The Day of the Triffids (1981)

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When a comet blinds nearly everyone in the world, a genetically-engineered species of plant takes over.

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John Duttine ...
 Bill (6 episodes, 1981)
Emma Relph ...
 Jo (4 episodes, 1981)
Maurice Colbourne ...
 Coker (4 episodes, 1981)
Jonathan Newth ...
 Dr Soames (2 episodes, 1981)
Gary Olsen ...
 Red-Haired Man / ... (2 episodes, 1981)
Perlita Neilson ...
 Miss Durrant (2 episodes, 1981)
Jenny Lipman ...
 Mary (2 episodes, 1981)
Desmond Adams ...
 Dennis (2 episodes, 1981)
Elizabeth Chambers ...
 Car Attacker (2 episodes, 1981)
Morris Barry ...
 Car Attacker (2 episodes, 1981)
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 Car Attacker (2 episodes, 1981)
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A terrible catastrophe has struck the population of Earth. Almost everyone on the planet has been rendered blind by the arrival of a bright comet and its debris lighting up the darkened skies, but the brightness has caused permanent eye damage. Bill Masen, who was unable to watch the spectacular but deadly free firework display, finds himself in a nightmarish world where he believes himself to be the only sighted person left. But soon he finds a soul-mate, Jo Pleyton, who can also see. As the days progress, they find more and more sighted people and together they make plans to build a future. But there is a problem. A walking, carnivorous plant called a "Triffid," which up until now was kept safely in paddocks and zoos, has broken free and has discovered a taste for rotting, human flesh. The remaining blind are helpless and many fall prey to the Triffids' lethal whipping sting, but can the sighted keep this fearful plant at bay? Written by Rhino <rhino@blueyonder.co.uk>

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Flesh-eating plants go on the rampage.


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Each 8-foot-tall triffid prop concealed an operator on a go-kart seat in a fan-cooled, 5-foot diameter base. The base was modelled on a ginseng root. Two of the props were later used in a carnivorous plant display at the Natural History Museum in London, England. See more »

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When Jack Coker flies off in the helicopter he is supposedly alone, but you can see a pilot flying the helicopter. See more »

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Excellent adaptation of the original novel
10 July 2002 | by (Owensboro, KY) – See all my reviews



Imagine my surprise one day in 1990 when I turned on Arts & Entertainment Network expecting to see the 1963 movie "The Day Of The Triffids." Rather surprised it would turn up on A&E, I still was thankful for the bit of luck. Never would I have guessed it wasn't "The Day Of The Triffids" I knew.

While I still like the generic monster movie version, this apparently made for TV adaptation is much more faithful to the novel. The movie is forced to sacrifice a lot of the human commentary in exchange for a resolved ending. This TV version keeps the focus on the character interaction, and, through their reaction, commentary on society. As with so many British TV shows, "Day Of The Triffids'" few faults are monetary.

Near as I can tell, in the United States, there were very few chances to see this production, which is a real shame. As, also, I have yet to hear of it ever being released on home video formats. A&E seemed to be the only outlet. And, I only know of 3 times it aired. Once in 1990, and twice again in 1991, which was when I taped it, and, I'm glad as I did, as I've yet to see it air anymore. However, A&E's broadcast quality was terrible at that time, notoriously dropping out signal. Plus, A&E always ran it over the course of 2 separate days, never advertising when the next part would be broadcast, and, the next part wasn't always in a logical fashion. One time, they showed it over two consecutive weekdays, once over a Saturday and Sunday weekend, and once Part 1 one Saturday and Part 2 the next Saturday. So, some company needs to release this rare gem, hopefully on DVD.


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