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The Day of the Triffids 

When a comet blinds nearly everyone in the world, a genetically-engineered species of plant takes over.
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John Duttine ...  Bill 6 episodes, 1981
Emma Relph Emma Relph ...  Jo 4 episodes, 1981
Maurice Colbourne ...  Coker 4 episodes, 1981
Jonathan Newth ...  Dr Soames 2 episodes, 1981
Gary Olsen Gary Olsen ...  Red-Haired Man / ... 2 episodes, 1981
Perlita Neilson Perlita Neilson ...  Miss Durrant 2 episodes, 1981
Jenny Lipman Jenny Lipman ...  Mary 2 episodes, 1981
Desmond Adams Desmond Adams ...  Dennis 2 episodes, 1981
Elizabeth Chambers Elizabeth Chambers ...  Car Attacker 2 episodes, 1981
Morris Barry Morris Barry ...  Car Attacker 2 episodes, 1981
Bernie Searle Bernie Searle ...  Car Attacker 2 episodes, 1981
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A terrible catastrophe has struck the population of Earth. Almost everyone on the planet has been rendered blind by the arrival of a bright comet and its debris lighting up the darkened skies, but the brightness has caused permanent eye damage. Bill Masen, who was unable to watch the spectacular but deadly free firework display, finds himself in a nightmarish world where he believes himself to be the only sighted person left. But soon he finds a soul-mate, Jo Pleyton, who can also see. As the days progress, they find more and more sighted people and together they make plans to build a future. But there is a problem. A walking, carnivorous plant called a "Triffid," which up until now was kept safely in paddocks and zoos, has broken free and has discovered a taste for rotting, human flesh. The remaining blind are helpless and many fall prey to the Triffids' lethal whipping sting, but can the sighted keep this fearful plant at bay? Written by Rhino <rhino@blueyonder.co.uk>

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Fantastic, frightening, but entirely plausible. John Wyndham's famous story of a world dominated by monstrous, stinging plants catches the imagination like the best of HG Wells. See more »


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Cats and dogs are found in the country, but never in the city. See more »

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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 »

Alternate Versions

This series was originally distributed in six parts (6 x 25min) for the BBC transmissions and in three parts (3 x 50min) for the original American airings. Since that time, both versions, as well as a combined "omnibus" version (all episodes aired as one "movie") have been distributed worldwide. See more »

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Still remains excellent.
13 May 2005 | by bannonanthonySee all my reviews

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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10 September 1981 (UK) See more »

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