Radio Adaptation of Decline & Fall Rebroadcast

BBC Radio 4 Extra will rebroadcast its two-episode adaptation of Waugh’s novel Decline and Fall starting this Thursday. This adaptation by Jeremy Front was first transmitted in 2015, and this is apparently its first rebroadcast. Front has also adapted other Waugh novels for radio, including Sword of Honour, Scoop and Brideshead Revisited. See previous post. The first episode of this repeat will be this Thursday, May 16 at 10am with Episode 2 the next day (Friday, May 17) at the same time. Here’s a link.

In other broadcast news, the Daily Mail has announced some advance program details for the second series of the award-winning BBC comedy/thriller Killing Eve. Part of the story will take place in Oxford, and costume designer Charlotte Mitchell provided these insights of a Waugh connection to the Mail:

Our anti-heroine [Villanelle] is in Oxford for scenes in which a ‘Brideshead Revisited look’ was required. With Villanelle the subversive sort, Mitchell took that to mean she should play one of the male characters in the classic Evelyn Waugh novel. ‘The show said that would be fantastic — Villanelle should look like she’s dressing up to be quintessentially English. So we found a vintage shirt and tie, and put it with a pair of high-end trousers from Raey (the in-house brand of designer fashion retailer Matches).’ With Villanelle’s hair slicked back, a vintage cricket jumper draped over her shoulders completes the look.

The Mail’s story is accompanied by a photo of the character in Oxford costume.

While it’s a podcast, not a broadcast, has posted recordings of talks delivered to the 2017 Evelyn Waugh Conference at the Huntington Library in California. These are available in individual files at this link.

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