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The human race has had its day.
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. Full summary »
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 (Series Cast Summary - 28 of 32)

Dougray Scott ... Bill Masen (2 episodes, 2009)

Joely Richardson ... Jo Playton (2 episodes, 2009)

Eddie Izzard ... Torrence (2 episodes, 2009)

Brian Cox ... Dennis (2 episodes, 2009)

Vanessa Redgrave ... Durrant (2 episodes, 2009)

Jason Priestley ... Coker (2 episodes, 2009)

Shane Taylor ... Osman (2 episodes, 2009)
Troy Glasgow ... Troy (2 episodes, 2009)

Nora-Jane Noone ... Lucy (2 episodes, 2009)

Adam Sinclair ... Ashdown (2 episodes, 2009)

Steven Elder ... Doctor Koch (2 episodes, 2009)
Tim Frances ... Colonel (2 episodes, 2009)

Lizzie Hopley ... Hilda (2 episodes, 2009)
Willie Jonah ... Old Man (2 episodes, 2009)

William Ilkley ... Jeff (2 episodes, 2009)
Kathryn Sumner ... Bill's Mother (2 episodes, 2009)
Paul Chahidi ... 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)

Tony Maudsley ... 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)

Rosalind Halstead ... Cordelia (2 episodes, 2009)
David Buchanan ... Henchman (2 episodes, 2009)

Series Directed by
Nick Copus (2 episodes, 2009)
Series Writing credits
Patrick Harbinson (2 episodes, 2009)
John Wyndham (2 episodes, 2009)

Richard Mewis (unknown episodes)

Series Produced by
Ken Baker .... associate producer (2 episodes, 2009)
Justin Bodle .... executive producer (2 episodes, 2009)
Jay Firestone .... executive producer (2 episodes, 2009)
Richard Mewis .... development producer (2 episodes, 2009)
Eleanor Moran .... executive producer (2 episodes, 2009)
Michael Preger .... executive producer (2 episodes, 2009)
Ewa Radwanska .... executive producer (2 episodes, 2009)
Stephen Smallwood .... executive producer (2 episodes, 2009)

John Gaskin .... supervising producer: Canada (unknown episodes, 2009)
Series Original Music by
Alan D. Boyd (2 episodes, 2009)
Series Cinematography by
Ben Smithard (2 episodes, 2009)
Series Film Editing by
Belinda Cottrell (2 episodes, 2009)
Ben Lester (2 episodes, 2009)
Alex Mackie (2 episodes, 2009)
Tim Murrell (2 episodes, 2009)
Series Casting by
Kate Rhodes James (2 episodes, 2009)
Series Production Design by
Joel Collins (2 episodes, 2009)
Series Art Direction by
Robyn Paiba (2 episodes, 2009)
Patrick Rolfe (2 episodes, 2009)
Series Set Decoration by
Robert Wischhusen-Hayes (2 episodes, 2009)
Series Costume Design by
Susie Coulthard (2 episodes, 2009)
Series Makeup Department
Sarah Kelly .... assistant makeup artist (2 episodes, 2009)
Lois McIntosh .... makeup supervisor (2 episodes, 2009)
Mary Southgate .... hair designer / makeup designer (2 episodes, 2009)
Series Production Management
Rachel Sutherland .... post-production supervisor (2 episodes, 2009)
Series Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Hannah Andrews .... crowd assistant director (2 episodes, 2009)
Scott Bunce .... first assistant director: second unit (2 episodes, 2009)
Marcus Catlin .... first assistant director (2 episodes, 2009)
Ben Harrison .... second assistant director (2 episodes, 2009)

Tom Browne .... third assistant director: second unit (unknown episodes, 2009)
Glyn Harper .... third assistant director (unknown episodes, 2009)
Series Art Department
Caroline Barclay .... standby art director (2 episodes, 2009)
Max Berman .... prop maker (2 episodes, 2009)
Mat Campbell .... key greensman (2 episodes, 2009)
Colin Childs .... model maker (2 episodes, 2009)
Peter Davis .... scenic painter (2 episodes, 2009)
Bruce Gallup .... h.o.d. painter (2 episodes, 2009)
Prue Howard .... production buyer (2 episodes, 2009)
Justin Hutchinson-Chatburn .... concept artist (2 episodes, 2009)
Robert Judd .... daily standby props/dressing props (2 episodes, 2009)
Seeta Lingam .... graphic art director (2 episodes, 2009)
Carly Reddin .... props (2 episodes, 2009)
Nigel Salter .... property master (2 episodes, 2009)
Ellie Shanks .... assistant production buyer (2 episodes, 2009)
Mitchell Stuart .... matte painting (2 episodes, 2009)

