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The Day of the Triffids: Season 1: Episode 6 -- Bill and Jo have settled into life at the farmhouse, becoming self-sufficient and fending off triffid attacks with flamethrowers. But their quiet peace is soon to be shattered.
The Day of the Triffids: Season 1: Episode 5 -- As the people are dying, the triffids seem to be multiplying in number. Bill returns to the University looking for Jo and runs into Coker again before heading South.
The Day of the Triffids: Season 1: Episode 4 -- Now separated from Jo, Bill is held captive by Coker and forced to do his bidding, leading the blind and foraging for food. If he is ever to find Jo again he will have to escape.
The Day of the Triffids: Season 1: Episode 3 -- Bill and Jo sight a signal from the University Tower where a group of survivors have formed, and they both face a difficult moral decision about helping others. Bill becomes increasingly concerned about the triffids attacking.
The Day of the Triffids: Season 1: Episode 2 -- It slowly dawns on Bill that something truly terrible has happened overnight. Leaving the hospital, he meets and forms a bond with Jo Payton. Jo also missed the comet's display and so, like Bill, has not suffered the blindness visited upon others.


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Release Date:
10 September 1981 (Australia) See more »
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 (Series Cast Summary - 11 of 14)
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)

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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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 »
Crew or equipment visible: When Jack Coker flies off in the helicopter he is supposedly alone, but you can see a pilot flying the helicopter.See more »
Movie Connections:
Featured in "Screenwipe: Episode #1.3" (2006)See more »


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30 out of 33 people found the following review useful.
This is the real story of ... The Day of the Triffids!, 5 April 2005
Author: palexandersquires from United Kingdom

This is the best ever version of this famous science fiction novel. Even the choice of John Duttine as Bill Masen is very close to how I imagined him to look like. An average 36 year old man, who is lying in hospital, with his eyes bandaged up. This was the result of a Triffid sting. In the 1962 film, we do not find out why Bill Masen has this treatment! The triffids themselves are spot on! in detail and you see the sting lash out about 10 feet long.That is how John Wyndham describes them. So the BBC and Douglas Livingstone ,got this spot on! and we see Bill Masen as a child experiencing his first Triffid in his back garden. This DVD that I now have, has been eagerly awaited by myself. The opening music, is composed and conducted by Christopher Gunning. and is very stirring. every part of the dialogue was also as spoken in the book, (Yes I have read the book) and I know just how the story should unfold on the screen. It is a pity that widescreen TV's did not exist in 1981! as this would of been a great widescreen production. This series was in 6 parts by the way. You get a collector's booklet and all 6 parts on the DVD! Number BBC DVD 1152!

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