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Seasons:
1
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 »
User Reviews:
Still remains excellent. 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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Runtime:
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 »
Movie Connections:
Featured in The 100 Greatest Scary Moments (2003) (TV)See more »

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17 out of 17 people found the following review useful.
Still remains excellent., 13 May 2005
Author: Anthony Bannon (bannonanthony) from Annalong, N. Ireland

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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