Michael Bayouth .... storyboard artist (unknown episodes, 2009)
Craig Cheeseman .... props (unknown episodes, 2009)
Gareth Cousins .... assistant art director (unknown episodes, 2009)
Dan Crandon .... construction manager (unknown episodes, 2009)
Bruce Gordon .... sculptor (unknown episodes, 2009)
Series Sound Department
Eric Apps .... sound re-recording mixer (2 episodes, 2009)
Tom Bjelic .... supervising effects editor (2 episodes, 2009)
Lee Crichlow .... triffid sound design (2 episodes, 2009)
Simon Diggins .... adr recordist (2 episodes, 2009)
Mark Gingras .... sound effects editor (2 episodes, 2009)
Katie Halliday .... sound effects editor (2 episodes, 2009)
Mark Hinkley .... boom swinger (2 episodes, 2009)
Russell Jeffery .... sound recordist (2 episodes, 2009)
John Laing .... supervising dialogue editor (2 episodes, 2009)
Frank Morrone .... sound re-recording mixer (2 episodes, 2009)
Adam Stein .... sound effects editor (2 episodes, 2009)

Ryan Hill .... sound assistant (unknown episodes, 2009)
Series Special Effects by
Neal Champion .... special effects supervisor (2 episodes, 2009)
Nick P. Phillips .... special effects technician (2 episodes, 2009)

Bernard Newton .... special effects (unknown episodes, 2009)
Scott Peters .... special effects technician (unknown episodes, 2009)
Series Visual Effects by
Derek Babchishin .... animator (2 episodes, 2009)
Mike Barber .... visual effects editor (2 episodes, 2009)
Brian Beaver .... visual effects coordinator (2 episodes, 2009)
Laurence Berkani .... visual effects producer (2 episodes, 2009)
Tavia Charlton .... visual effects producer (2 episodes, 2009)
Corina Clarin .... visual effects coordinator (2 episodes, 2009)
Daniel Coupal .... digital compositor (2 episodes, 2009)
Gary Couto .... digital compositor (2 episodes, 2009)
Etienne Daigle .... lead compositor (2 episodes, 2009)
Mikaël Damant-Sirois .... CG supervisor (2 episodes, 2009)
Colin Davies .... visual effects supervisor (2 episodes, 2009)
Amy Daye .... digital compositor: SPIN VFX (2 episodes, 2009)
Nicolas Deziel .... digital compositor (2 episodes, 2009)
Karina Di Cunto .... visual effects coordinator (2 episodes, 2009)
Thai Son Doan .... digital compositor (2 episodes, 2009)
Eric Doiron .... compositing supervisor: Spin VFX (2 episodes, 2009)
Danny Duchesneau .... digital compositor (2 episodes, 2009)
Mark Fordham .... matte painter (2 episodes, 2009)
Juan Jesús García .... senior matte artist (2 episodes, 2009)
Dominic Guilmette .... lighting td (2 episodes, 2009)
Mary Holding .... compositor (2 episodes, 2009)
Justin Hutchinson-Chatburn .... pre-visualization editor (2 episodes, 2009)
Ariel Joson .... visual effects artist: Rocket Science VFX (2 episodes, 2009)
Ludovic Lebart .... lighting artist (2 episodes, 2009)
Christine Leclerc .... lighting artist (2 episodes, 2009)
Duncan Lees .... head of 3D services (2 episodes, 2009)
Sebastien Lepine .... lead animator (2 episodes, 2009)
Natalie Lovatt .... visual effects coordinator (2 episodes, 2009)
John Mather .... visual effects artist (2 episodes, 2009)
Daniel May .... visual effects art director (2 episodes, 2009)
Dipesh Mistry .... visual effects editor: SPIN VFX (2 episodes, 2009)
Rene Morel .... visual effects creative director (2 episodes, 2009)
Marc Morissette .... senior digital compositor (2 episodes, 2009)
Emiliano Nanfaro .... pre-vis artist (2 episodes, 2009)
Alexandre Paillon .... lighting artist (2 episodes, 2009)
Louis Paré .... animator (2 episodes, 2009)
Jonathan Piche-Delorme .... digital compositor (2 episodes, 2009)
Francis Provencher .... it director: Lumiere VFX (2 episodes, 2009)
Stevie Ramone .... digital compositor (2 episodes, 2009)
Kenneth Sales .... compositing artist: Rocket Science (2 episodes, 2009)
Tim Sibley .... senior effects artist: SPIN VFX (2 episodes, 2009)
Tom Turnbull .... visual effects supervisor (2 episodes, 2009)
Mark Visser .... technical director (2 episodes, 2009)

