The BEST Episodes of Decline and Fall

Every episode ever - ranked by fan votes!

Last Updated: Sep 19, 2021

Network: BBC One

The series sees Paul Pennyfeather 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.

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Episode 3

#1 - Episode 3

Season 1 - Episode 3 - Aired Apr 14, 2017

Valiantly taking the fall for the murky deeds of Margot, Paul Pennyfeather finds himself in deep trouble with the law. Will Paul be able to escape imprisonment, and will Margot wait for him if he doesn't ?

star 8.46
125 votes
Episode 2

#2 - Episode 2

Season 1 - Episode 2 - Aired Apr 7, 2017

Paul Pennyfeather finds himself tutoring the son of Margot Beste-Chetwynde over the school summer holidays. As he tries to act natural among the higher echelons of 1920s society crowding Margot's elegant home, Paul wonders whether the feelings he fosters for the wealthy and alluring widow are returned.

star 8.15
142 votes
Episode 1

#3 - Episode 1

Season 1 - Episode 1 - Aired Mar 31, 2017

When Paul Pennyfeather is unfairly expelled from Oxford University, he finds his only option is to go and teach at a substandard boarding school in rural Wales. There he meets a colourful cast of characters, including the alluring Margot Beste-Chetwynde, a wealthy widow with designs on the naeve Paul.

star 7.95
179 votes
Directors: Guillem Morales
Writers: Evelyn Waugh