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Decline and Fall

Jack Whitehall in Decline and Fall

Watch it on BBC ONE

Tiger Aspect Drama, Cavebear Productions and BBC One have adapted Decline And Fall, Evelyn Waugh’s hugely popular novel especially for television.

Starring Jack Whitehall (Bad Education, Fresh Meat), Eva Longoria (Desperate Housewives), David Suchet (Agatha Christie’s Poirot), Douglas Hodge (The Night Manager), Stephen Graham (The Secret Agent, This Is England), Vincent Franklin (The Thick Of It), Gemma Whelan (Game of Thrones, The Moorside) and Jason Watkins (Taboo, W1A), Decline and Fall will air on BBC One in Spring 2017.

Jack Whitehall and David Suchet in Decline and Fall

The mini-series marks the first televisual adaptation of Evelyn Waugh's Decline And Fall, one of the greatest comic novels of all time, and is written by James Wood (Rev). Decline And Fall sees Paul Pennyfeather (Jack Whitehall) 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.

David Suchet plays Dr. Fagan, the headmaster of Llanabba, an obscure public school in Wales where Paul first finds employment and works with fellow teacher Grimes (Douglas Hodge).

Eva Longoria

It is at the school that he meets a beautiful South American woman, the Honourable Mrs Margot Beste-Chetwynde, played by Eva Longoria, 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.

Jack Whitehall talks about his role as Paul Pennyfeather

Jack Whitehall as Paul Pennyfeather

Could you introduce yourself and tell us a bit about your character?

"I play Paul Pennyfeather, who is the character at the centre of this mad world. He is expelled from University at the beginning of the story and ends up becoming a teacher, marrying a rich heiress and then goes to prison."

What drew you to this production?

"I actually read the book when I was much younger and was a fan of it already, so I was aware of it when the project arrived and was very excited that I'd been asked to be part of it.

"It's my dad's favourite book, I think because it has similarities to his life, not the prison bit, the teaching in a tiny mad little public school, which is what he did when he left school. There's quite a lot of pressure for me to not mess it up because it is his favourite book."

You and David (Suchet) knew each other already didn’t you?

Jack Whitehall and David Suchet


"Yes, I was David's runner. That was one of my first jobs actually; get him tea and coffee. So now it's quite nice that we're working alongside each other and we're kind of on a level playing field. Although, sometimes I lapse into my old ways and offer him tea and coffee again; he never makes me go and get it for him, which is nice, because I would."

Have you enjoyed working with any other actor or characters?

"I loved doing scenes with Stephen Graham, he is very scary and I think revels in how terrifying he can be. He's a very physical performer; he liked punching me and slapping me and didn’t ever tell me that he was going to do it in the scene.

"My fear in the scenes with Philbrick is very real and Stephen deliberately, I think, made a decision to make sure that I was very unnerved in scenes with him."

Did you have to update the character’s behaviour for a modern audience?

Jack Whitehall in Decline and Fall

"Yes, we tried to update the behaviours of our characters I think a little bit, and make sure that it was as accessible as it could be, especially with things like speech patterns, and you don't want to start doing some weird voice just because it's period.

"I had to change various things, physically, to make him period, which was quite distressing, including revealing my little baby face."

It's quite an unusual story, with Pennyfeather being what you might call a passive hero, reacting to events rather than pushing things forward himself. Was that a particular challenge in any way, or a blessing?

"Paul is quite a reactive character, and sometimes he's quite passive, but I think it's important that he's a little bit more naturalistic and all the people around him are monsters. He has to be the anchor for the audience for all the madness."

You mentioned all the monsters around him, what do you think of his morality and his attitude towards these people? Does this change him through the course of the story?

"I think at the beginning Paul's quite a naïve character, and he meets all these people and he's kind of seduced by them and doesn't necessarily realise how monstrous they are. As the story progresses he becomes a bit more mature and a little bit more aware and, by the end of it, I think he's a much better judge of character, and a lot more wary of people."

He ends up in the same position that he started. What message do you think that sends in the story?

"He does end up in the same place, but I think it's important to show that he's a character that has developed. Even though he's back where he started, he's a completely different person, and that's really exciting, to be playing a character that does go on a journey and matures and develops and grows up."

