted by Jeremy Front

Producer Lissa Evans. Stereo

Genome: [r4 Bd=19920513]

Unknown: Evelyn Waugh

Unknown: Paul Pennyfeather

Adapted By: Jeremy Front

Producer: Lissa Evans.

Paul Pennyfeather: Alistair McGowan

Margot: Joanna David

Grimes: Jim Broadbent

Maltravers: John Church

Peter: Richard Pearce

Potts: Daniel Strauss

Jane: Theresa Streatfeild

Genome: [r4 Bd=19920520]

Evelyn Waugh 's novel dramatised in six parts. 5: Paul Pennyfeather travels from Marseilles to gaol, via the Ritz.

Adapted by Jeremy Front Producer Lissa Evans

Stereo

Genome: [r4 Bd=19920520]

Unknown: Evelyn Waugh

Unknown: Paul Pennyfeather

Adapted By: Jeremy Front

Producer: Lissa Evans

Paul Pennyfeather: Alistair McGowan

Margot: Joanna David

Peter: Richard Pearce

Potts: Daniel Strauss

Philbrick: Jonathan Kydd

Panther: Peter Gunn

Prendergast: Andrew Sachs

Prison Doctor: John Church

Prison Schoolmaster: Neil Roberts

Genome: [r4 Bd=19920527]

Evelyn Waugh 's novel dramatised in six parts. 6: The wheel turns full circle and Paul Pennyfeather starts all over again.

Adapted by Jeremy Front

Producer Lissa Evans. Stereo

Genome: [r4 Bd=19920527]

Unknown: Evelyn Waugh

Unknown: Paul Pennyfeather

Adapted By: Jeremy Front

Producer: Lissa Evans.

Paul Pennyfeather: Austair McGowan

Grimes: Jim Broadbent

Prendergasl: Andrew Sachs

Lucas Dockery: James Grout

Philbrick: Jonathan Kydd

Lunatic: Kenneth Colley

Margot: Joanna David

Peter: Richard Pearce

Panther: Peter Gunn

Otto: Daniel Strauss

Genome: [r4 Bd=19930104]

A six-part adaptation of Evelyn Waugh 's novel.

1: Theology undergraduate Paul Pennyfeather is thrown out of Oxford and forced to take a post in an eighth-rate public school.

Adapted by Jeremy Front

Producer Lissa Evans.

Genome: [r4 Bd=19930104]

Unknown: Evelyn Waugh

Unknown: Paul Pennyfeather

Adapted By: Jeremy Front

Producer: Lissa Evans.

Paul: Alistair McGowan

Grimes: Jim Broadbent

Prendergast: Andrew Sachs

Potts: Daniel Strauss

Peter: Richard Pearce

DrFagan: Edward Hardwicke

Postlethwaite: Peter Penry Jones

Sniggs: Sean Arnold

Philbrick: Jonathan Kydd

Flossie: Emma Fielding

Dingy: Siriol Jenkins

Genome: [r4 Bd=19930111]

A six-part adaptation of Evelyn Waugh 's first novel. 2: Llanabba School sports day is arranged in 24 hours flat, and Paul Pennyfeather falls in love.

Adapted by Jeremy Front

Producer Lissa Evans.

Genome: [r4 Bd=19930111]

Unknown: Evelyn Waugh

Unknown: Paul Pennyfeather

Adapted By: Jeremy Front

Producer: Lissa Evans.

Paul Pennyfeather: Alistair McGowan

Peter: Richard Pearce

Grimes: Jim Broadbent

Prendergast: Andrew Sachs

Fagan: Edward Hardwicke

Philbrick: Jonathan Kydd

Lady Circumference: Margaret Courtenay

Margot: Joanna David

Genome: [r4 Bd=19930118]

A six-part adaptation of Evelyn Waugh 's novel. 3: In which

Paul Pennyfeather exchanges the primitive horrors of the Llanabba school for the futuristic nightmare of King's Thursday...

