Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

Waugh of Attrition

Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

Waugh of Attrition

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THERE are no more sightings of Jack Whitehall's naked bottom in the final instalment of this Evelyn Waugh adaptation.

Which is arguably a shame, as the 1920s set comedy slightly runs out of steam.

Valiantly taking the fall for the murky deeds of his beautiful yet self-centred fiancee Margot (Eva Longoria), Paul (Whitehall) finds himself in deep trouble with the law. Just as he's ordering a slap-up feast for his 'bachelor luncheon' (the period equivalent of a stag do, apparently), our hapless hero is arrested and thrown in the clink with a seven-year sentence.

"Bit different from the Ritz eh?" sneers a prison warden. "We don't like your sort here... you're in for a rough time."

While being detained at Her Majesty's Pleasure, Paul meets many less-than-savoury characters including old faces Holbeck (Stephen Graham) and Grimes (Douglas Hodge) who's in for bigamy. …

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