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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Still remains excellent.
13 May 2005 | by (Annalong, N. Ireland) – See all my reviews

I'd wanted to see this BBC version of DOTT ever since I read about it in a sci-fi magazine. I first saw it on TV a few years ago. I recently bought the DVD and the series remains as great as ever. The three main performances of John Duttine, Maurice Colbourne and Emma Relph are very good and they are helped by a great supporting cast. Thwe Triffids themselves do look a bit plastic but they were realised brilliantly. The music by Christopher Gunning compliments the story very well.

The Triffids themselves are meant to be a secondary threat as the main problem is the breakdown of society as most of the populace is rendered blind. The hysteria is shown in full detail and the writer adds a nice conspiracy theory in the final episode. I'm glad that the series is now available on DVD for a new audience to see. Having read bits of the book I can tell that the adaptation is very faithful. I strongly recommend DOTT to sci-fi fans everywhere.


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