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

Watch Now

$0.00 with Prime Video

ON DISC

Episodes

Seasons


Years



1  
1981  

Photos

Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

The Day of the Triffids (TV Mini-Series 2009)
Action | Horror | Sci-Fi
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.6/10 X  

Up-to-date setting of the 1962 Sci-fi thriller. With most of the world blinded and the dangerous carnivorous triffids set loose, it falls upon a band of scattered, sighted survivors to fight this plant invasion and the madness following.

Stars: Dougray Scott, Joely Richardson, Eddie Izzard
Horror | Sci-Fi
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.1/10 X  

A shower of meteorites produces a glow that blinds anyone that looks at it. As it was such a beautiful sight, most people were watching, and as a consequence, 99% of the population go blind... See full summary »

Directors: Steve Sekely, Freddie Francis
Stars: Nicole Maurey, Howard Keel, Janette Scott
The Tripods (1984–1985)
Adventure | Drama | Sci-Fi
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  

Sci-fi thriller about the takeover of earth by alien tripods. The conquerers start controlling human minds, but not until after they reach the age of sixteen. Two boys seek to end the ... See full summary »

Stars: John Shackley, Ceri Seel, Jim Baker
Survivors (1975–1977)
Drama | Sci-Fi
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  

When a genetically engineered virus kills ninety-five percent of the world's population, the survivors must rebuild humanity in the face of overwhelming odds. "Survivors" is a study of man ... See full summary »

Stars: Lucy Fleming, Ian McCulloch, Denis Lill
UFO (1970–1973)
Action | Sci-Fi
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  

In the year 1980 the Earth is threatened by an alien race who kidnap and kill humans and use them for body parts. A highly secret military organization is set up in the hope of defending ... See full summary »

Stars: Ed Bishop, Dolores Mantez, Michael Billington
Chocky (TV Series 1984)
Drama | Sci-Fi
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  

The strange friendship between a young boy of Earth and an extraterrestrial from outer space.

Stars: James Hazeldine, Carol Drinkwater, Andrew Ellams
Quatermass and the Pit (TV Mini-Series 1958)
Drama | Sci-Fi | Horror
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.3/10 X  

A team of scientists search for the origin and purpose of a mysterious capsule found on a building site.

Stars: André Morell, Cec Linder, Anthony Bushell
Sapphire & Steel (1979–1982)
Mystery | Sci-Fi | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.3/10 X  

Complex, involved science-fiction series about a special force of interdimensional operatives whose task is to protect the universe from evil forces trying to gain a foothold by disrupting ... See full summary »

Stars: David McCallum, Joanna Lumley, David Collings
Messiah 2: Vengeance Is Mine (TV Mini-Series 2002)
Crime | Drama | Mystery
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  

A man is buried alive, and Metcalfe must delve into a serial killer's psyche.

Stars: Frances Grey, Gillian Taylforth, Emily Joyce
The Sandbaggers (1978–1980)
Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.9/10 X  

The missions of an elite British Intelligence covert operations unit.

Stars: Roy Marsden, Ray Lonnen, Jerome Willis
Sci-Fi
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.1/10 X  

A dying scientist pushes forward his project to tap through to the Earth's magma layer, with results that threaten to destroy the Earth as we know it.

Director: Andrew Marton
Stars: Dana Andrews, Janette Scott, Kieron Moore
Adventure | Fantasy | Sci-Fi

An epic tale of mankind's self-annihilation in the wake of a cosmic event leading to global blindness. His legacy in genetic engineering changed the hierarchy of nature, toppling mankind's place atop the world's food chain.

Director: Mike Newell
Edit

Cast

Series cast summary:
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)
Edit

Storyline

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>

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Taglines:

Flesh-eating plants go on the rampage.


Certificate:

See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

 »
Edit

Details

Country:

Language:

Release Date:

10 September 1981 (UK)  »

Also Known As:

Dan Trifida  »

Company Credits

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

(3 episodes) | (6 episodes)

Sound Mix:

Color:

Aspect Ratio:

4:3
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

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 »

Goofs

At several places in the series, Bill Masen calls out for Emma instead of Jo. Emma Relph was the actress who played Jo Payton. See more »

Connections

Referenced in The 100 Greatest Scary Moments (2003) See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

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.


16 of 19 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
CRYING FOR A REMAKE!! blackman_806
Problem of Daylight/Approach of Meteors charlesblank
Now officially on YouTube fortean2
Things you learned when watching Day of the Triffids Darth_Ferior
BBC 4 last night jbe14
book tilte? hodgerpodger
Discuss The Day of the Triffids (1981) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for:
?