God’s Revolution

Ep 1/12

Monday 25 March



This 12-part series about the English Civil War was written by the late Don Taylor and was first broadcast on BBC Radio 4 25 years ago in 1988. The cast includes Graham Blockley (Robert Snell in The Archers), Nigel Anthony, Maureen O’Brien and Bernard Hepton as Cromwell.

Don Taylor was interviewed at the time and said the"‘task I set myself here was to try to be meticulously accurate; to find out what happened, in great detail, from day to day, because with all political subjects, what is interesting is what goes on from day to day - how the balance of power changes between people.” He was praised for his ability to bring together private worlds and public events and the play was thought to give an insight into freedom of speech. As one of the characters states, "we are living in one of the greatest ages of the world."

Don Taylor died in 2003 after a distinguished career as a playwright, translator and television director. His translation of Iphigenia at Aulis was produced at the National Theatre shortly after his death.

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