Adapted by Jeremy Front Producer Lissa Evans

Genome: [r4 Bd=19930118]

Unknown: Evelyn Waugh

Unknown: Paul Pennyfeather

Adapted By: Jeremy Front

Paul Penny feather: Alistair McGowan

Grimes: Jim Broadbent

Prendergast: Andrew Sachs

Dr Fagan: Edward Hardwicke

Margot: Joanna David

Peter: Richard Pearce

Otto: Daniel Strauss

Genome: [r4 Bd=19930125]

A six-part adaptation of Evelyn Waugh 's dazzling first novel.

4: In which

Paul Pennyfeather becomes engaged to a member of high society, and Grimes turns up again.

Adapted by Jeremy Front Producer Lissa Evans

Genome: [r4 Bd=19930125]

Unknown: Evelyn Waugh

Unknown: Paul Pennyfeather

Adapted By: Jeremy Front

Producer: Lissa Evans

Paul Penny feather: Alistair McGowan

Margot: Joanna David

Grimes: Jim Broadbent

Maltravers: John Church

Peter: Richard Pearce

PottS: Daniel Strauss

Jane: Theresa Streatfeild

Genome: [r4 Bd=19930201]

Evelyn Waugh 's novel, dramatised in six parts. 5: Paul Pennyfeather travels from Marseilles to gaol, via the Ritz.

Adapted by Jeremy Front

Producer Lissa Evans.

Genome: [r4 Bd=19930201]

Unknown: Evelyn Waugh

Unknown: Paul Pennyfeather

Adapted By: Jeremy Front

Producer: Lissa Evans.

Paul Pennyfeather: Alistair McGowan

Margot: Joanna David

Peter: Richard Pearce

Potts: Daniel Strauss

Philbrick: Jonathan Kydd

Panther: Peter Gunn

Prendergast: Andrew Sachs

Prison doctor: John Church

Prison schoolmaster: Neil Roberts

Genome: [r4 Bd=19930208]

by Evelyn Waugh.

Final part: In which the wheel turns full circle and Paul Pennyfeather starts all over again.

Adapted by Jeremy Front

Producer Lissa Evans.

Genome: [r4 Bd=19930208]

Unknown: Evelyn Waugh.

Unknown: Paul Pennyfeather

Adapted By: Jeremy Front

Producer: Lissa Evans.

Paul Pennyfeather: Alistair McGowan

Grimes: Jim Broadbent

Prendergast: Andrew Sachs

Lucas Dockery: James Grout

Philbrick: Jonathan Kydd

Lunatic: Kenneth Colley

Margot: Joanna David

Peter: Richard Pearce

Panther: Peter Gunn

Otto: Daniel Strauss

0120100517 (BBC7)

Evelyn Waugh's Paul Pennyfeather who, expelled from Oxford, is forced to rethink his life.

Stars Andrew Sachs and Jim Broadbent.

0120080607 BT=0830 (BBC7)
20080607 BT=1930 (BBC7)

Evelyn Waugh's Paul Pennyfeather who, expelled from Oxford, is forced to rethink his life.

Stars Andrew Sachs and Jim Broadbent.

012004070220050218

Paul Pennyfeather's encounter at his Oxford college has disastrous consequences.

01Drama2015042620150502 (R4)

A real gem in the canon of British comic fiction.

Evelyn Waugh's fast paced roller-coaster, dramatised

by Jeremy Front, is peopled by larger than life characters

and a few grotesques. Paul Pennyfeather, a quiet, earnest,

scholarly young student at Oxford knows nothing of 1920's

high-life until one night he encounters The Bollinger Club...

Produced by Marion Nancarrow and Directed by Tracey Neale

Set in the early jazz age, the tone of Decline and Fall is Wodehousian with added sex, drugs and alcohol. The central character is Paul Pennyfeather, played by Oxford graduate and young emerging comedian, Kieran Hodgson. Paul is an innocent but nevertheless the engine of the piece. The fuse is lit in Oxford after which the plot moves us 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 played by comedy stars - Geoffrey Whitehead, John Sessions and James Fleet.

From here we are taken to a glass and steel fantasy of excessive modern architecture in the middle of the English countryside, the home of the beautiful Margot, stylish played by Emilia Fox, designed by the eccentric Otto, a cameo played with relish by Tom Hollander in Episode Two. Paul's travels then take him to hot, 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.