James Wood’s adaptation has stayed quite true to the original text, where sometimes you need to speed up a text for TV. Was it seamless?

Jack Whitehall with Eva Longoria and David Suchet


"The story zips along, and Paul wanders around from world to world, and I think that really helps for a modern TV adaptation. A lot of the dialogue is very cutting, very biting, and the humour is quite modern, so that really helps.

"It's a satire and a lot of the subjects that it is satirising are still very relevant today. It opens with the Bollinger Club, who I think are very much part of the public consciousness now. Everything from public school system, the church, the prison system and things like that, they all get mentioned and they all still seem like relevant targets.

"It's kind of depressing how satire in 1928 is still very relevant and pertinent today, I think that says quite a lot about our country and how little has changed."

Decline and Fall

Decline And Fall was commissioned by Charlotte Moore and Shane Allen, along with former BBC Comedy commissioning editor Chris Sussman. It is executive produced by Ben Cavey (for Cavebear Productions), Will Gould (for Tiger Aspect Drama), Frith Tiplady (for Tiger Aspect Drama) and James Wood. The Director is Guillem Morales (Julia’s Eyes, Inside No 9). The production marks 50 years since Waugh’s death.
 

Entertainment & Travel

Sixtyplusurfers Competition

Win a
Two Night Stay in
a Luxury Lodge at Coast View, Shaldon with South West Holiday Parks


Win a two-night stay in a top of the range luxury lodge at Coast View, Shaldon in Devon

Sixtyplusurfers has teamed up with South West Holiday Parks to offer one lucky reader, and a guest, the chance to win a two-night stay in a top of the range, luxury lodge at Coast View, Shaldon in Devon.

In addition to Coast View, the family run business also has parks in Cornwall; Juliots Well and Seaview International. Set in rolling countryside and close to sandy beaches, these popular sites not only have lodges and static caravans, but also superb touring, camping and seasonal touring pitches, making them more attractive than ever.

All three sites boast excellent facilities and services, as well as a choice of outstanding accommodation options. From spacious luxury lodges to traditional static caravans and touring pitches, there is something for everyone and every budget. As well as holidays, South West Holiday Parks also offer fantastic holiday home ownership opportunities, with lodge and static caravan ownership now becoming more popular than traditional bricks & mortar as second home purchases.

Coast View is the company’s flagship 5* park and following vast investment over the past two years, the team were delighted to recently win a clutch of top industry awards.

Nestled just above the picturesque fishing village of Shaldon, it comes with spectacular views of the Jurassic Coast and is the perfect location for peace and quiet and a surprising amount of privacy.

Park Facilities

The luxurious indoor swimming pool at Coast View, Shaldon

Coast View offers first class facilities for the whole family to enjoy and the new, luxurious indoor swimming pool, which is open seven days a week, is set to be very popular in 2017.

At the heart of the park is ODE&Co Bar and Restaurant. Run by the award-winning local chef/restaurateur, Tim Bouget, this is a real culinary experience and one that is proving to be a big hit with guests and locals alike. A modern, casual dining experience offering organic, sour dough pizzas, cooked in a traditional wood-fired oven, with specially created toppings are top of the menu. Fresh-baked breads, artisan coffees, as well as full lunch and dinner menus that feature fresh pasta, salads, grills and seafood are all available.

ODE&Co Bar and Restaurant

With a well-stocked bar, serving local craft ales, a fine selection of wine, cocktails and soft drinks, the whole family can enjoy time out on the stunning roof terrace deck, catching up and regrouping whilst taking-in the spectacular views.

Local Area

Teignmouth

Just across the road is a fabulous approach golf course and, in addition, Coast View has an exclusive deal with nearby Teignmouth Golf Club whereby holiday home owners benefit from free use the 18 hole course!

Beautiful beaches are just 10 minutes walk away, with views like you have never seen before, attractions for all the family within 20 minutes, or the solitude of the moors within 30 minutes. Take your pick!

Owners

South West Holiday Parks

More and more owners are joining South West Holiday Parks, and it is easy to see why. As well as being set in amazing locations, owners enjoy a 12-month holiday season so they can get away from it all whenever they like, as often as they like.

