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.

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 Bill Masen (2 episodes, 2009)
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 Jo Playton (2 episodes, 2009)
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 Torrence (2 episodes, 2009)
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 Dennis (2 episodes, 2009)
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 Durrant (2 episodes, 2009)
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 Coker (2 episodes, 2009)
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 Osman (2 episodes, 2009)
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 Troy (2 episodes, 2009)
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 Lucy (2 episodes, 2009)
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 Ashdown (2 episodes, 2009)
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 Doctor Koch (2 episodes, 2009)
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 Colonel (2 episodes, 2009)
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 Hilda (2 episodes, 2009)
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 Old Man (2 episodes, 2009)
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 Jeff (2 episodes, 2009)
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 Bill's Mother (2 episodes, 2009)
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 Vronsky (2 episodes, 2009)
Sammy Williams ...
 Young Bill (2 episodes, 2009)
Eva Sayer ...
 Girl in Street (2 episodes, 2009)
Claire-Louise Cordwell ...
 Girl's Mother (2 episodes, 2009)
Simon Naylor ...
 Man in Street (2 episodes, 2009)
Paul Blair ...
 Man in Street (2 episodes, 2009)
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 Blind Police Officer (2 episodes, 2009)
Paul Woodson ...
 Barricade Police Officer (2 episodes, 2009)
Scott Baker ...
 Barricade Police Sergeant (2 episodes, 2009)
John White ...
 Barricade Man (2 episodes, 2009)
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 Cordelia (2 episodes, 2009)
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It's an up-to-date setting of the 1962 Sci-fi thriller. With the world blinded and the Triffids set loose, it falls upon a band of scattered, sighted survivors to fight this carnivorous plant invasion. With a brave new world of maniacs, warring factions and renegades, the battle on the streets is not only directed at the purple-headed organisms but a battle to survive the sinister street-army headed by megalomaniac Torrence. Written by Cinema_Fan

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The human race has had its day.


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This is not the first time a comic actor has played the sinister Torrence. In the TV series The Day of the Triffids (1981), the then little known actor Gary Olsen took the role. Olsen, who died in 2000, is better known for his role in the hit BBC sitcom 2point4 Children (1991). See more »

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After accumulated 140 minutes and 35 seconds, you see a dead man lying breathing, when our hero arrives after going out to fetch a male triffid. See more »

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Pretty awful made-for-holiday TV
30 December 2009 | by (London, UK) – See all my reviews

Buoyed on by the success of Dr Who and Torchwood, this Christmas special adaptation of John Wyndham's dystopian horror uses now-industry standard computer graphics to finesse an otherwise budget-fettered shoot. The money went on the stars. This was not a triumph for director Nick Copus whose zombie-blind stagger about the screen in a manner that makes the eponymous perambulating plants look believable. They're not. It isn't. This is the insurmountable problem of this miniseries, especially when the 'credible' includes Izzard's Torrence emerging from a plane crash dressed as a chimney sweep.

Patrick Harbison does a workmanlike job of updating the drama to properly reflect our current elephant in the room, i.e. over-consumption and climate change. It's the little details of dialogue designed to move the drama along that seem unlikely. I'd imagine a younger audience, more immersed in the vernacular of Dr Who and Torchwood are less likely to be put off. And it's all so serious!

I was rather impressed by the big-name sextet ensemble, although Vanessa Redgrave did more with less than the others. Izzard plays his wannabe despot with effective irony, in the vein of Alan Rickman's Sheriff of Nottingham. I didn't recognise Priestly (commendation) until the second instalment, the point at which his character throws his lot in with moral sentimentality (ugh). If you've seen 28 Days Later, I Am Legend or Children of Men then you've seen a properly funded version of urban Armageddon towards which the BBC can only tilt. 4/10


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