Decline and Fall is dramatised by Jeremy Front. Jeremy won the Best Dramatisation in the 2014 Drama Audio Awards for Evelyn Waugh's Sword of Honour. His wonderfully comic touch has been evident in his most recent work for Radio 4 - Charles Paris and Incredible Women.

0220100518 (BBC7)

Paul Pennyfeather is put in charge of his school's sports day - and he falls in love.

Stars Alistair Mcgowan and Richard Pearce.

0220080614 BT=0830 (BBC7)
20080614 BT=1930 (BBC7)

In Evelyn Waugh's comedy of 1928, Pennyfeather is put in charge of Sports Day.

With Alistair Mcgowan and Jim Broadbent.

02Drama2015050320150509 (R4)

Captain Grimes finding himself in 'the soup'

again has disappeared and Margot has

invited Paul to tutor her son Peter during

the school holidays. There he meets the

eccentric Otto.

Directed by Tracey Neale.

02Llanabba Castle2004070920050225

The start of life at Llanabba does not augur well for Paul.

Dr Fagan gives him one day to organise Sports Day.

0320100519 (BBC7)

Grimes has a startling announcement to make and Paul Pennyfeather gets a holiday job.

Stars Alistair Mcgowan and Jim Broadbent.

0320080621 BT=0830 (BBC7)
20080621 BT=1930 (BBC7)

In Evelyn Waugh's comedy, Grimes has a startling announcement to make and Pennyfeather gets a holiday job.

With Jim Broadbent.

032004071620050304

It's Sports Day at Llanabba School, but of course, things don't go quite as smoothly as planned.

0420100520 (BBC7)

Paul Pennyfeather makes a proposal - and receives an unlikely visitor.

Stars Alistair Mcgowan, Jim Broadbent and Andrew Sachs.

0420080628 BT=0830 (BBC7)
20080628 BT=1930 (BBC7)

In this dramatisation of Evelyn Waugh's 1928 novel, Pennyfeather makes a proposal and receives an unlikely visitor.

042004072320050311

It's the day after Sports Day at Llanabba School and Mr Prendergast is feeling hungover, much to the amusement of Captain Grimes.

0520100524 (BBC7)

On the eve of their wedding, Margot sends Paul to Marseille to sort out a little problem for her.

Stars Alistair Mcgowan.

On the eve of their wedding, Margot sends Paul to Marseille to sort out a little problem.

0520080705 BT=0830 (BBC7)
20080705 BT=1930 (BBC7)

On the eve of their wedding, Margot sends Paul to Marseille to sort out a little problem for her.

With Alistair Mcgowan.

052004073020050318

Paul Pennyfeather is invited to Margot Beaste-Chetwynde's new country seat in Hampshire and meets the architect.

06A Trip To Marseilles2004080620050325

Paul Pennyfeather is now engaged to Margot Beste-Chetwynde and they announce the date of their wedding.

06 LAST20100525 (BBC7)

As he languishes in jail, is there a happy ending in store for Paul Pennyfeather? Stars Alistair Mcgowan and Andrew Sachs.

As he languishes in jail, is there a happy ending in store for Paul Pennyfeather?

06 LAST20080712 BT=0830 (BBC7)
20080712 BT=1930 (BBC7)

Is there a happy ending in store for our hero, currently languishing in prison? Alistair Mcgowan stars in Evelyn Waugh's comedy.

07The Trial2004081320050401

Paul Pennyfeather faces a trial for White Slavery and is sentenced to seven years in the clink.

08 LASTThe Passing Of Paul Pennyfeather2004082020050408

Paul is moved to Egdon Heath prison where he receives a visit from Margot Beste-Chetwynde.

Paul Pennyfeather is serving his time in jail, but at last there is some prospect of a release.

01Decline And Fall: Diaries 2005-2010

Dismissed from government, Mullin contemplates a future among the political foothills.

01Decline And Fall: Diaries 2005-2010

Dismissed from government, Mullin contemplates a future among the political foothills.