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All Star cast for BBC's Day of the Triffids

by Brad Trechak, posted Feb 12th 2009 12:06PM
Eddie IzzardA myriad of celebrities are set to star in the BBC's modern remake of the classic sci-fi novel Day of the Triffids. Names include Jason Priestley, Vanessa Redgrave, Brian Cox and Eddie Izzard.

There seems to be quite a few remakes going on in the world of British television at the moment (Triffids was adapted for BBC television once already in 1981 and had a big-screen version in 1962). We have The Prisoner, Survivors, and now Day of the Triffids. Both Survivors and Triffids deal with the theme of a post-apocalyptic world.

I'm not sure if Triffids was the first story to use the post-apocalyptic genre, but it's certainly one of the most popular. The book itself is a combination of the movies The Happening (where plants attack humanity) and Blindness (where most of humanity is rendered blind).

The anti-Soviet themes of the book won't be applicable in these times, but I'm sure the flesh-eating Triffids will have other, more modern analogies.

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Chizzle from Showbizzle

The BBC is the only thing I watch on TV these days!!!


February 12 2009 at 4:48 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Day of the Triffids is an extraordinary, clever story.

For those not familiar (spoiler alert...but only towards the premise, not the actual story) the premise is that a meteor shower is seen heading to the earth and all of mankind is treated to a spectacular light show as these meteors streak through our atmosphere.

The problem is that the light they gave off blinds everyone.

The second problem is that they weren't meteors, they were seed pods.

February 12 2009 at 3:01 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
1 reply to Pingles's comment

Actually the Triffids existed before the meteor strike, as the reason Bill Masen was in the hospital with his eyes covered was becasue he was stung by one. Also Bill was stung my a triffid when he was younger.

The theory in the book is that the 'meteor shower' cou;d have been a satellite born weapon of mass distruction.

February 13 2009 at 5:23 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

My hat is off to the BBC. They consistently bring on the good stuff. I love BBC America, one of my favorite stations.


February 12 2009 at 1:54 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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