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Day Of The Triffids (BBC-1 2009, Dougray Scott, Joely Richardson)

Day of the Triffids

An epic take on John Wyndham’s legendary apocalyptic scifi drama The Day of the Triffids. Last filmed by the beeb in 1981 in classic serial style with John Duttine in the lead as Bill Masen, the new version has an all star cast that includes Dougray Scott, Brian Cox, Eddie Izzard, Joely Richardson, Vanessa Redgrave and Jason Priestley.

The two parter, which is co-produced with Canada’s Prodigy Pictures, tells of the disaster that folllows when, sometime in the near future, our search for an alternative and ready source of fuel, leads to mass production of The Triffids, a plant with a deadly sting and carniverous tendancies, but following a bizarre solar storm that leaves much of the worlds population blinded, the Triffids real plans become obvious. They quickly escape the bonds of captivity and begin a rapid breeding programme and develop a taste for human flesh.

Dougray Scott plays Dr Bill Masen, a triffid expert who was luckily in hospital at the time of the solar storm and remains one of the few sighted people around. It is up to Bill to try and save the day.

Wyndham’s book, published in 1951, is a true classic and one that doesn’t supply an easy outcome for the protagonists, this is an exciting, big budget production and shows that the BBC’s new found love for scifi is showing no signs of going away soon. The Day of The Triffids was filmed in South-East England.

production details
UK / BBC-1 – Prodigy Pictures / 2×90 minute episodes / Broadcast 28 December 2009 – 4 January 2010

Writer: Patrick Harbinson / Novel: John Wyndham / Executive Producer: Justin Bodle / Producer: Stephen Smallwood / Director: Nick Copus

cast
DOUGRAY SCOTT as Bill Masen
JOELY RICHARDSON as Jo Playton
BRIAN COX as Dennis Masen
VANESSA REDGRAVE as Durrant
EDDIE IZZARD as Torrence
JASON PRIESTLEY as Croker
EWEN BREMNER as Walter Strange
SHANE TAYLOR as Osman
ANDREA HOPPE as Professor Vorless
NORA-JANE NOONE as Lucy
GENEVIEVE O’REILLY as Michelle Bradley
TIM FRANCES as Colonel
WILLIE JONAH as Old Man
STEVEN ELDER as Doctor Koch
ADAM SINCLAIR as Ashdown
JENN MURRAY as Susan
JULIA JOYCE as Imogen
RITA DAVIES as Wheelchair Lady
ROSALIND HALSTEAD as Cordelia
LIZZIE HOPLEY as Hilda
SIMON LOWE as Television Director
PHILIP ANTHONY as Father Thomas
TROY GLASGOW as Troy
PAUL CHAHIDI as Vronsky
JOHN WILSON GODDARD as Charlie
WILLIAM ILKLEY as Jeff
RAJI JAMES as Doctor
KATHRYN SUMNER as Bill’s Mother
SAM WILLIAMS as Young Bill
HELEN BARFORD as First Hospital Mother
MARGO VIRGINIA CARGILL as Second Hospital Mother
JASMINE HEFFERY as Third Hospital Mother
NATASHA ALDERSLADE as Fourth Hospital Mother
EVA SAYER as Girl in Street
CLAIRE-LOUISE CORDWELL as Girl’s Mother
SIMON NAYLOR, PAUL BLAIR as Men in Street
TONY MAUDSLEY as Blind Policeman
PAUL WOODSON as Barricade Police Officer
SCOTT BAKER as Barricade Police Sergeant
JOHN WHITE as Barricade Man
STEPHANIE CAREY as Barricade Woman
TIM VERSTEEGEN, KARL FISCHER as Australian Reporters