Finance Deals

South West Holiday Parks offers competitive rate hire purchase, property part exchange, equity release (lifetime mortgages) and assisted move options to make purchasing your dream holiday home as simple as possible. They can even offer incredible 0% APR finance deals on selected new lodges! Finance is subject to status and terms and conditions apply but more and more people like you are taking advantage of low deposits, low rates and flexible terms.

Whether you want to get away from it all and relax, or are looking for an active break with the family, South West Holiday Parks looks forwarding to welcoming you to a special holiday where memories are made and moments are treasured.

For information about South West Holiday Parks visit www.southwestholidayparks.co.uk

   For Your Chance to Win

Tell us where is the resort at Coast View, Shaldon located?

      a) Wales
      b) Devon
      c) Brighton
      d) Hastings

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   Competition Terms & Conditions

Win a Two Night Stay in a Luxury Lodge at Coast View, Shaldon

1.
The prize is a Two Night Stay in a Luxury Lodge at Coast View, Shaldon for one lucky reader and a guest. There is no cash alternative.

2. By entering this competition, you agree to receive further information from and to being contacted by South West Holiday Parks.

3. One lucky reader with the correct answer will win the holiday.

4. Entrants must be aged 18 or over.

5. The competition is open to our UK visitors only.

6. We do not accept automated entries.

7. The competition closes on 30th April 2017.

8. Accommodation is subject to availability and the holiday must be taken and completed before 29th October 2017.
 

 250 Years of Terry's
  Exhibition in York


Visit the 250 Years of Terry's Exhibition in York


York's Chocolate Story is pleased to announce the launch of their new exhibition for 2017 which will celebrate the 250th anniversary one of York's most important companies - Terry's!

Terry's of York was established in the city in 1767 by partners Bayldon and Berry who opened a shop in the city selling lozenges, comfits and other simple confectionery before being joined in the 19th century by unlikely apothecary, Joseph Terry.

Luckily, experience in sugaring pastilles and pills meant that Mr Terry adapted easily to a career in confectionery and his scientific background made him a pioneer of new products and a precise attitude to quality.

Which was your favourite Terry's chocolate?

It was this quality and innovation which made the company famous. By the 20th century Terry's had introduced the world to the boxed chocolate assortment as well as one of the world's most iconic confectionery, The Terry's Chocolate Orange!

250 Years of Terry's opens at York's Chocolate Story and will showcase a selection of the most interesting of the Terry's products from opium based throat sweets to some of the most beautiful and decadent chocolate boxes in history.

A selection of old favourites such as Neapolitan, Spartan and Waifa will be on display as well as some curiosities like the poison cards contained in early Terry's confectionery warning of sensational ingredients such as Mercury and Belladonna (Opium)!

Some of the women who worked at Terry's

Jenni Shepherd, exhibition coordinator says, "It has been such a joy putting together the exhibition. As well as collecting wonderful objects I have also had the opportunity to talk to so many people who worked at Terry's.

"The company has a fascinating history, from chemists to confectioners, but the stories from the factories themselves and the pride of the people who worked there is what makes the company so interesting. These unique tales and memories are what ensures that Terry's will always have a legacy in the city of York."

The exhibition will also explore the social impact on the city. Terry's has inspired Lord Mayors, horse races and iconic architecture as well as the lives of the tens of thousands of residents who have worked for the company.

250 Years of Terry's will be at York's Chocolate Story until 31st December 2017.

For more information visit the website at www.yorkschocolatestory.com

 

New Look for Brunello
   Bar & Restaurant at
 Baglioni
Hotel, London


Baglioni Hotel, London


Overlooking Kensington Gardens, Brunello Bar & Restaurant has recently reopened with a stylish new look and a new Italian chef. Chef Alberto Rossetti has a love for pasta and risotto and was mostly inspired by his mother while growing up in Parma, a region renowned for its excellent cuisine. He believes that simple dishes can be sophisticated and refined using the right ingredients, attention to detail and passion.

The new informal lunch menu will incorporate many classic Italian dishes alongside a fine dining menu in the evening offering more contemporary interpretations. His signature dishes include risotto with lobster, courgette and lime, the pumpkin velouté with crunchy prawns in orange oil, tuna steak with sesame seeds and peppers and a crème brûlée topped with Sicilian pistachios.

New for spring and summer, Chef Rossetti has created a delicious Italian picnic box to take across to Kensington Gardens. A new aperitivo menu has also been launched in time for the opening of the hotel's outdoor terrace, in a prime location overlooking the park.

