TREVOR GRIFFITHS 40 book online at bfi.org.uk TUE 23 MAY 18:15 NFT2 TUE 16 MAY 20:30 NFT2 Hope in the Year Two Screen Two. BBC 1994. Dir Elijah Moshinsky. With Jack Shepherd, Tom Bowles, Sophie Linfield. 70min As Georges Danton, hero of the French Revolution, sits out his final hours in a Paris jail, so afraid are the authorities of his immense popularity that they have installed a decoy in the jail to frustrate any rescue attempts. Now a young guard must decide if this is the real Danton and whether he should risk everything to help him. In the discourse that follows, Griffiths is able to interrogate the heart and soul of the revolution and the shifting dynamic between politics and morality. + Fall of Eagles: Absolute Beginners BBC 1974. Dir Gareth Davies. With Patrick Stewart, Michael Kitchen, Charles Kay. 53min A drama series that documented the decline of the great European dynasties. Griffiths’ contribution was this perfectly judged account of the origins of the Bolshevik/Menshevik split. It is a fine example of what Griffiths calls 'strategic penetration', using popular forms to better understand complex ideological issues. Country Play for Today. BBC 1981. Dir Richard Eyre. With James Fox, Leo McKern, Wendy Hiller, Penelope Wilton. 81min Superbly directed by Richard Eyre, Country is one of Griffiths’ finest achievements. As an upper-class family gathers on the eve of the historic Labour Party victory of 1945, the heir to the family estate realises that society is changing and a new class war is inevitable. Griffiths’ adaptation of The Cherry Orchard had been transmitted the previous week and Chekhov's influence is clear in the political subtleties and nuanced characters. Country remains one of the greatest analyses of class power to grace our screens.
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