Decline and Fall: Season 1 (2017)


Critic Consensus: Funny, smart, and well-acted across the board, Decline and Fall brings its classic source material's key themes to life while subtly updating the story for modern viewers.


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Air date: May 15, 2017

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Jack Whitehall
as Paul Pennyfeather
Eva Longoria
as Margot Beste-Chetwynde
David Suchet
as Dr Fagan
Douglas Hodge
as Grimes
Vincent Franklin
as Prendergast
Oscar Kennedy
as Peter Beste-Chetwynde
Katy Wix
as Florence Fagan
Gemma Whelan
as Diane Fagan
Jasper Jacob
as Monsieur Galeon
Tom Stourton
as Alistair Digby-Vaine-Trumpington
Nicholas Murchie
as Inspector Bruce
Michael Cochrane
as Prosecution Council
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Critic Reviews for Decline and Fall Season 1

All Critics (11) | Top Critics (3)

Waugh is tricky to get right on screen, but there was barely a bum note in this lovingly crafted hour of elegant, acidulous entertainment. One suspects Mr W would have approved.

May 19, 2017 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

It is a very expensive, beautifully-directed production stuffed with some excellent performances. But I am not sure it works.

Sep 13, 2018 | Full Review…

As a Waugh fan, I was sceptical, but I have to say the cast are doing well so far, and many of the author's lines remain as funny on screen as on the page.

Dec 27, 2017 | Full Review…

It's a hoot and a riot. It's satirical without ever spelling stuff out. And it's been updated with some sly, modern jokes.

Aug 31, 2017 | Rating: 5/5 | Full Review…

Quite superb.

May 19, 2017 | Full Review…

This serial may not have caught the public mood, but there is not a bad performance in it.

Jan 3, 2018 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

Having reskimmed the novel, I'd say that Rev creator James Wood has done an excellent job.

May 19, 2017 | Full Review…
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Director Guillen Morales, working with a screenplay by James Wood, transforms Waugh's nifty saga into a curious mix of humour and caution.

May 16, 2017 | Full Review…

Most pleasant, perhaps, is the sense that there is a kind of order even in a chaotic world, a force that brings these characters together to their benefit, though much might be suffered along the way.

May 15, 2017 | Full Review…

The performances are exquisite, especially those of Whitehall, Suchet, Longoria and Kennedy, with great caricature works offered by Hodge and Stephen Graham.

May 15, 2017 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

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