This review is discussing Decline and fall, a three episode series based on a novel by Evelyn Waugh, shown on BBC 1.
I was unsure of what to expect, but I thoroughly enjoyed the series. Jack Whitehall is often seen as just a comedian, however he definetly showed us his wider acting skills in this new role.
Mr Paul Pennyfeather was a young man studying Theology at Oxford. He was content until he was expelled for something of his undoing. He seemed to go from place to place and not feel like it was where he wanted to be and on the way, he got pulled in by a seductive women named Margot Beste-Chetwynde (played by Eva Longoria), who under the surface was not as nice as she seemed. I must say that she did a very good job in portraying an upperclass attitude and rich aura. It was clear that Paul was constantly suffering for things that other people had done, and it was slowly getting to him.
I found the script to this very engaging and it had aspects of love, crime, punishment and gore…. practically everything. A quote from the script that really stood out was a bit of advice from Solomon Philbrick (Played by Stephen Graham) who told him that “life is like a ferris wheel. It goes up and down, around and around. Or you could just sit on the grass and watch it go by”. I interpreted quote this as people living their life too fast and not slowing down. Mr Pennyfeather, learned that it is often better to watch by than go on the ride.I was captivated by each episode, each one was better than the last. It had a certain humour which was both serious and enjoyable to watch.
Overall the three episode series exceeded my expectations and I just wish that it is not the end for Jack Whitehall and that they come back for another series. I would like to find out if Paul finally had a clean slate and started again without being pursued for his past.
You have time to view this series on BBC Iplayer, with the first episode expiring in a week. You can watch them all back to back, saving any confusion!
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