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.