Decline and Fall (TV series)

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Decline and Fall
GenreComedy drama
Based onDecline and Fall by Evelyn Waugh
Written byJames Wood
Directed byGuillem Morales
Composer(s)Paul Englishby
Country of originUnited Kingdom
Original language(s)English
No. of series1
No. of episodes3
Executive producer(s)
  • Shane Allen
  • Ben Cavey
  • Will Gould
  • Chris Sussman
  • Frith Tiplady
  • James Wood
Producer(s)Matthew Bird
Running time55 minutes
Production company(s)Cave Bear Productions
Tiger Aspect Productions
DistributorEndemol UK
Original networkBBC One
Picture format2:1 1080p
Audio formatStereo
Original release31 March (2017-03-31) –
14 April 2017 (2017-04-14)

Decline and Fall is a three-part British comedy drama series based on the novel of the same name by Evelyn Waugh that first aired from 31 March to 14 April 2017 on BBC One. It was adapted by James Wood and directed by Guillem Morales.



No. Title Directed by Written by Original air date UK viewers
1"Episode 1"Guillem MoralesJames Wood31 March 2017 (2017-03-31)4.49
When Paul Pennyfeather is unfairly expelled from Oxford University, he finds his only option is to go and teach at a substandard boarding school in rural Wales. There he meets a colourful cast of characters, including the alluring Margot Beste-Chetwynde, a wealthy widow with designs on the naive Paul.
2"Episode 2"Guillem MoralesJames Wood7 April 2017 (2017-04-07)Under 3.12
Paul Pennyfeather finds himself tutoring the son of Margot Beste-Chetwynde over the school summer holidays. As he tries to act natural among the higher echelons of 1920s society crowding Margot's elegant home, Paul wonders whether the feelings he fosters for the wealthy and alluring widow are returned.
3"Episode 3"Guillem MoralesJames Wood14 April 2017 (2017-04-14)Under 2.95
Valiantly taking the fall for the murky deeds of 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?


  1. ^ "Weekly Top 30 Programmes". BARB. Retrieved 4 February 2018.

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