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To be shown on BBC 2 Television on 9 August, 2014.
Melvyn Bragg’s Radical Lives: Rights of Man – Thomas Paine
Melvyn Bragg tells the remarkable story of Thomas Paine, the 18-century English radical writer who wrote three of the best-selling political essays of all time: Common Sense, Rights of Man and The Age of Reason. His books changed the world and helped shape modern democracy. He lit the fuse for the American Revolution, was an active participant in the French Revolution and laid the foundation for political reform in Britain.
In this film Melvyn travels from Norfolk to Philadelphia, New York to Paris as he follows in the footsteps of one of the great champions of democracy and human rights – Along the way, he explains how the freedoms we all enjoy grew out of 18- century Enlightenment thinking and were given popular voice in the works of Thomas Paine.
The society came into being as a direct consequence of the controversy in Thetford, Paine's birthplace, in 1963 following the offer of a statue of the town’s most famous citizen.
The Society’s objectives are:
“To promote the recognition of Thomas Paine’s contribution to the cause of freedom, and to spread a knowledge of his work and activities with a view to encouraging the growth of a similar spirit of constructive criticism in every aspect of public life”
Jack Shepherds' play In Lambeth on at Southwark Playhouse 10th of July to the 2nd August.
“Before there is Revolution there must be Revelation”
“Under God the American people owe their liberty to Thomas Paine more than any other man.” George Washington
The producers of a new production of Jack Shepherds' play IN LAMBETH have offered us a great ticket offer if booked in advance online or by phone. When booking quote "Society" and you will receive a 33% reduction.Please use this link to read about this production and book tickets