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1
Release Date:
10 September 1981 (Australia) See more »
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Tagline:
Flesh-eating plants go on the rampage.
Plot:
When a comet blinds nearly everyone in the world, a genetically-engineered species of plant takes over. Full summary »
User Reviews:
Still spooky, twenty years on! See more (30 total) »

Cast

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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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Series Directed by
Ken Hannam (6 episodes, 1981)
 
Series Writing credits
Douglas Livingstone (6 episodes, 1981)
John Wyndham (6 episodes, 1981)

Series Produced by
David Maloney .... producer (6 episodes, 1981)
 
Series Original Music by
Christopher Gunning (6 episodes, 1981)
 
Series Film Editing by
Dick Allen (6 episodes, 1981)
Stan Pow (6 episodes, 1981)
 
Series Production Design by
Victor Meredith (6 episodes, 1981)
 
Series Costume Design by
Rita Reekie (6 episodes, 1981)
 
Series Makeup Department
Ann Ailes-Stevenson .... makeup artist (6 episodes, 1981)
 
Series Production Management
Margot Hayhoe .... production manager (6 episodes, 1981)
Richard Cox .... production manager (5 episodes, 1981)
 
Series Art Department
Douglas Burd .... graphic designer (6 episodes, 1981)
Peter Walpole .... property buyer (6 episodes, 1981)
 
Series Sound Department
Norman Bennett .... sound: studio / studio sound (6 episodes, 1981)
Graham Hare .... sound recordist (6 episodes, 1981)
Ron Edmonds .... dubbing mixer (3 episodes, 1981)
Elizabeth Parker .... special sound (2 episodes, 1981)
 
Series Visual Effects by
Steve Drevett .... visual effects designer (6 episodes, 1981)
 
Series Camera and Electrical Department
Brian Clemett .... studio lighting (6 episodes, 1981)
Peter Hall .... camera operator (6 episodes, 1981)
Ken Major .... camera operator: senior studio (6 episodes, 1981)
 
Series Editorial Department
Bill Morton .... vision mixer (6 episodes, 1981)
 
Series Music Department
Christopher Gunning .... conductor (1 episode, 1981)
 
Series Other crew
Zanna Beswick .... script editor (6 episodes, 1981)
Corinne Hollingworth .... assistant floor manager (6 episodes, 1981)
Sheelagh Rees .... production associate (6 episodes, 1981)
Sue Upton .... production assistant (6 episodes, 1981)
Peter Valentine .... technical manager (6 episodes, 1981)
 

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Australia:50 min (3 episodes) | 26 min (6 episodes)
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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:
Errors made by characters (possibly deliberate errors by the filmmakers): 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 »
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Referenced in The 100 Greatest Scary Moments (2003) (TV)See more »

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28 out of 29 people found the following review useful.
Still spooky, twenty years on!, 30 January 2003
Author: chuffnobbler from United Kingdom

When I was seven years old, Day of the Triffids scared me so much that my parents sent me to bed early, and banned me from watching later episodes. With a lifetime of memories of a few images, I was stunned to find the show rerun on British satellite telly, and nervous about watching it again.

As so many have commented here, the joy of DOTD is its concentration on the breakdown of society. With humanity rendered blind, there are some nasty images here: a starving woman struggling to open a box, unable to see that it's washing powder; another woman struggling to get into a tin of coffee; a crowd of blind people surrounding a car, desperate to grab hold of the sighted people inside it. Nasty, unsettling, realistic stuff.

The Triffids are kept to a minimum, and wisely so, as their appearance is a bit early-80s-BBC. They look a bit plastic. Careful camerawork highlighting their roots, shadows, lethal stinging "tongues"; and the eerie Triffid soundeffect, are supremely effective in keeping the horror of death by walking vegetable on the edge of screen throughout. With horrendous disease sweeping the land, a dictatorial self-imposed government planning to seize control, the breakdown of modern society is uncomfortably close. The first meeting of the group Bill meets up with, explaining that "women will be expected to have babies, men will be expected to work", could be real.

A few scary Triffid moments, and a lot of very believable "what if" issues ensure that DOTD is as special now as it was when I was sent to bed early, and woke with nightmares, all those years ago.

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