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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 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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10 September 1981 (UK) See more »

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(3 episodes) | (6 episodes)

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Trivia

Each 8-foot-tall triffid prop concealed an operator on a go-kart seat in a fan-cooled, 5-foot diameter base. The base was modelled on a ginseng root. Two of the props were later used in a carnivorous plant display at the Natural History Museum in London, England. See more »

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Still spooky, twenty years on!
30 January 2003 | by chuffnobblerSee all my reviews

When I was seven years old, Day of the Triffids scared me so much that my parents sent me to bed early, and banned me from watching later episodes. With a lifetime of memories of a few images, I was stunned to find the show rerun on British satellite telly, and nervous about watching it again.

As so many have commented here, the joy of DOTD is its concentration on the breakdown of society. With humanity rendered blind, there are some nasty images here: a starving woman struggling to open a box, unable to see that it's washing powder; another woman struggling to get into a tin of coffee; a crowd of blind people surrounding a car, desperate to grab hold of the sighted people inside it. Nasty, unsettling, realistic stuff.

The Triffids are kept to a minimum, and wisely so, as their appearance is a bit early-80s-BBC. They look a bit plastic. Careful camerawork highlighting their roots, shadows, lethal stinging "tongues"; and the eerie Triffid soundeffect, are supremely effective in keeping the horror of death by walking vegetable on the edge of screen throughout. With horrendous disease sweeping the land, a dictatorial self-imposed government planning to seize control, the breakdown of modern society is uncomfortably close. The first meeting of the group Bill meets up with, explaining that "women will be expected to have babies, men will be expected to work", could be real.

A few scary Triffid moments, and a lot of very believable "what if" issues ensure that DOTD is as special now as it was when I was sent to bed early, and woke with nightmares, all those years ago.


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