Ian Allard .... lighting supervisor (unknown episodes, 2009)
Sylvain Allard .... digital artist (unknown episodes, 2009)
Darren A. Bell .... visual effects executive producer: Intelligent Creatures (unknown episodes, 2009)
Nestor Benito .... compositor (unknown episodes, 2009)
Eloi Brunelle .... digital compositor (unknown episodes, 2009)
Ashish Dewan .... digital compositor: SPIN VFX (unknown episodes, 2009)
Matthieu Fiorilli .... rigging artist (unknown episodes, 2009)
David Fournier .... animator (unknown episodes, 2009)
Maxime Garneau .... digital artist (unknown episodes, 2009)
Magnolia Ku Lea .... animator (unknown episodes, 2009)
Jeremy Lambolez .... animator (unknown episodes, 2009)
David Larochelle .... digital compositor (unknown episodes, 2009)
Pier Lefebvre .... digital matte painter (unknown episodes, 2009)
Eric Maltais .... digital artist (unknown episodes, 2009)
Philip Melancon .... animator (unknown episodes, 2009)
Jean-Francois Morissette .... lead matchmover (unknown episodes, 2009)
Robert Quinn .... digital artist (unknown episodes, 2009)
Derek Robertson .... visual effects coordinator (unknown episodes, 2009)
Series Stunts
Stephanie Carey .... stunt double (2 episodes, 2009)
Nrinder Dhudwar .... stunt coordinator (2 episodes, 2009)
Adam Richards .... stunt double / stunt performer / ... (2 episodes, 2009)
William Willoughby .... stunt double (2 episodes, 2009)
Series Camera and Electrical Department
John Bailie .... first assistant camera (2 episodes, 2009)
Hatti Beanland .... second assistant camera unit: motion capture department (2 episodes, 2009)
Adam Coles .... first assistant camera (2 episodes, 2009)
Andy Duncan .... gaffer (2 episodes, 2009)
Steve Foster .... best boy (2 episodes, 2009)
Dermot Hickey .... first assistant camera (2 episodes, 2009)
Angus Muir .... still photographer (2 episodes, 2009)
Ronan Murphy .... grip (2 episodes, 2009)
Jonathan Tubb .... camera trainee (2 episodes, 2009)
Gerry Vasbenter .... camera operator (2 episodes, 2009)

Hamish Doyne-Ditmas .... director of photography: second unit (unknown episodes, 2009)
Alex Golding .... assistant camera / second assistant camera (unknown episodes, 2009)
Dean Murray .... assistant camera (unknown episodes, 2009)
Sam Smithard .... assistant camera (unknown episodes, 2009)
Series Animation Department
Mylene L. Santos .... animator (1 episode, 2009)

Julien Abenhaim .... animator (unknown episodes, 2009)
Series Casting Department
Jane Anderson .... casting associate (2 episodes, 2009)
Tina Gerussi .... casting: Canada (2 episodes, 2009)
Series Costume and Wardrobe Department
Ian Fulcher .... costume supervisor (2 episodes, 2009)
Vanessa Lingham .... costume: daily (2 episodes, 2009)
Series Editorial Department
Simon Brasse .... additional assistant editor (2 episodes, 2009)
Thomas Parker .... assistant editor (2 episodes, 2009)
Joanne Rourke .... colour grader (2 episodes, 2009)
Motassem Younes .... on-line editor (2 episodes, 2009)
Series Music Department
Felix Erskine .... composer: additional music / composer: additional music / orchestrator (2 episodes, 2009)

Nick Taylor .... score mixer (unknown episodes, 2009)
Series Transportation Department
Tony Evans .... driver: minibus (2 episodes, 2009)
Hefin Jones .... facilities driver (2 episodes, 2009)
Mike Moran .... driver: minibus (2 episodes, 2009)
Rod Patterson .... facilities captain (2 episodes, 2009)
Series Other crew
Ruth Atkinson .... script supervisor (2 episodes, 2009)
Jon Baker .... armorer (2 episodes, 2009)
Carrie-Ann Banner .... assistant co-ordinator (2 episodes, 2009)
Nic Benns .... title designer (2 episodes, 2009)
Anne Frederick .... publicist (2 episodes, 2009)
John Gaskin .... production accountant: Canada (2 episodes, 2009)
Alex Gill .... publicist (2 episodes, 2009)
Claire Hirsch .... script executive (2 episodes, 2009)
Catherina Ren Knerr .... dialogue help (2 episodes, 2009)
Nicholas Lambon .... script research (2 episodes, 2009)
Erin Lander .... floor runner: dailies (2 episodes, 2009)
Brian Lynch .... development executive: Prodigy (2 episodes, 2009)
Richard Mewis .... additional material (2 episodes, 2009)
Sharon Moran .... production coordinator (2 episodes, 2009)
Dan Osborne .... armourer (2 episodes, 2009)
Vanessa Piazza .... development executive: Prodigy (2 episodes, 2009)
Sheila Price .... production accountant (2 episodes, 2009)
Matt Storey .... floor runner (2 episodes, 2009)
Tom Stourton .... location manager (2 episodes, 2009)
Angus Towler .... script editor (2 episodes, 2009)
Peter Tullo .... location manager (2 episodes, 2009)
Mike Woodley .... aviation consultant (2 episodes, 2009)

