Several internet sites that track TV streaming services have noted Acorn TV’s offering of the BBC adaptation of Decline and Fall. This will begin on May 15. The most interesting is a review on the website TV Equals by P T Jackson. Her article is entitled “Four Reasons You Need to Watch Acorn TV’s Decline and Fall” and she provides interesting background information for each reason.
The Guardian also mentions Waugh in connection with an article on a new book about spying. This is M: Maxwell Knight, MI5’s Greatest Spymaster, by Henry Hemming. One of the spies newly revealed in the book is Graham Pollard. He is said to have known Evelyn Waugh at Oxford in a rather bizarre connection:
Though Pollard was close to the heart of the British Communist party, he made an unlikely spy, let alone communist luminary. At Oxford, he distinguished himself with his book collection and by beating Evelyn Waugh to a “half blue” in spitting (at a distance of 10 feet).
In an article by George Neumayr in the American Spectator about Pope Francis’s affinity for left-wing politicians, there is a rather speculative reference to Waugh:
Were the 20th-century English Catholic satirist Evelyn Waugh alive today, he would find the radical left-wing political flirtations of Pope Francis too bitterly farcical even for fiction. Could a satirist like Waugh have imagined a pope happily receiving from a Latin American despot the “gift” of a crucifix shaped in the form of a Marxist hammer and sickle? That surreal scene happened during Pope Francis’s visit to Bolivia in July 2015.