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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.








Series cast summary:
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


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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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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Cutting edge (circa 1980's)
18 September 2005 | by rogue9000See all my reviews

I remember watching this when i was a child and still enjoy it as much now as i did then,the breakdown of morals were shown very quickly with the main character trying to save a girl from being raped and it made me think what would happen if there was no more law and order and the sighted could do whatever they wished.OK the triffids are very 1980's (but that is when it was made so what do you expect) But if they made a remake now it would be all CGI and no story (war of the worlds being a major case).All in all i would have to say get it (not the rubbish film but the bbc version) settle down on a Sunday afternoon and go back in time to when a programme had to keep you hooked by the story line and not the special effects and maybe make you worried about your garden at night lol.

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10 September 1981 (UK) See more »

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