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Eva Longoria, David Suchet to star in BBC miniseries 'Decline and Fall'

By Karen Butler
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Eva Longoria, David Suchet to star in BBC miniseries 'Decline and Fall'
Eva Longoria arrives on the red carpet before the screening of the film "Money Monster" at the opening of the 69th annual Cannes International Film Festival in Cannes, France on May 12, 2016. Photo by David Silpa/UPI | License Photo

LONDON, June 12 (UPI) -- Eva Longoria, David Suchet, Douglas Hodge and Jack Whitehall are to star in the first television adaptation of Evelyn Waugh's 1920s-set, comic novel Decline and Fall, the BBC announced Sunday.

Penned by James Wood, the three-part series is to debut later this year.

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"I am extremely pleased to be a part of this amazing adaptation by James Wood. 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," Whitehall said in a statement.

Shane Allen, controller of BBC Comedy Commissioning, added: "One of the greatest comic novels of all time, this satirical masterpiece is long overdue a television debut. Waugh deploys comedy and tragedy to point up prevailing institutional corruption and the dehumanizing consequences of elitism, very timely and apposite for today. James has done a terrific job of getting to the core of it, and the writing has attracted a fantastic cast."

The production will mark 50 years since Waugh's death.

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