Trevor Griffiths

Born: 4 April 1935, Manchester, Lancs.


“I knew from very early on that I wanted to work in television. Television seemed then and still seems a massively powerful means of intervening in society.”
Trevor Griffiths

Despite his great success in the theatre (Occupations, Comedians, The Party), Trevor Griffiths has always been a passionate advocate of the television play – ‘I simply cannot understand socialist playwrights who do not devote most of their time to television... if for every Sweeney that went out, a Bill Brand went out, there would be a real struggle for the popular imagination’.

From his famous series Bill Brand to single plays such as All Good Men and Country – fine examples of his work written specifically for television – Griffiths displays a unique ability to dramatise complex political ideologies, brought vividly to life through powerful dialogue and an intuitive feel for character. The political is rendered personal in wholly dramatic terms, and perhaps it is for this reason that Warren Beatty chose Griffiths to write the screenplay for his film Reds (1982).

Highlighted works

  • Food for Ravens

    An award-winning and tender eulogy to Aneurin Bevan, the founder of the NHS.

  • All Good Men

    A Marxist son challenges his Labour politician father over his acceptance of a peerage.

  • Hope in the Year Two

    A hero of the French Revolution lives his final hours in jail... But is it the real Georges Danton or a decoy?

  • Oi for England

    Trevor Griffiths wrote this play in response to the riots of the early 1980s and a worrying rise in neo-Nazism

  • Absolute Beginners

    Writer Trevor Griffiths’ contribution to a drama series that documented the decline of the great European dynasties.

  • Through the Night

    Written by Trevor Griffiths, this is one of the first plays to have put the experience of having cancer on screen.

  • Country

    A commanding and incisive analysis of class power, directed by Richard Eyre.


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