This new BBC mini-series marks the first televisual adaptation of Evelyn Waugh’s Decline And Fall, one of the greatest comic novels of all time.

‘Decline And Fall’ sees Paul Pennyfeather as an inoffensive divinity student at Oxford University in the 1920s, who is wrongly dismissed for indecent exposure having been made the victim of a prank by The Bollinger Club.

Forced to go the way of every scholar sent down for indecent behaviour, Pennyfeather finds himself teaching at the failing, dysfunctional Llanabba Castle school. It is at the school that he meets a beautiful South American woman, the Honourable Mrs Margot Beste-Chetwynde, who is the mother of one of the pupils. For Paul, it is love at first sight, but little does he know the surprises that lie ahead of him when he agrees to tutor her son over the summer holidays…

Catch our new artist Tom Stourton as aristocratic oaf Sir Alistair Digby-Vaine-Trumpington and cult favourite Kevin Eldon as Mr Levy on Fridays at 9pm, BBC1.