Radio Times has published a progress report from BBC’s production of its adaptation of Decline and Fall in Wales. This includes a photo of actor Jack Whitehall made up as Paul Pennyfeather. Whitehall just joined the ongoing production in Wales:
“I am extremely pleased to be a part of this amazing adaptation by [Rev co-writer] James Wood,” Whitehall said. “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”…Filmed in over 70 locations around Wales, much of the action is set in a fictional public school in the Welsh countryside. The production marks 50 years since Waugh’s death.
According to the Radio Times report, the program should air later this year. More details are provided in a story in the Barry Gem, a local paper in South Wales. The filming has begun at Atlantic College, St Donats Castle, Llantwit Major, which is in the background of Whitehall’s photo:
The Welsh Government is providing financial support to Tiger Aspect Drama and Cave Bear Productions who, it is anticipated, will spend around £1.8m in Wales. Decline and Fall has a strong Welsh flavour with the majority of the action set in a fictional public school in the Welsh countryside…Tiger Aspect Drama’s Executive producer, Frith Tiplady added: “We are excited and grateful that the support from the Welsh Government’s Wales Screen Fund has enabled us to film Decline and Fall in Wales. We are going to be filming some stunning Welsh locations and working with first class local crew.”