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)
Bernie Searle ...
 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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A vivid adaptation
16 November 1999 | by (Australia) – See all my reviews

A vivid adaptation of John Wyndham's classic novel. Nearly everyone in the world has been blinded, and humanity is at the mercy of the triffids, a genetically engineered breed of carniverous plants. The last time this was shown on television was back in 1987, when I was in Grade 6. I taped each episode and watched the serial so many times I knew the script off by heart. Regrettably, it was taped over a few years ago. I enjoyed the programme so much I read the novel, which I still have (in fact I have two copies), and I've also collected John Wyndham's other books. "The Day of the Triffids" was the first story that got me thinking about the end of civilisation. For once television can't be blamed as a medium that stops people reading.


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