First picture of Jack Whitehall in Decline and Fall released
The first image of Jack Whitehall in-character as Paul Pennyfeather has been released.
Whitehall, best known for his standup comedy as well as acting performances on Fresh Meat and Bad Education, will play the hapless protagonist Pennyfeather in the new BBC Comedy adaptation of Evelyn Waugh’s classic Decline and Fall.
Speaking about his casting, Whitehall said: “I am extremely pleased to be a part of this amazing adaptation by James Wood. 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 is a satirical comedy about an expelled Oxford student who is forced to take a teaching job in Wales. Waugh’s original novel is based largely on Waugh’s own experiences both at Oxford and as a teacher in Wales and is often praised for humour relating to cultural confusion.
Eva Longoria will star alongside Whitehall as Margot Beste-Chetwynde, the wealthy mother of one of Pennyfeather’s pupils. David Suchet (Agatha Christie’s Poirot), Douglas Hodge (The Night Manager), Stephen Graham (Philbrick), Vincent Franklin (Prendergast) and Jason Watkins (Lucas-Dockery) will also appear.
Rev writer James Wood has adapted the series for television.