These Are The Times

A Life of Thomas Paine, by Trevor Griffiths.

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SD01Common Sense2008072620120818

The first part of Trevor Griffiths' two-part life of Thomas Paine, These are the Times.

Part 1, 'Common Sense', starts with Paine's arrival in America in 1774, a penniless immigrant from England. He finds himself in the middle of the ferment of the struggle for American Independence and sets about writing for the cause with such passion and brilliance that General Washington has his words read out to the soldiers before a crucial battle. But he makes enemies as well as friends in high places.

Music by John Tams

Directed by Clive Brill

Produced by Ann Scott

A Greenpoint production in association with Richard Attenborough for BBC Radio 4.

Penniless, Paine arrives in America as the struggle for independence is beginning.

SD02 LASTAge Of Reason2008080220120825

The second and final part of Trevor Griffiths' two-part life of Thomas Paine, These are the Times.

In Part 2, Age of Reason, Paine is again embroiled in a revolutionary situation. This time it's in France, where the struggle and outcome are totally different from his American experience.

All his high hopes for change, and his work for a new Constitution and the rule of Law are swept away by the Terror. He is attacked as a dangerous influence in England, imprisoned in France and makes it back to America - but to an unexpected reception.

Music by John Tams

Director: Clive Brill

Producer: Ann Scott

A Greenpoint production in association with Richard Attenborough for BBC Radio 4.

Paine is again embroiled in revolution, this time in France.

SP01Common Sense2008072620120818

Penniless, Paine arrives in America as the struggle for independence is beginning.

His ideas and his writings take him straight to the heart of events and his words are read out to Washington's army.

The first part of Trevor Griffiths' two-part life of Thomas Paine, These are the Times.

Part 1, 'Common Sense', starts with Paine's arrival in America in 1774, a penniless immigrant from England. He finds himself in the middle of the ferment of the struggle for American Independence and sets about writing for the cause with such passion and brilliance that General Washington has his words read out to the soldiers before a crucial battle. But he makes enemies as well as friends in high places.

Music by John Tams

Directed by Clive Brill

Produced by Ann Scott

A Greenpoint production in association with Richard Attenborough for BBC Radio 4.

SP02 LASTAge Of Reason2008080220120825

Paine is again embroiled in revolution, this time in France.

During the Reign of Terror, his best efforts for the new Republic result in his imprisonment, and American help is a long time coming.

The second and final part of Trevor Griffiths' two-part life of Thomas Paine, These are the Times.

In Part 2, Age of Reason, Paine is again embroiled in a revolutionary situation. This time it's in France, where the struggle and outcome are totally different from his American experience.

All his high hopes for change, and his work for a new Constitution and the rule of Law are swept away by the Terror. He is attacked as a dangerous influence in England, imprisoned in France and makes it back to America - but to an unexpected reception.

Music by John Tams

Director: Clive Brill

Producer: Ann Scott

A Greenpoint production in association with Richard Attenborough for BBC Radio 4.