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Paul's plans to become a priest are shattered when he is expelled from university after falling victim to a prank. Forced to take up a teaching post at a dismal school he is attracted to the mother of one of his pupils.


Guillem Morales


Evelyn Waugh (based upon the novel by), James Wood


Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Tim Pigott-Smith ... Sniggs
Nickolas Grace ... Prostlethwaite
Tom Stourton Tom Stourton ... Alistair Digby-Vaine-Trumpington
Matthew Beard ... Arthur Potts
Jack Whitehall ... Paul Pennyfeather
John Woodvine ... Master of the College
Michael Gould Michael Gould ... Porter Blacknall
Kevin Eldon ... Mr. Levy
Stephen Graham ... Philbrick
Douglas Hodge ... Grimes
Oscar Kennedy ... Peter Beste-Chetwynde
David Suchet ... Dr. Fagan
Katy Wix ... Florence Fagan
Gemma Whelan ... Diane Fagan
Felix Griffin Pain Felix Griffin Pain ... Tangent


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Unfairly sent down from Oxford for indecent exposure after the loutish Bollinger club have stripped him bare serious theology student Paul Pennyfeather ends up as a junior teacher at Dr Fagan's grim school in Wales. Nervous and under-qualified he finds allies in his colleagues, drunken ex-army Grimes, betrothed to Fagan's daughter Flossie, and wig-wearing Prendergast, along with school factotum Philbrook, a convicted criminal who has his own agenda. On the school's sports day Paul allows his only friend in the mischievous fifth form Peter Beste-Chetwynde to win, earning the respect of Peter's glamorous mother Margot, who arrives with her black musician consort Chokey and offers Paul a job with her. Written by don @ minifie-1

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King's Thursday
1 April 2017 | by Prismark10See all my reviews

In 1928 Evelyn Waugh satirised the drunken toffs of Oxford University stripping down a lowly theology student and now he is expelled. The toffs could afford to buy their way out by paying the fines. Jack Whitehall is the naive Paul Pennyfeather finding himself in a pickle after his indecent exposure and sent to teach at a public school in Llanabba, Wales where he meets a bunch of assorted misfits and they are the teachers.

David Suchet is the inadequate headmaster Dr Fagan with two masculine daughters, Douglas Hodge is the drunken, gay wooden legged Grimes who always ends up in the soup, Stephen Graham is the thuggish porter Philbrick, Vincent Franklin is the wig-wearing Prendergast. Despite being inadequately qualified to teach the subjects, Pennyfeather gets down to it with gusto.

He also takes an instant liking to Eva Longoria's Margot Beste- Chetwynde, mother to one of the pupils.

James Woods, the creator of the sitcom Rev has adapted Waugh's novel in a straightforward way but highlighting the absurdities of the characters and their situation. When one of the boy's gets accidentally shot in the foot during sports day we see blood gushing out and Dr Fagan asking for cake to give him.

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