James Wood to adapt Decline and Fall

Decline and Fall is a novel by Evelyn Waugh, which is being adapted for BBC Two by James Wood. This is the first time Decline and Fall is being adapted for television. Wood’s previous works include Rev, which Wood created. Decline and Fall follows 1920s Oxford University divinity student Paul Pennyfeather, who’s dismissed for indecent exposure following a prank by The Bollinger Club. Pennyfeather then finds employment at the obscure Welsh public school Llanabba, where he starts working with Grimes. One of the Llanabba students’ mother is Margo Beste-Chetwynde, from South America, who meets Pennyfeather. Falling-in-love with her, Pennyfeather volunteers to tutor Beste-Chetwynde’s son over the holidays, but can’t predict the consequences. Star Jack Whitehall said

I am extremely pleased to be a part of this amazing adaptation by James Wood.

BBC Comedy Commissioning Controller Shane Allen said

James has done a terrific job of getting to the core of it, and the writing has attracted a fantastic cast.

Peter McKenna to write Red Rock

Peter McKenna, who’s written for CasualtyEastEnders, The Musketeers and Fair City is working on a new series about a community told through the eyes of its law enforcement: Red Rock, for BBC Daytime. Red Rock is set in the eponymous harbour town in Dublin, beginning at dawn, when a body is found in the harbour, re-igniting a crime family feud, as chronicled by the investigations of Garda’s police station. It’s the Hennessys, the traditional mafia business, versus the Keilys, professional petty criminals. Two ends of the crime spectrum fighting amongst themselves, with the local police right in the middle of it. BBC Daytime Controller Dan McGolpin says:

Daytime viewers are in for a treat with Red Rock. It’s a compelling new police drama set in Ireland with plenty of twists and turns.

The characters of Red Rock are Superintendent James McKay, Detective Sergeant Nicky Grogan, Sergeant Angela Tyrell, Sergeant Brian McGonigle, Officer Sharon Cleere, Officer Paudge Brennan, Officer Adrijan Kosos and Officer Sean Holden.

As a daytime series, Red Rock is expected to air 14:15 – 15:00 week-daily, and has been commissioned for 45 episodes, covering 9 weeks.

Star Trek Beyond trailer #3

Paramount Pictures have released the third trailer to Star Trek Beyond:

The trailer features the song Sledgehammer by Rihanna, which was released on iTunes coinciding with the release of this trailer. Star Trek Beyond is the first film featuring Anton Yelchin (who portrays Ens. Pavel Chekov) to be released after his death earlier this month. Star Trek Beyond is written by Simon Pegg and Doug JungStar Trek Beyond is released 22nd July.