A BBC film crew is setting up in the Kymin Penarth to shoot scenes for a new drama series which will star Eva Longoria – of American hit tv series “Desperate Housewives“.
The new drama series is a three-part version of British novelist Evelyn Waugh’s “Decline and Fall” which is set to be broadcast this autumn to coincide with the 50th anniversary of Waugh’s death .
Eva Longoria is playing the role of rich South American mother in Waugh’s novel called “Margot Beste-Chetwynde”.
Also starring are David Suchet (known as “Hercule Poirot” in the ITV Agatha Christie series) and comedian Jack Whitehall.
It’s the first time “Decline and Fall” has been made into a tv series. Waugh died in 1966 and never saw the film of his novel which was released in 1969 .
His book tells the tale of a student – “Paul Pennyfeather” (Jack Whitehall) – who is wrongly-expelled from Oxford (after a prank carried out on him by a student society similar to the infamous Bullingdon Club) and who takes a teaching job in Wales under headmaster “Dr Fagan” ( to be played by David Suchet) and has a liaison with the mother of one of his pupils Mrs Beste-Chetwynde (Eva Longoria) .
Filming at the Kymin continues until 21:00 this evening and temporary traffic lights have been installed on Beach Road which may be closed from time to time during shooting.