Priced at £40 for two people, the new Baglioni Picnic Box contains Italian bites such as Piadina with Parma ham, mozzarella and scamorza cheese, Rosemary and potato focaccia, Frangipane cake with berry jam and Bottled water.

For £85 for two people the picnic box can be upgraded to include a bottle of Ferrari Trento sparkling wine.

Baglioni Hotel, London

In addition, the newly-redesigned Brunello Bar & Restaurant is offering complimentary Italian tasters with every early evening alcoholic drink, including Chef Rossetti's signature risotto, arancini, bruschetta, olives and chunks of Parmesan.

Baglioni Hotel London boasts more suites than rooms and Junior Suites are available from £450 per night, based on two adults sharing on B&B basis.

For further information and reservations, visit www.baglionihotels.com
 

Or telephone 020 7368 5700.
 

Enjoy a Floral Easter
   at Buddock Vean


Buddock Vean


A spectacular array of Cornish blooms is poised to burst open at one of the UK's finest country house hotels, making the Budock Vean near Falmouth a perfect Spring-board to an Easter break among the world-famous ravine gardens of the Helford River.

Magnolias and camellias, azaleas and rhododendron all thrive in the 65-acre Budock Vean estate as well as the neighbouring gardens of Trebah and Glendurgan - where members of the Fox family introduced exotic plants from across the globe into their own valley micro-climates two centuries ago.

Guests of the luxury, family run hotel are surrounded by their own seasonal blaze of colour across the organically managed sub-tropical gardens - living proof that valleys, lawns, orchards and even golf courses don't need endless pesticides to look their stunning best.

The gardens at Buddock Vean

“Springtime in general and Easter in particular is a wonderful time to be here on the banks of the Helford River,” says the Budock Vean's Martin Barlow. “The colours are so fresh and vibrant after the long winter and it's great to find some milder weather and get out and about in this Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.”

Budock Vean guests have a special discount at both Trebah and Glendurgan gardens – and among the more quirky local Easter traditions which guests are welcome to join in is the hand-picking of shellfish from the Helford riverbed on Good Friday – known locally as “trigging”.

At the Budock Vean itself the three-night Easter stay, from Friday 14th to Monday 17th April, includes a children's Easter egg hunt, a golf competition and team quiz, a local guided walk and lessons in scone making with the kitchen team. Four course dinners, full Cornish breakfasts and afternoon tea and cakes are also included in prices which start at £345 per person for the three nights or £417 per person in a Signature Room.

Guests have full use of all the hotel's leisure facilities including the large pool, outdoor hot tub, tennis courts, and golf course – and there are ultimate wind-downs to be found among the luxury treatments offered by the Natural Health Spa team.

For more on Easter and other breaks at the Budock Vean on the Helford River, near Falmouth, Cornwall see www.budockvean.co.uk/offers

Or telephone: 1326 250288.
 

 Champagne Tasting
Package at
Fishmore
      Hall in Ludlow


Enjoy the Champagne tasting package at Fishmore Hall in Ludlow


For those seeking extra indulgence, luxury boutique hotel Fishmore Hall in Ludlow, Shropshire, is offering a champagne tasting package from just £495 for two nights B&B. Guests will arrive to find champagne in their room and will enjoy champagne with each course during dinner, as well as Mimosas at breakfast and a fizzy afternoon tea. In addition, guests will be treated to a glass of Laurent Perrier Rosé before dinner.

Dinner will be created by Andrew Birch, head chef at the hotel's 3AA Rosette restaurant, Forelles, who places strong emphasis on sourcing the best tasting produce from across the country.

For guests wanting to treat themselves to a spot of pampering, Fishmore Hall's new spa offers a range of treatments by ELEMIS, including a number of signature facials and massages. The spa boasts four treatment rooms, a steam room and sauna, as well as an outdoor Cedar wellness hot tub, providing ample space to relax and unwind.

Fishmore Hall is located just a short walk away from the historic market town of Ludlow, which is home to a number of independent delis and independent retailers, as well as an award-winning market.

The package includes two nights B&B and prices range from £495 for a standard room to £655 for a luxury room.

To book visit www.fishmorehall.com
 

Or call 01584 875148.