David Biswell .... production runner (unknown episodes, 2009)
Yoko Lytle .... production secretary (unknown episodes, 2009)

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Did You Know?

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 »
Factual errors: 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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22 out of 31 people found the following review useful.
Some good b-movie monster moments do not cover the missed potential and irritating lack of internal logic in the plotting, 30 December 2009
Author: bob the moo from United Kingdom

Injured in an attack at his work place, triffid expert Bill Mason (sp) is in hospital with his eyes bandaged when the solar event of a lifetime occurs across the earth as solar flares create a cosmic firework display for all to see. When he wakes he finds the hospital in chaos as everyone appears to have been struck blind with only those not watching the sky at its peak. Society quickly crumbles as those with sight struggle with the choices inherent in protecting the weak or looking after themselves. However Mason has more immediate concerns as he knows that the triffids, farmed for years for their oil, require strict control and management given their ability to move and their carnivorous diet and that inevitable power failures will release them to look for easy and defenceless food sources.

In the original material the triffids are pretty much in the background of the story as the focus is more on the collapse of society and the retention (or otherwise) of morality that comes with it. The BBC miniseries got closest to it while the b-movie from the 1960's focused more on the escape from the creatures themselves. Although I did expect a bit more in the way of intelligence and horrific moral drama from this three hour film, I was not overly surprised to find that the Christmas BBC blockbuster production took the "action first" route – not surprised but perhaps a little disappointed. This is not in itself a bad thing because I don't see the logic in deriding something simply because it didn't stick to the source material if whatever it does with it actually works well – it is a different time, a different media and a different writer (adapter). Being protective is not a bad thing either, but the reality is somewhere in the middle, not at either extreme.

The problem then because one of whether this version "works" and it must be said that it does work well in specific moments but not as a whole. What this means is that there are moments and sequences that work well if you just view them as standalone moments. Many of the triffid attacks are well done, while there are scattered moments of drama associated with the treatment of the blind and the selection of survivors. These "moments" are not momentary and as a result I did quite enjoy it as I sat in front of it but ultimately I am not watching a series of "reasonably good bits" but rather one drama that has to work over three hours (yes, three). This is the thing you see, it doesn't work that well, mostly due to the focus of the plot combined with the near total lack of internal logic.

The plot has decided that a clear goodie and baddie are required so, although he is never explained and doesn't make a lot of sense, Eddie Izzard's Torrence is the baddie foil to Mason's goodie. As a result, the bigger picture quickly takes a back seat to Torrence's pursuit of Mason and Jo. This gives us the base of a thriller plot but it does rather fold the whole story in on itself and needs good work done to layer it and add more complexity to it. Sadly it doesn't do this. There are some small moment of tragedy and tough decisions early on but mostly it doesn't do this and it certainly doesn't make it part of the total film so much as part of specific moments. The frequent moments of peril keep it distracting but they are not enough on their own to fill the running time or to distract the mind from the many illogical moments or moments of sheer lay writing convenience (constantly ensuring that the main characters manage to find each other to keep the narrative moving). This continues the whole way to a weak ending that does the same thing and is somewhat of a disappointment that brings earlier failings into sharper focus.

The cast are reasonably impressive on paper but not that good in reality. Scott matches the square jaw of Howard Keel with his gruff voice and lack of noticeable range. Richardson is better but is never given the material to work with. Izzard could have been a great villain but sadly nobody has written one for him so his performance is poor and his presence distracting – he does seem to be in a different movie. Priestly has more of a "oh look at him" effect rather than being a good turn, while the presence of Cox, Bremner and Redgrave suggest more have been possible with a better script.

Not a great surprise then to find that a festive television special delivers the b-movie monster thrills but doesn't challenge or engage the brain all that much (although to read the boards here you'd think the makers had exhumed Wyndham and performed terrible acts with his remains). Missed potential and full of irritating jumps in logic and plotting make it nothing more than this and not something to go out of your way to see.

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