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Release Date:
10 September 1981 (Australia) See more »
Genre:
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 »
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Cast

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John Duttine ... Bill Masen (6 episodes, 1981)
Emma Relph ... Jo Payton (4 episodes, 1981)
Maurice Colbourne ... Jack 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 Brent (2 episodes, 1981)
Desmond Adams ... Dennis Brent (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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Runtime:
Australia:50 min (3 episodes) | 26 min (6 episodes)
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The title sequence, by graphics designer Douglas Burd, was shot on 35mm film and used quantized color levels in stark relief against a black background. Burd was killed during production when his self-made plane crashed during a flight.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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Featured in "Screenwipe: Episode #1.3" (2006)See more »

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11 out of 11 people found the following review useful.
a BBC sci-fi classic, 13 April 2005
Author: CaptReynolds from New Zealand

I remember watching this on TV when I was little and being terrified of the triffids. I watched a lot of sci-fi but this stood out. I've always liked those survival stories like dawn of the dead or 28 days later. If you like those kind of movies you'll probably enjoy day of the triffids. When I saw it was now available on DVD I ordered it with plenty of enthusiasm and a little trepidation. Often those shows you watch and enjoy as a kid just don't hold up and watching them as an adult kind of takes the shine off those memories. I mean, how good do those special effects in Doctor Who look now. But, in this case I need not have worried. I've just watched all six episodes of Day of the Triffids in a row and I loved it. Yes, the special effects do look a little dated but all things considered, they're not that bad, and they don't interfere with your enjoyment. The story is great, well written and well paced, you never know what's going to happen next. Plus it throws up lots of little ethical questions. Also, the acting by all of the main cast is excellent. Forget about the old movie version, read the book or watch this mini series. 8/10.

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